OCG 2017.04 Metagame (1 Apr – 30 Jun 2017)

OCG 2017.04 marked the beginning of a new era. The “New Master Rules” was implemented and together with it was the debut of Link Monsters.

Compiled from a total of 668 top-placing decks from 95 competitive tournaments held in Japan, China and Asia, here is the final metagame breakdown of the OCG 2017.04 format.

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 241 Zoodiac:
    • 179 True Draco Zoodiac
    • 59 Mono Zoodiac
    • 3 Kaiju Zoodiac
  • 190 True Draco:
    • 103 Demise True Draco
    • 33 Windwitch Spellbook True Draco
    • 23 Invoked True Draco
    • 16 Mono True Draco
    • 4 Demise Spellbook True Draco
    • 4 Invoked Spellbook True Draco
    • 3 Windwitch Invoked True Draco
    • 2 Spellbook True Draco
    • 1 Windwitch True Draco
    • 1 Trickstar True Draco
  • 121 Dinosaur:
    • 84 True King Dinosaur
    • 36 True King Yang Zing Dinosaur
    • 1 True King Grandsoil Dinosaur
  • 32 Kozmo:
    • 30 True Draco Metalfoes Kozmo
    • 2 True Draco Kozmo
  • 23 Yang Zing:
    • 21 Dinosaur Yang Zing
    • 2 D/D Dinosaur Yang Zing
  • 15 Trickstar:
    • 10 Windwitch Trickstar
    • 5 Mono Trickstar
  • 7 Infernoid:
    • 5 Greener Infernoid
    • 1 Mono Infernoid
    • 1 Windwitch Spellbook Infernoid
  • 7 Metalfoes:
    • 2 Windwitch Spellbook True Draco Metalfoes
    • 2 Windwitch True Draco Metalfoes
    • 1 True Draco Metalfoes
    • 1 True Draco Spellbook Metalfoes
    • 1 True Draco Zefra Metalfoes
  • 4 Brilliant Venus Stargrail
  • 3 Windwitch Kaiju Luna
  • 2 Fluffal
  • 2 Kaiju Burning Abyss
  • 2 Invoked:
    • 1 Kaiju Invoked
    • 1 Windwitch Trickstar Invoked
  • 2 Windwitch Artifact Kaiju
  • 2 Windwitch Graydle
  • 1 Burn
  • 1 Darklord
  • 1 Greener Lightsworn Gandora
  • 1 Greener Predaplant Lunalight
  • 1 Greener Skull Servant
  • 1 Kaiju Performapal Odd-Eyes Magician
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Infernity
  • 1 Kaiju Atlantean Mermail
  • 1 Lightsworn
  • 1 Magician
  • 1 Ritual Beast
  • 1 Shiranui
  • 1 True Draco Zoodiac Monarch
  • 1 Zefra

 

Zoodiac

Zoodiac was thought to be dead when Zoodiac Drident, Zoodiac Barrage became forbidden, and Zoodiac Ratpier became limited. But Zoodiac Broadbull was still too good.

Zoodiac in OCG 2017.04 plays in a similar style as the traditional Gadget control deck. Through the effect of Zoodiac Broadbull, Zoodiac monsters becomes self-replacing, just like the cycling of Green Gadget, Red Yellow and Yellow Gadget.

With the card advantage from Zoodiac Broadbull, the Zoodiac player will remain ahead by simply disrupting the opponent with “Hand Traps” (Quick Effect monsters that activates from hand) such as Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring and Skull Meister.

Zoodiac is more efficient at summoning Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King. The effect of Zoodiac Chakanine generates a free monster for the Tribute Summon.

With power from Master Peace, and consistency from Zoodiac Broadbull and Dragonic Diagram, together they made True Draco Zoodiac the best deck in the OCG 2017.04 metagame.

  • Zoodiac Broadbull – 3 → 0

It should be safe to say that the reign of Zoodiac has finally ended … or so we hope.

 

True Draco

Demise True Draco begun strongly and remained a strong contender throughout the whole format.

However, the deck is inefficient at using a monster for the Tribute Summon of Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King. The lack of Monster Effect immunity results in a weaker Master Peace that is vulnerable against another Master Peace or the effect of Zoodiac Whiptail.

  • Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King – 3 → 1
  • Dragonic Diagram – 3 → 1
  • Card of Demise – 3 → 2
  • Terraforming – 3 → 2

We will be seeing less of Master Peace, but the True Draco engine is still competent. They are currently being played with Invoked at the dawn of the OCG 2017.07 format.

 

True King Dinosaur

True King Dinosaur has the most explosive openings. It cripples the opponent by banishing 2 cards from their hand using Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier and then Phantom Fortress Enterblathnir.

The Yang Zing variant would open with Denglong, First of the Yang Zing and Nine Pillars of Yang Zing, and then follow up with Herald of the Arc Light. This essentially equates to the negation of 2 cards.

While the deck has a very high power level, it lacks in consistency and struggles to make plays under disruption from the opponent.

Interestingly, top Japanese players such as Hiyama Shunsuke (2015, 2016 World Champion), Momiji Daiki (5-8th at World Championship 2016), and Hasegawa Akira (3rd at World Championship 2015) were all playing True King Dinosaur or True King Yang Zing Dinosaur.

  • Dragonic Diagram – 3 → 1
  • Terraforming – 3 → 2

True King Dinosaur has taken a minor hit in terms of consistency, and remains as a top contender in the early OCG 2017.07 format.

 

Conclusion

Out of all 668 decks, 190 were True Draco decks, 121 were True King decks, and 219 were decks running with True Draco engine. Only 138 decks were not running any Dragonic Diagram.

In total, Dragonic Diagram was played in 79.34% of the decks.

The limitation of Dragonic Diagram is largely justified.

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1 Response

  1. Mach Dragon says:

    What font did you use for ドアごニックD? Looks nice

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