OCG 2017.10 Metagame Report #1

Welcome to Week #1 of the OCG 2017.10 SPYRAL format.

This report will tabulate 29 top-performing decks from 5 tournaments that were held in Japan and China during 30 September – 5 October 2017.


New Product Release

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga, Volume 4
    • White Aura Biphamet
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V The Strongest Duelist Yuya!! Manga, Volume 2
    • Odd-Eyes Revolution Dragon


Metagame Breakdown

  • 25 SPYRAL
  • 2 Infernoid:
    • 1 Mono Infernoid
    • 1 Subterror Infernoid
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Performapal Magician



It is only the first week of the OCG 2017.10 format, but the preliminary results from the previous weekends have shown that SPYRAL has an absolute dominance in the current competitive scene. As such, the focus now is largely on playing the SPYRAL mirror match.

Erekiteru (エレキテル‏) shared in his tweet his side decking choices for the mirror match.

When going first, he would cut the situational “Hand Traps” for direct disruption Trap Cards. Only Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is kept because it could be used to negate the opponent’s Maxx “C”.

When going second, the opponent will likely open with their own Set Rotation first and that would prevent him from playing his own Set Rotation on his turn. Since Set Rotation is likely going to be a dead draw, he cut it out for Twin Twisters to break out of the opponent’s Set Rotation lock, as well as to clear the Trap Cards that the opponent has sided in. Additional “Hand Trap” in the form of PSY-Framegear Gamma were also brought in to give him an increased chance of disrupting his opponent’s opening play.

Going First
2 Maxx “C”
3 Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries
1 Artifact Scythe
3 Artifact Sanctum
1 Solemn Strike
Going Second
1 D.D. Crow
3 Set Rotation
1 Gateway to Chaos
3 PSY-Framegear Gamma
1 PSY-Frame Driver
2 Twin Twisters

Mok Hou Teng “Andy”, YOT Hong Kong 2017 Asia Premier champion, finished in 1st placing with his SPYRAL deck in “Duel City 2017 Zhuhai”. In his post-tournament interview, he briefly shared his side decking strategy for the mirror match.

He employed a similar strategy when going first – cut “Hand Traps” for Trap Cards. Siding in Torrential Tribute might seem counter-intuitive when going first, but in the situation when his opening play is disrupted by Maxx “C”, he can simply stop his combo and set Torrential Tribute. That would buy him a turn and thus giving him the opportunity to go off on his next turn instead.

Going second, he also cuts Set Rotation and the Destrudo engine, for additional “Hand Trap” and immediate answers.

Going First
2 Maxx “C”
3 Droll & Lock Bird
2 Torrential Tribute
2 Solemn Strike
1 Vanity’s Emptiness
Going Second
1 Destrudo the Lost Dragon’s Frisson
3 Set Rotation
1 Dragon Ravine
1 Gateway to Chaos
1 Foolish Burial
3 Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries
2 Dark Hole
2 Twin Twisters



There are lesser tournaments held this week, and in turn lesser available deck lists. But the trend is obvious – SPYRAL is the best deck in the current competitive scene.



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7 Responses

  1. Ryan Orwig says:

    Hey there, do you have the Subterror Infernoid list?

  2. Sean Jones says:

    Really liked the insight to the side deck. Hope to see more of it

  3. Rick says:

    Hero decklist please

  4. Morn Star says:

    Thanks for the report!~
    Maybe next time, the SPYRAL decks can be devided into groups by whether adding “Destrudo the Lost Dragon’s Frisson” or not.

    • Akira says:

      I believe that Destrudo is a core package of the current SPYRAL build.

      Here is the statistics for SPYRAL decks that are running Destrudo:
      Week #0 – 30/37
      Week #1 – 23/25
      (In-depth breakdown of Week #0 SPYRAL decks are compiled here: http://roadoftheking.com/data-analysis-spyral)

      There’s little reason not to run Destrudo, especially since Ancient Fairy Dragon itself is an answer to the Set Rotation lock.

      With that said, I will not be dividing up the SPYRAL builds into Destrudo or non-Destrudo. I personally feel it is akin to dividing OCG 2016.10 Zoodiac builds into Speedroid or non-Speedroid. But that is just me, you are free to run through each individual deck lists listed under “References” and do the math yourself. Cheers.

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