OCG 2017.01 Metagame Report #10

Welcome to Week #10 of the OCG 2017.01 format.

This report will tabulate 34 top-performing decks from 7 tournaments that were held in Japan and China during 4 – 5 March 2017.


Metagame Breakdown

  • 24 Zoodiac (1 Kaiju, 1 Master Peace variant)
  • 6 Zoodiac True Draco
  • 4 Others:
    • 1 True King Dinosaur
    • 1 Zoodiac Fairy Tail
    • 1 Zoodiac True Draco Metalfoes
    • 1 Zoodiac True King



Yada Makoto (World Championship 2016 Quarter-Finalist) ran a heavily teched out Zoodiac deck that is focused solely on beating Zoodiac and True Draco.

His deck is noticeably lacking of Cosmic Cyclone in the Main Deck, and Anti-Spell Fragrance, Neverending Nightmare in the Side Deck.

The unorthodox build paid off for him as he went 7-1 to win the 7th 193 Osu Shop CS – winning all 6 Zoodiac mirror matches, and going 1-1 against Zoodiac True Draco.


True King Dinosaur

A True King Dinosaur deck was victorious at a Team 5v5 tournament, but his individual result was a lackluster 4-2-1. His 4 teammates were running Zoodiac, but didn’t perform much better at 5-2 each.

I am skeptical that this deck could perform consistently in the current Zoodiac metagame, but it might be a worthwhile consideration for the next OCG 2017.04 format under the new Master Rule.



We are near the end of the OCG 2017.01 format and it is unlikely that we will see any new innovation for this format. Without a doubt, mono Zoodiac is the best deck in the OCG 2017.01.



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7 Responses

  1. Kanie Seiya says:

    Why does Yada Makoto run Abyss Dweller? Isn’t Gagaga Samurai a better option?

    • Akira says:

      Abyss Dweller is for the True Draco matchup – to stop their Continuous Spell Cards and Continuous Trap Cards from activating when they are sent from the Spell & Trap Zone to the graveyard.

  2. Kanie Seiya says:

    Thanks. Appreciate all the time you invest in this blog as well as the sheer quality of the content.

  3. Karim says:

    Why is Goyo Defender good in the True King Dinosaur deck ?

    • Felix says:

      Lv 2 Cute Dinosaur + Jurrac Tuner => Goyo Defender => Leviar => Summon Vanished Oviraptor to Search Lv 4 Dinosaur (Mainly, Phantasm) => Leviar + Goyo Defender = N’tss =>Use N’tss to summon Lv 4 Dinosaur => R4nk into Samurai (1 Removal + OTK), Ragna (2 Quickie Removal with Draw 1, Achieve with Lost World) or Abyss Dweller (1 Quickie Removal + 1 Time soul Drain)

  4. Christian says:

    why typhoon (the trap)

    • Akira says:

      It’s mainly for the Zoodiac True Draco match-up – Zoodiac Barrage, Fire Formation – Tenki, Dragonic Diagram, Succession of the True Draco, Disciples of the True Dracophoenix, Revival of the True King, Apocalypse of the True Dracos. Plenty of targets to hit, but could only hit the 2nd face-up Spell/Trap card if Typhoon is being activated from hand.

      Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit is arguably better (except against Tenki), but its effect could only be played once per turn. Hence the ratio of 2 Ghost Ogre 1 Typhoon (instead of simply 3 Ghost Ogre).

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