OCG 2017.07 Metagame Report #11

Welcome to Week #11 of the OCG 2017.07 format.

“The name is Bond, James Bond.”

This report will tabulate 45 top-performing decks from 8 tournaments that were held in Japan and China during 9 – 12 September 2017.


New Product Release

  • Extra Pack 2017
  • Link Monster GET!! Campaign
    • Code Talker


Metagame Breakdown

  • 16 SPYRAL:
    • 10 Mono SPYRAL
    • 3 Ancient Gear SPYRAL
    • 3 Greener SPYRAL
  • 11 True King Yang Zing Dinosaur
  • 5 Magician:
    • 4 Mono Magician
    • 1 Performapal Magician
  • 5 Trickstar
  • 2 ABC
  • 2 HERO
  • 2 Invoked
  • 1 Artifact True Draco
  • 1 Zefra



SPYRAL debuted earlier this week with the release of Extra Pack 2017, and it has instantaneously taken the competitive scene by storm.

SPYRAL relies heavily on opening with SPYRAL Double Helix to lead into their combos, so a good portion of the deck is dedicated to improving the consistency of Link Summoning SPYRAL Double Helix. The standard combos are SPYRAL GEAR – Drone + SPYRAL Super Agent, and SPYRAL Quik-Fix + Machine Duplication, but there are also a few other methods to Special Summon 2 SPYRAL monsters for Link Summoning SPYRAL Double Helix.

The That Grass Looks Greener and Foolish Burial Goods method focus on using SPYRAL MISSION – Assault or SPYRAL MISSION – Rescue to Special Summon a second SPYRAL monster in addition to the Normal Summon.

The Ancient Gear method involves giving your opponent Geartown through Set Rotation, while giving yourself SPYRAL Resort which could be usd to add SPYRAL Super Agent from deck to hand. Using the effect of SPYRAL Super Agent to destroy Geartown and send to the graveyard, Geartown‘s effect will then Special Summon Ancient Gear Wyvern, which in turn adds Ancient Gear Box from deck to hand. Ancient Gear Box‘s trigger effect will then add SPYRAL Quik-Fix from deck to hand.

The Destrudo method uses Dragon Ravine to send Destrudo, the Dead Drake of Dread in order to Synchro Summon Ancient Fairy Dragon. Ancient Fairy Dragon is then activated to add SPYRAL Resort from deck to hand, and then to Special Summon a Level 4 or lower SPYRAL monster. That would allow you to go into Code Talker and then SPYRAL Double Helix.

Since SPYRAL Double Helix is vital in all the combos, Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries is currently one of the more successful tech cards used against SPYRAL.



True King Yang Zing Dinosaur still has the strongest opening play, but its inconsistency becomes apparent when compared with SPYRAL.

SPYRAL GEAR – Drone could re-order the top 3 cards of the Dinosaur player’s deck, causing the Dinosaur deck to brick more often than they would like.



Extra Pack 2017 has caused a shift in the metagame.

SPYRAL has overtaken Dinosaur as the deck to beat. Despite being newly released and the various builds are still largely unrefined, SPYRAL was still able to have a top placing in every tournament played over the weekend.

Dinosaur has fallen behind SPYRAL, but the most appalling change is that True Draco has disappeared from the top.


  • 2017-09-09 | 17th Mitsui CS with Hatti CS (1st: A, B, C | 2nd: A, B, C)
  • 2017-09-09 | 3rd Zakuo Cup

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14 Responses

  1. ranserssf4 says:

    question, why do most spyral decks play tough in the side? I never found it that good, unless it’s needed for Double helix

    • Akira says:

      They played SPYRAL Tough as a searchable answer to Vanity’s Emptiness or Vanity’s Fiend. Play SPYRAL GEAR – Drone first to establish the top card of the opponent’s deck, and then follow with Double Summon to play SPYRAL Tough.

      Both SPYRAL GEAR – Drone and SPYRAL Tough are WIND attribute, so this works against Gozen Match as well.

    • ranserssf4 says:

      okay, good to know!

    • shhhhhhhhhhhhhh says:

      i was watching some ocg duels and spyrals was getting killed by skill drain/unending nightmare a lot. you’re def gonna wanna main/side twin twister/cyclone too. the tough is a great out for v friend no doubt (which should finally see more play again in a dino/spyral meta). /

  2. HungryApe says:


    Do you have a Trickstar decklist for this week please ? And also how do you feel about Trickstar in the current metagame with now Spyral on the top and True Draco gone, are they still good, how should you play them now ?


  3. shhhhhhhhhhhhhh says:

    i love these write-ups you do. u always give such great insights about their meta.

  4. Ayyz says:

    Do you think you’ll do a combo guide on Spyrals?

    • Akira says:

      I’m planning to do a combo article for SPYRAL, but it would probably be in a week or two later after the announcement of the OCG 2017.10 Limit Regulation.

  5. Patriarchingmen says:

    The percentages seem really off. What source are you using for the Decklists

    • Akira says:

      The tournaments included in each weekly tabulation are listed under References. These tabulations are often more than what is shown on ocg.xpg.jp because I have personally sourced out additional tournament results from the tournament organisers’ and players’ twitter accounts. These results are often missed out by ocg.xpg.jp.

      For this report, the following two tournaments were excluded because they disallowed the usage of cards from Extra Pack 2017 despite being held on its release weekend.
      • 2017-09-10 | Hatti CS × Heavy Storm Cup in Kagawa (Team Battle)
      • 2017-09-09 | Hatti CS × Heavy Storm Cup in Kagawa (Individual Battle)

      You might get a different percentage if you include them as they have an overwhelming numbers of True King Yang Zing Dinosaur without any SPYRAL.

  6. Kaitul says:

    You Miss the Puns from SPYRAL xD

  7. 1 wahrer Eisenmann says:

    What is the reason for true dracos dissaperance? Also, do you have a trickstar decklist?

  8. Ryan Orwig says:

    Would you mind posting the Magician decklists?

  9. zafiro says:

    where is the new report…

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