OCG 2019.04 Metagame Report #4

Welcome to Week #4 of the OCG 2019.04 format.

27 April is the start of a 10-day long holiday in Japan. 29 April is Showa Day and 30 April is the last day of the Heisei era. Multiple tournaments are held everyday throughout the Golden Week.

This report will tabulate 70 top-performing decks from 11 tournaments that were held in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan during 27 – 30 April 2019.


New Product Release

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Duelist Complete Guide promotional card
    • Progleo
  • Weekly Shonen Jump 2019, Issue 22–23 promotional card
    • Luster Liger


Metagame Breakdown

  • 18 Orcust:
    • 14 Phantom Knights Orcust
    • 2 Scrap Phantom Knights Orcust
    • 2 Tenyi Phantom Knights Orcust
  • 14 Salamangreat
  • 8 Altergeist
  • 6 Sky Striker
  • 6 Thunder Dragon
  • 4 Zefra
  • 2 Magical Musket
  • 2 Mystic Mine Burn
  • 2 Infernoid
  • 1 Burning Abyss
  • 1 Da Eiza Meta Beat
  • 1 Endymion
  • 1 Grass Shaddoll
  • 1 Invoked
  • 1 Subterror
  • 1 Tenyi “C”
  • 1 Trickstar Link



Dice went 5-1-1 and finished 1 – 2nd in “Hatti CS” (3v3 Team) which had 33 teams (99 participants).

He had a very unique and innovative Orcust build that takes advantage of the Scrap engine.

Normal Summoning Scrap Recycler and sending Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion to the graveyard will Special Summon a “Mecha Phantom Beast Token” and they can be used to Link Summon Scrap Wyvern.

Scrap Wyvern ① effect is then activated to Special Summon Scrap Recycler, and then destroying it. Scrap Recycler would miss timing, but Scrap Wyvern ② effect would Special Summon Scrap Golem. Scrap Golem would Special Summon Scrap Recycler again, and this time Recycler’s effect will send Jet Synchron to the graveyard.

From there on is Crystron Halqifibrax, Ib the World Chalice Justiciar and Knightmare Mermaid, followed by the standard combo into The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche.

Dark Contract with the Gate and D/D Lamia is another interesting engine to run. Dark Contract with the Gate is used to add D/D Lamia to hand, and then D/D Lamia can be used as a discard fodder for Knightmare Mermaid or Jet Synchron. D/D Lamia would then Special Summon itself from the graveyard by sending Dark Contract with the Gate to the graveyard and can be used to Link Summon Crystron Halqifibrax or Synchro Summon Borreload Savage Dragon.



Kobayashi (小林) went 7-0 and finished 1st in “98th Aichi CS Team Battle in NextPro Osu Shop with Hatti!” (3v3 Team) which had 23 teams (69 participants).

Alongside Backup Secretary, he ran Crusadia Reclusia, a Level 3 monster that can be Special Summoned, and used for Xyz Summoning Salamangreat Miragestallio.

However, Crusadia Reclusia‘s Special Summon has to be to a zone that a Link Monster points to. This is easily accomplished with Salamangreat Balelynx.

Crusadia Reclusia also doubles up as a removal by using its ② effect to destroy itself and an opponent’s card.

Being a FIRE attribute, Crusadia Reclusia‘s effect can be activated after using Salamangreat Miragestallio ① effect, and can also be used as Link Material to Link Summon Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf and Salamangreat Heatleo.

Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess is gaining popularity as it is great against Orcust and Thunder Dragon, being able to negate multiple monster effects in the same turn. This is especially potent in Game 1 when they run very little Spell/Trap cards that can answer Apollousa.

But after Side Decking, Mind Control on Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess would be a devastating counterblow. After taking control your Apollousa, the opponent could use it against you to negate your ‘hand traps’.



Tsuchinoko (ツチノコ) went 7-1 and finished 2nd in “2nd Woluney Cup” which had 64 participants.

He ran 3 Compulsory Evacuation Device in the Main Deck.

Offensively, Compulsory Evacuation Device can be used to bounce Altergeist Multifaker. After Altergeist Multifaker is returned to hand, it can be Special Summoned from hand and in turn Special Summon another Altergeist monster from deck. This greatly booster the swarming ability of Altergeist, allowing it to quickly setup Altergeist Hexstia and take control of the game.

Defensively, Compulsory Evacuation Device is a removal against Extra Deck monsters. When going first it can be used to disrupt the opponent, and when going second it can be used to answer the opponent’s threats.



Although the competitive scene is largely the same with Orcust and Salamangreat taking the lead, we are seeing a lot of new innovation being brought out.

In Japan, the first half of Golden Week marks the end of the Heisei era. Going into the Reiwa era, tournaments will be held daily from Wednesday all the way till Monday.

Meanwhile in China, the Duel City 2018 circuit is coming to an end with Duel City 2018 SP 5 and SP6, and will be followed by the grand final – Duel City Championship 2018.

This will be an exciting upcoming week that is packed full of tournaments, and will play an influential role in shaping the OCG 2019.04 metagame.

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8 Responses

  1. Marcel Reding says:

    Would like to see the Shaddoll Build.

  2. Rick Urena says:

    Thank you!!!! Also, Da Eiza Meta Beat? What deck is that?

  3. Tay Karh Yan says:

    I saw alot japan players played Instant Fusion instead of Skystriker Engine. Any suggestion and research on that?

  4. Isaac says:

    What do you destroy when wyvern summon golemn from deck?

    • vevX says:

      You destroy Wyvern itself

    • Akira says:

      When going first you are likely going to have to destroy your own cards. “Trickstar Light Stage” or “Dark Contract with the Gate” are some good choices to destroy. Otherwise destroying “Scrap Wyvern” is also an option; there is enough monsters to continue with the Orcust combo.

  5. Nicky Love says:

    List for Burning Abyss?

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