OCG 2018.04 Metagame Report #6

Welcome to Week #6 of the OCG 2018.04 format.

Golden Week in Japan and YOT Thailand 2018 in Asia.

This report will tabulate 152 top-performing decks from 21 tournaments that were held in Japan and Thailand during 3 – 6 May 2018.


Metagame Breakdown

  • 47 Sky Striker
  • 36 Magician:
    • 35 Performapal Magician
    • 1 Performapal Supreme King Magician
  • 29 ABC:
    • 16 Sky Striker ABC
    • 13 Greener HERO ABC FTK
  • 12 Altergeist
  • 8 Zefra:
    • 7 Metalfoes Zefra
    • 1 Mono Zefra
  • 6 Trickstar:
    • 4 Sky Striker Trickstar
    • 1 Invoked Trickstar
    • 1 Mono Trickstar
  • 3 Gouki:
    • 2 Sky Striker Gouki
    • 1 Sky Striker Malicious Gouki
  • 3 Infernoid:
    • 2 Sky Striker Infernoid
    • 1 Greener Lair Infernoid
  • 2 Mekk-Knight:
    • 1 Kaiju Mekk-Knight
    • 1 Sky Striker Mekk-Knight
  • 1 Invoked Shaddoll
  • 1 Magical Musket
  • 1 Meta Beat
  • 1 Palladium
  • 1 SPYRAL
  • 1 Zombie


Sky Striker

The largest tournament of the weekend was YOT Thailand 2018 and it saw 353 participants in the main event.

Cheung Wing Ho from Hong Kong came out victorious in the tournament with his Sky Striker deck, finishing with an impressive 13-1 (with no byes).

He is running a relatively old school build, using Upstart Goblin and Foolish Burial Goods for Metalfoes Fusion to fill up the graveyard with Spells while drawing into the key components.

He is also using Jet Synchron for the OTK combo using Crystron Halqifibrax and Summon Sorceress to bring out Hi-Speedroid Chanbara.

Shiota (しおた) went 8-0 to finished 1st in “72nd Aichi CS in 193 Osu Shop with Hatti CS” on Friday, and then went 6-0-1 to finished 1st in “74th Aichi CS with Hatti CS” (3v3 Team) on Sunday.

He is running the latest trending build of using Sky Striker Airspace – Area Zero with Mystical Space Typhoon and Twin Twisters. This build has a higher consistency of getting Sky Striker Ace – Raye to start generating card advantage earlier.

The other new trend is that players are now going for Glow-Up Bulb instead. This is also an OTK, but uses Crystron Halqifibrax to go into Borrelsword Dragon. The condition for setting up the OTK is much more stricter as it requires the opponent to have a monster with ATK 1500 or higher so that Sky Striker Ace – Hayate could suicide into it to send and then trigger Sky Striker Ace – Raye. However, the cost for reviving Glow-Up Bulb is much cheaper and frees up a space in the Extra Deck as Summon Sorceress is no longer required.


Pendulum Magician

Kaito (かいと) went 7-0-1 to finished 1 – 2nd in “Toycomp CS with Hatti CS” (3v3 Team) which has 58 teams (174 participants).

In the Extra Deck, he ran Wee Witch’s Apprentice instead of LANpholinkus.

The purpose of LANpholinkus was to provide two Link Arrows for Pendulum Summoning from the Extra Deck in the scenario that the opponent had banished Heavymetalfoes Electrumite using Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries.

Wee Witch’s Apprentice fulfills the same purpose, but also provides an ATK boosts to DARK monsters, which covers a majority of the Magician and Sorcerer monsters.

But more importantly, Wee Witch’s Apprentice is a Spellcaster monster. By using 2 DARK Spellcaster Pendulum Monsters to Link Summon Wee Witch’s Apprentice, the two Spellcaster Pendulum Monsters can then be Pendulum Summon back onto the field at the Link Arrows. Wee Witch’s Apprentice and one of the Spellcaster Pendulum Monsters will be used to Link Summon Summon Sorceress, whose effect can target the remaining Spellcaster Pendulum Monster on the field, and Special Summon a Spellcaster monster from the deck.

Wee Witch’s Apprentice opens up the option of going into Summon Sorceress, and thus developing into a stronger board.



While Sky Striker ABC still remains popular, the new variant Greener HERO ABC FTK had a good run this week.

Hina (ヒナ) went 5-2 to finished 1st in “7th Gama CS” (3v3 Team) which had 32 teams (96 participants) on Saturday, and finished 3rd in “12th JGP Miyagi with Hatti CS” on Sunday.

Greener HERO ABC FTK main winning condition is using Cannon Soldier to tribute A-Assault Core while Firewall Dragon is on the field. A-Assault Core would then retrieve the other copy of A-Assault Core, which would then be Special Summoned by Firewall Dragon‘s effect. This loop could be continued until the opponent’s Life Points is depleted by Cannon Soldier.

The deck also has a easier time going second with the Armageddon Knight sending Destrudo the Lost Dragon’s Frisson to Synchro Summon Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing which would then bring out Mare Mare.

By not running Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones or Shaddoll Fusion, Retaliating “C” cannot be easily Special Summoned against this deck, especially after siding out A Hero Lives.



