OCG 2017.01 Metagame Report #0

Welcome to Week #0 of the OCG 2017.01 format.

The OCG 2017.01 Limit Regulation was revealed 2 weeks ago. Although the new Limit Regulation will officially take effect on 1 January 2017, numerous tournaments were already held using the new Limit Regulation over the past weekend.

This report will tabulate 75 top-performing decks from 10 Japanese tournaments that were held during 24 – 29 December 2016.


New Product Release


  • Structure Deck: Pendulum Evolution


Metagame Breakdown

  • 20 Invoked (18 Zoodiac, 1 Artifact Windwitch, 1 Artifact Zoodiac variant)
  • 18 Zoodiac (7 Kaiju variant)
  • 14 Infernoid (7 Lawnmowing Zoodiac, 6 Zoodiac, 1 Lawnmowing variant)
  • 7 Zoodiac Metalfoes
  • 16 Others:
    • 4 Zoodiac Magician (2 Invoked variant)
    • 3 Kozmo (1 Zoodiac Metalfoes variant)
    • 3 Lawnmowing Zoodiac Invoked Lightsworn
    • 1 Darklord
    • 1 HERO
    • 1 Lawnmowing Zoodiac Lightsworn Shiranui
    • 1 Lawnmowing Zoodiac Shiranui
    • 1 Qliphort
    • 1 Zoodiac Paleozoic Volcanic



Towards the end of the OCG 2016.10 format, Zoodiac Invoked was catching up to Zoodiac.

Zoodiac Invoked was relatively untouched by the OCG 2017.01 Limit Regulation and continues strong into the new format.



Despite the limitation of Speedroid Terrortop and Fire Formation – Tenki, Zoodiac continues to perform well.

The hit to their consistency brings them down a notch to the same level as the other decks, but they are still one of the best in the new OCG 2017.01 format.



Relatively untouched by the OCG 2017.01 Limit Regulation, Infernoid gains a new support in the form of the reworked Future Fusion.

However, Imperial Order stops Infernoid in its track, and could even outright end the game when Left Arm Offering is negated.



Mono Zoodiac decks are much less prevalent, but the Zoodiac engine is still ran in almost every top performing decks.

Magician fails to find a solid footing as players are prepared with Anti-Spell Fragrance and Imperial Order in the Side Deck.



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2 Responses

  1. Larry Gaiser says:

    pretty sure the new magician deck also suffers from rulings that changed the general gameplan by making it so iris magician couldn’t use his pendulum effect on the first turn since you can’t battle that turn. (and they went and banned kirin…)

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