OCG 2017.01 Metagame Report #4

Welcome to Week #4 of the OCG 2017.01 format.

The metagame has settled between Zoodiac (with a sprinkle of Kaiju) and True Draco.

This report will cover 85 top-performing decks from 11 tournaments that were held in Japan and Hong Kong during 21 – 22 January 2017.

Edit: Zoodiac that are splashing Master Peace will be now known as Master Peace Zoodiac, to differentiate them from Zoodiac True Draco.


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Metagame Breakdown

  • 56 Zoodiac (21 Kaiju, 16 Master Peace variant)
  • 18 True Draco (17 Zoodiac variant)
  • 11 Others:
    • 3 Zoodiac Magician
    • 2 Lawnmowing Infernoid
    • 1 Artifact Zoodiac Invoked
    • 1 Kozmo
    • 1 Lawnmowing Zoodiac Predaplant Shiranui
    • 1 Zoodiac Predaplant True Draco Monarch
    • 1 Zoodiac True Draco Metalfoes
    • 1 Zoodiac True Draco Predaplant



Players are flocking back to Zoodiac, spread equally across the 3 variants – 19 mono Zoodiac, 21 Kaiju Zoodiac, 16 Master Peace Zoodiac.

Among the 16 Master Peace Zoodiac, 14 of them are running Interrupted Kaiju Slumber in their Side Deck. This gives them the flexibility to switch between Master Peace Zoodiac and Kaiju Zoodiac between Duels.

Mono Zoodiac makes a surprising resurgence this week. By running a huge amount of disruption in the form of Hand Quick Effect monsters (“Hand Traps”) and Trap cards, they aim to stop the opponent from playing out their strategy.


True Draco

True Draco is reliant on Dragonic Diagram to start their engine.

Popular disruption like Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring in the Main Deck and Typhoon in the Side Deck are giving True Draco a difficult time.

To avoid being outright stalled by a single “Hand Trap”, True Draco are hedging on a heavier Zoodiac core.



The competitive scene is now a concentration of Zoodiac and True Draco.

Maximum Crisis has unexpectedly stifled other varieties like Invoked and Infernoid.



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4 Responses

  1. Khazar says:

    So the most reliable way to beat Master Peace is to not allow it to enter the field? I must say, im genuinely impressed how well Juunishishis are doing against True Dracos, I expected a shift in the meta.

    • Katsura Kotarou says:

      Even if Master enters the field he would be still vulnerable to one type : M, S or T.

  2. Breno Cambra says:

    where are eidolon? I thought it was quite strong but now it’s gone lol

    • Akira says:

      Ghost Ash & Spring Flowers can negate:
      Aleister the Invoker
      Reckless Magic Circle
      which essentially stops Invoked from getting their Fusion spell, and without it they can’t bring out Invoked Merkabah.

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