The conclusion of Golden Week and YOT Thailand 2018 saw Sky Striker and Magician remains as the top 2 decks to beat in the current OCG competitive scene.

This marks the start of the World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) season in Japan and Asia.

Japan is now holding their Block Representative Tournaments where only players who had won a Shop Representative Tournament back during February to April were invited. By winning their respective Block Representative Tournament, they will then be able to join the Japan Representative Tournaments (WCQ). Winners of Japan Representative Tournaments will then represent Japan in the World Championship 2018.

Asia will also be running their Asia Championship 2018 Qualifiers, the last chance for players in Asia to earn their invitation to the Asia Championship 2018. Winners of the Asia Championship 2018 will then represent Asia in the World Championship 2018.

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19 Responses

  1. Invoked Shaddoll decklist please

  2. GNKO says:

    greener hero abc ftk :O the creativity is real

  3. Jahja says:

    Why are altergeists underperforming 🙁

    • Akira says:

      Altergeist is mainly better against decks that are reliant on Monsters and Monster Effects, because they can respond with Altergeist Silquitous and Altergeist Protocol.

      The current competitive scene is mainly Sentouki whose power play comes from their Spell cards. The recent Sentouki build is also running multiple Mystical Space Typhoon and Twin Twisters, giving Altergeist a very hard time.

  4. MornStar says:

    Thanks for your report!. But it seems something wrong about the percentage of Altergeists in the line chart. It is 7.9% in the pie chart while 12.0% in the line chart.

  5. sashalafleur says:

    Could you explain the Strikeblade combo without Sorceress?

    • Sky Striker Ace - Raye says:

      oh yea, i can explain.combo starts out the same until Needlefiber and the Token is on the field. Needlefiber summons out Glow-up Bulb. link Glow up bulb into Linkuriboh. use Glow-up Bulb affect in the grave to spec. summon it. Link Summon Borrelsword dragon using Glow Up, Needlefiber and Linkuriboh. Spec. Summon Hayate using the Token. Hayate attacks a monster with 1500atk or higher inorder for it to suicide and send Brandish Maiden Rei to grave. use Rei effect to special summon it’self in attack position. Attack with Borrelsword Dragon (using it’s effect to gain half of its attack) destroying there monster and resulting in 3000 damage. attack with Rei for an additional 1500 damage. Then use Borrelsword’s effect. Change Rei into defense postion and doingso, Borrelsword will get an additional attack with a boost of attack

      3750+1500+3750=9000 (if Hayate attacks a 1500atk monster)

    • Sky Striker Ace - Raye says:

      oh yea the monster Hayate is attacking must be 1500 atk or more

    • Sky Striker Ace - Raye says:

      and will only work if opponent controls only 1 monster

    • Kagari Iris says:

      Hmm. I think you can deal more dam with this combo: activate honet bit summon 1 token. Using token to summon kagari, kagari add honet bit, then using kagari to summon hayate. Activate honet bit and summon 1 more token, using that token to summon linkuriboh. Normal summon a tuner we have, link summon needlefiber by using linkuriboh and tuner, needle summon glow ub bulb to the field. Using the eff of linkuriboh from grave, tribute glow and summon itself. Then using eff of glow to summon itself. Finally, summon borrelsword using needle+linkuriboh+glow. With this combo, when hayate is sent to grave, rei revive; borrelsword attack, then rei attack, and borrel change rei to def and attack again, finally, using quick effect of rei to summon shizuku to get 1 more attack. If your opponent control only 1 monster with 1500 atk, they will receive 3000+1500+3000+1500=9000 dam XD

    • sashalafleur says:

      Kagari. There’s a mistake in your combo. Raye quick effect can only special summon the link monster in Extra Monster Zone, but it’s occupied by Borrelsword, so you can’t use Raye quick effect.

    • Kagari says:

      No no. Maybe you didn’t understand my combo. When ending combo, the field has Sentouki Hayate in EXTRA MONSTER ZONE and borrelaword in main monster zone. In case, when Hayate leaves the field, there are still no monster in extra monster zone, so i can use rei ‘s eff normally

    • Kagari says:

      Look at my combo. It use linkuriboh and tuner to summon needlefiber. So exactly borrelsword will be summoned in the link maker of Hayate

    • Sky Striker Ace - Raye says:

      yea, Kagari’s play too works. it will still deal a similar amount of damage while receiving 1 link arrow in the main monster zone, while my play, i recieve 2 link arrows in the main monster zone. but either play works. I just don’t want to summon Shizuku cuz if it’s going to be an otk, no need for the search in the EP lol

    • Sky Striker Ace - Raye says:

      whoops nvm kagari, i dont think it works lol, tried it out myself. ur way doesn’t work cuz Needlefiber, and glow up cant make borrelsword

    • Kagari says:

      Why? Needle + linkuriboh + glow ub = borrelsword. And with this combo, even if you can’t perform an OTK, you can send borrelsword to grave by the eff of multirole or airspace area zero so you can continue to play due no monster in main monster zone

  6. Can someone please show me the invoked shaddoll decklist 🙁

  7. Phili-d96 says:

    Can someone show me the palladium deck

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