OCG 2018.10 Metagame (1 Oct – 31 Dec 2018)

The OCG 2018.10 Limit Regulation had hit the big 3 – Sky Striker, Altergeist and Gouki – but they remained as the top contenders for another season.

The biggest change was the diversifying of the competition. Sky Striker is no longer the best performing deck and the top-cut is shared more evenly with Gouki and Altergeist among many decks.

Compiled from a total of 489 top-placing decks from 80 competitive tournaments held in Japan, China and Asia, here is the final metagame breakdown of the OCG 2018.10 format.

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 97 Sky Striker
  • 84 Gouki:
    • 75 mono Gouki
    • 9 Grass Gouki
  • 64 Altergeist
  • 48 Magician
  • 37 Trickstar:
    • 35 mono Trickstar
    • 1 Mekk-Knight Trickstar
    • 1 Trickstar Link
  • 22 Subterror
  • 19 Thunder Dragon
  • 16 Good Stuff Link
  • 15 Zefra:
    • 14 mono Zefra
    • 1 Metalfoes Zefra
  • 10 Gandora-X FTK
  • 8 Burning Abyss:
    • 7 mono Burning Abyss
    • 1 Phantom Knights Burning Abyss
  • 7 Link Doppel
  • 6 Cyber Dragon
  • 6 Dinosaur Thunder Dragon
  • 6 Mekk-Knight
  • 5 Infernoid:
    • 2 Grass Infernoid
    • 2 Lair Infernoid
    • 1 mono Infernoid
  • 5 Meta Beat:
    • 4 mono Meta Beat
    • 1 Artifact Meta Beat
  • 4 Zombie
  • 3 Six Samurai
  • 3 Train
  • 3 Orcust
  • 2 Magical Musket
  • 2 World Chalice
  • 1 Blackwing
  • 1 D/D
  • 1 Dinosaur Mekk-Knight
  • 1 Gem-Knight
  • 1 Greener Dinosaur Invoked Shaddoll
  • 1 Herald Impcantation
  • 1 Junk Doppel
  • 1 Madolche
  • 1 Phantasm Spiral
  • 1 Prankids
  • 1 Qliphort
  • 1 Red-Eyes
  • 1 Revendread
  • 1 Salamangreat
  • 1 Sekka Kaiju Luna
  • 1 Sky Striker Invoked
  • 1 Sky Striker Luna

 

Sky Striker

Sky Striker begun with an overwhelming lead, but soon declined after the release of Savage Strike.

Sky Striker Ace – Kaina was mostly a situational card and had little impact compared to the new supports that the other decks were getting.

Sky Striker grinds out the opponent by generating card advantage through Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage! and recurring it with Sky Striker Ace – Kagari. However, Pot of Extravagance gave other decks the ability to generate their own card advantage, allowing them to keep up against Sky Striker.

OCG 2018.10 → OCG 2019.01 Limit Regulation changes:

  • Sky Striker Ace – Kagari – 3 → 1

Having Sky Striker Ace – Kagari limited to 1 greatly crippled the deck’s ability to generate card advantage over multiple turns. Sky Striker is no longer the best deck in OCG 2019.01, but surprisingly with the aid of Pot of Avarice to recycle Kagari, the deck is still able to remain competitive.

 

Gouki

The lost of Summon Sorceress was a huge detriment to Gouki as it struggles to go into Firewall Dragon.

Then Savage Strike gave Gouki Psychic Wheeleder, a Level 3 Psychic Tuner monster that could be Special Summoned from hand while you control a Level 3 monster. This was a huge boost to Gouki since it could be used to bring out Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights (via M-X-Saber Invoker), Crystron Needlefiber or even Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss.

The flexibility of Psychic Wheeleder made it difficult to disrupt Gouki, especially with Emergency Teleport that essentially function as additional copies.

Playing against Gouki boils down to whether you draw sufficient ‘Hand Traps’ in your opening 5 cards to disrupt their combo. Else they would go into an unbreakable Extra Link board of Knightmare Link monsters with Tri-Gate Wizard and have Topologic Gumblar Dragon discard your hand.

OCG 2018.10 → OCG 2019.01 Limit Regulation changes:

  • Dandylion – 1 → 0
  • Mathematician – 3 → 1
  • Glow-Up Bulb – 3 → 0
  • Blackwing – Steam the Cloak – 1 → 0
  • M-X-Saber Invoker – 3 → 0
  • Crystron Needlefiber – 3 → 1
  • Knightmare Goblin – 1 → 0
  • Firewall Dragon – 1 → 0
  • Divine Sword – Phoenix Blade – 3 → 0

With so many hits to Gouki, especially with Firewall Dragon gone, the Link spam variant of Gouki is no longer viable.

 

Altergeist

Altergeist was one of the biggest beneficiary of Pot of Extravagance.

Before Savage Strike, Altergeist relied on Pot of Desires for card advantage but it runs the risk of banishing Altergeist Multifaker and Altergeist Silquitous.

Pot of Extravagance is a much safer choice as Altergeist mostly needed Linkuriboh and Altergeist Hexstia, and they could counteract the drawback by running additional copies of these two cards.

With the additional cards from Pot of Extravagance, it was much easier for Altergeist to control the game with an assortment of Traps and ‘Hand Traps’.

OCG 2018.10 → OCG 2019.01 Limit Regulation changes:

  • Altergeist Multifaker – 2 → 1
  • Personal Spoofing – 3 → 2

Altergeist Multifaker took another hit and the semi-limitation of Personal Spoofing made it much harder to open with Multifaker. In OCG 2019.01, players are running Sangan with Salamangreat Almiraj as an additional method to fetch Multifaker.

 

Conclusion

By narrowing down to only the 1st place of each tournament, we have the above breakdown. The value in white is the total amount of 1st placing, while blue represents the amount of 1st placing in team tournaments and red represents the amount of 1st placing in individual tournaments.

Gouki and Sky Striker have almost the same amount of 1st placing. While Gouki did equally well in team tournaments and individual tournaments, Sky Striker performed much better in team tournaments.

Surprisingly, Altergeist, Magician and Trickstar have almost the same amount of 1st placing that Sky Striker has in individual tournaments.

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1 Response

  1. Chaos says:

    A great Format for the OCG!

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