OCG 2019.01 Metagame Report #1

Welcome to Week #1 of the OCG 2019.01 format.

This report will tabulate 68 top-performing decks from 13 tournaments that were held in Japan, China and Hong Kong during 1 – 8 January 2019.

Update: Added tournament result of “Asia Championship Winter 2019 Hong Kong Qualifier”.


Metagame Breakdown

  • 15 Salamangreat
  • 11 Sky Striker
  • 9 Thunder Dragon
  • 7 Magician
  • 5 Infernoid:
    • 2 Grass Infernoid
    • 2 Grass Lair Infernoid
    • 1 Subterror Infernoid
  • 5 Subterror
  • 3 Trickstar
  • 3 Zefra:
    • 2 mono Zefra
    • 1 Dinosaur Zefra
  • 2 Altergeist
  • 1 Cyber Dragon
  • 2 Dinosaur Thunder Dragon
  • 2 Dinosaur Yang Zing
  • 1 Synchro DARK
  • 1 Train
  • 1 Zombie



KBT went 6-1-2 and finished 2nd in “Hatti CS × Dragon Star Cup in Dragon Star Kishiwada Haruki Shop” (3v3 Team) which had 38 teams (114 participants).

He ran two copies of Swords of Concealing Light in his Side Deck.

Against the Salamangreat mirror match, Swords of Concealing Light is mainly used to turn Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir face-down, thus shutting off its effect that negates the activated effects of monsters.

Swords of Concealing Light is also great for turning Thunder Dragon Colossus face-down, shutting off its effect that prevents adding cards from deck to hand, and also disallowing its substitution effect to be used when being destroyed.

However Swords of Concealing Light is more effective against Dinosaur Thunder Dragon. Mono Thunder Dragon would be able to chain Thunder Dragon Titan‘s effect against Swords of Concealing Light‘s activation to destroy it before resolution. This would result in Swords of Concealing Light resolving with no effect.


Sky Striker

Running 3 Pot of Avarice has been a very successful build in bringing Sky Striker back to the top of the competitive scene.

Combined with the card advantage from Pot of Desires and Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage!, Sky Striker is able to keep up against Salamangreat and even out resource them.

Puralis (ピュラリス) went 7-0 and finished 1st in “Woluney Cup” which had 54 participants.


Thunder Dragon

Aka Daruma (あかだるま) went 7-0 and finished 1st in “78th Oretachi Card Division CS” which had 43 participants.

He ran a copy of Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max in his Extra Deck as an additional finisher.

This is quite relevant against Sky Striker as they could negate an attack using Sky Striker Ace – Kaina, but the 2000 damage from Gustav Max in Main Phase 2 would be the finishing blow.



Despite getting further hit by the Limit Regulation, Magician is still able to compete in the OCG 2019.01 format.

Magician is running the similar build as its previous OCG 2018.10 variant, by substituting in Odd-Eyes Revolution Dragon and Black Fang Magician to fill in the slots emptied by the newly limited Chronograph Sorcerer.

Fumi (ふみ) went 6-2 and finished 2nd in “78th Oretachi Card Division CS” which had 43 participants.



Salamangreat continues to be the most popular top performing deck, but Sky Striker is fast catching up.

Interestingly Dinosaur Thunder Dragon took a dive, and instead mono Thunder Dragon rose up to its place.

With more Thunder Dragon around, players running Super Polymerization might need to look into using Predaplant Dragostapelia, as Starving Venom Fusion Dragon could be played around by having only 1 Thunder Dragon Colossus on the field at a time.

Non Salamangreat deck are also choosing to run Diplexer Chimera over Salamangreat Violet Chimera due to its more lenient summoning condition.

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  • 2019-01-03 | 2nd Yu-Gi-Oh! Soga Hobby Station Cup (1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th)
  • 2019-01-02 | 2nd Iruka CS @ Hatsumode Cup (1st: A, B | 2nd: A, B | 3rd: A, B)

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1 Response

  1. Chaos says:

    Pendulums and Sky Striker adapting once again and showing who the real decks are ! It is interesting how besides Sky Strikers barely any deck is running Borrelsword

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