OCG 2018.07 Metagame (1 Jul – 30 Sep 2018)

The OCG 2018.07 Limit Regulation took out Magician, leaving Sky Striker to reign supreme.

The debut of Thunder Dragon shook up the competitive scene initially, but they were only able to make a momentary impact. This followed by the rise of Altergeist and then Knightmare Link, with Gouki and Good Stuff Link leading the charge.

Compiled from a total of 490 top-placing decks from 74 competitive tournaments held in Japan, China and Asia, here is the final metagame breakdown of the OCG 2018.07 format.

Metagame Breakdown

  • 173 Sky Striker
  • 86 Altergeist
  • 52 Gouki (41 HERO Gouki, 6 Grass HERO Gouki, 5 Gouki)
  • 31 Thunder Dragon (30 Thunder Dragon, 1 Diabolos Thunder Dragon)
  • 24 ABC (18 ABC, 5 Grass HERO ABC FTK, 1 Grass HERO ABC)
  • 21 Good Stuff Link (20 Good Stuff Link, 1 Grass HERO Good Stuff Link)
  • 17 Trickstar (12 Trickstar, 3 Sky Striker Trickstar, 2 Thunder Dragon Trickstar)
  • 11 SPYRAL (9 SPYRAL, 2 Grass SPYRAL)
  • 8 DARK Warrior Link (7 DARK Warrior Link, 1 Grass DARK Warrior Link)
  • 8 Magician (6 Performapal Supreme King Magician, 2 Performapal Magician)
  • 7 Infernoid (3 Grass Infernoid, 3 Grass Lair Infernoid, 1 Lair Infernoid)
  • 6 Cyber Dragon
  • 6 Junk Doppel
  • 6 Wind-Up FTK
  • 5 Blackwing
  • 4 Grass HERO Infernity FTK
  • 4 Zefra
  • 3 Atlantean Mermail
  • 2 Mekk-Knight
  • 1 ABC Meta Beat
  • 1 Burning Abyss Chaos Thunder Dragon
  • 1 Grass Chaos Dragon
  • 1 D/D
  • 1 Demise True Draco
  • 1 Gem-Knight
  • 1 Grass HERO Plant
  • 1 Grass HERO Plant FTK
  • 1 Lightsworn
  • 1 Grass Burning Abyss Chaos Thunder Dragon
  • 1 Grass Shaddoll Sky Striker Dinosaur
  • 1 Herald
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Meta Beat
  • 1 Plant FTK
  • 1 Yang Zing Dinosaur

Sky Striker

Sky Striker took a commanding lead at the start of the format, until the debut of Thunder Dragon in Soul Fusion.

Thunder Dragon left a small dent in Sky Striker’s dominance, by using Thunder Dragon Colossus to heavily disrupt Sky Striker’s primary strategy of amassing card advantage through Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage! and Sky Striker Ace – Shizuku. However Sky Striker was able to adapt by switching Effect Veiler to Infinite Impermanence for negating Thunder Dragon Colossus, and running Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion in the Main Deck.

Although Sky Striker managed to maintain the lead till the end, the gap between them and Altergeist have narrowed considerably in the middle of the format.

OCG 2018.07 → OCG 2018.10 Limit Regulation changes:

  • Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage! – 3 → 2
  • Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor – 3 → 2

Sky Striker’s consistency takes a minor hit, but they remain as the top contender going into the OCG 2018.10 format.


The debut of Thunder Dragon saw the rise of Altergeist. The overwhelming effect of Thunder Dragon Colossus kept many rogue decks in check, streamlining the competitive scene into Sky Striker and Thunder Dragon.

This enabled Altergeist to take a very drastic approach of deck building by running Secret Village of the Spellcasters in the Main Deck to shutdown Sky Striker. Altergeist naturally has a good matchup against Thunder Dragon as both Altergeist Meluseek and Altergeist Silquitous are easy answer to Thunder Dragon Colossus and Thunder Dragon Titan.

Altergeist continued in a close second place behind Sky Striker for the rest of the format.

OCG 2018.07 → OCG 2018.10 Limit Regulation changes:

  • Altergeist Multifaker – 3 → 2

Altergeist took a single hit to its consistency, but due to the diverse metagame in the early OCG 2018.10 format, they will have to adopt a more all-round approach in deck building and leave Secret Village of the Spellcasters in the Side Deck.


The decline of Thunder Dragon saw the rise of Knightmare Link decks, and among them, Gouki has the strongest performance.

Gouki has 2 main strategies – both involves setting up an Extra Link using various Knightmare monsters, but one ends with Borrelsword Dragon and giving the opponent Knightmare Corruptor Iblee, while the other one discards the opponent’s hand using Topologic Gumblar Dragon.

This is essentially game if the opponent is unable to disrupt the combo as they would find themselves overwhelmed by a board of Knightmare Link Monsters.

OCG 2018.07 → OCG 2018.10 Limit Regulation changes:

  • Summon Sorceress – 3 → 0
  • Knightmare Goblin – 3 → 1
  • A Hero Lives – 3 → 1
  • That Grass Looks Greener – 3 → 2

Gouki took a heavy hit in the OCG 2018.10 Limit Regulation, but they are not quite out of the competitive scene yet. Other than the traditional Armageddon Knight and Destiny HERO – Malicious build, some players are trying out a Mathematician and Dandylion build that is quite similar to Good Stuff Link.

It is likely that Gouki would continue to evolve with the release of Neo Space Connector in the upcoming Savage Strike.


When all the Knightmare Link decks (Gouki, Good Stuff Link, ABC, SPYRAL, etc) are tallied together, they amount to a total of 126 out of 490 decks. At 25.7%, this surpassed even Altergeist at 17.6%.

The Knightmare Link decks have a similar setup of using either Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights or Crystron Halqifibrax to Link Summon into Summon Sorceress and then into Firewall Dragon.

Interestingly, Summon Sorceress being the go-between took the hit, and that indirectly affected a few other decks. 52 out of 490 decks like Thunder Dragon and Cyber Dragon, uses Summon Sorceress to extend their plays, though this is not their core essential combos.

The remaining 312 decks do not run Summon Sorceress.

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  2. Einstein says:

    Do you have any idea what the sole Lightsworn deck was composed of?

  3. yugioh user says:

    The attached Gouki recipe appears to be in 2018.10 OCG format.

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