OCG 2019.04 Metagame Report #8
Welcome to Week #8 of the OCG 2019.04 format.
This report will cover 32 top-performing decks from 7 tournaments that were held in Japan and China during 25 – 28 May 2019.
- V Jump July 2019 promotional card
- Crossout Designator
- 5 Orcust:
- 3 Phantom Knights Orcust
- 1 DARK Warrior Phantom Knights Orcust
- 1 Scrap Phantom Knights Orcust
- 5 Salamangreat
- 4 Thunder Dragon
- 3 Zefra:
- 2 Mythical Beast Endymion Zefra
- 1 Dinosaur Zefra
- 2 Altergeist
- 2 Gandora-X FTK
- 2 Sky Striker
- 2 Subterror
- 1 Code Talker
- 1 Cyber Dragon
- 1 Grass Infernoid
- 1 HERO
- 1 Magician
- 1 Mythical Beast Endymion
- 1 Sekka Burning Abyss
Li Ke (理科) went 9-1 and finished 1st in “Duel City 2019 Ningbo” which had 81 participants.
Alongside 3 copies of Called by the Grave are 3 copies of Crossout Designator to ensure that his Orcust combo will not be disrupted.
In addition to the standard 3 Maxx “C” and 2 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, he ran 1 Effect Veiler and 1 Infinite Impermanence in the Main Deck to give Crossout Designator a larger pool of negation options.
Knight (ナイト) went 7-2 and finished 2nd in “Hatti CS × Surugaya Cup in Surugaya Takatsuki Trading Card House” which had 63 participants.
3 copies of Called by the Grave is still the preferred choice for Salamangreat, as Crossout Designator only provides marginal benefit in the mirror match in being able to negate Salamangreat Circle.
Using Called by the Grave to banish Salamangreat Jack Jaguar, Salamangreat Falco, Salamangreat Spinny and Salamangreat Foxy is a better long-term solution.
Denying the graveyard effect of Salamangreat Balelynx is also something that Crossout Designator is unable to accomplish.
Shuang Zhi Ai Shang (霜之哀伤) went 7-3 and finished 2nd in “Duel City 2019 Ningbo” which had 81 participants.
Paleozoic Dinomischus has been gaining popularity due to its versatility in being able to banish both Monster and Spell/Trap Cards.
This gives it a lot of utility in the Main Deck – from banishing Salamangreat Jack Jaguar and crippling Salamangreat’s resource regeneration ability, to banishing the troublesome Mystic Mine.
The talk of the town for this week is definitely Crossout Designator.
While it is a strong card, the hard once-per-turn clause meant that drawing multiple copies would likely result in a bricked opening hand. This makes it difficult for many decks to run the full 3 copies in the Main Deck.
Orcust could afford to run the full 3 copies as any additional copies drawn would simply become discard fodder for Knightmare Mermaid and Jet Synchron. Orcust relies on Knightmare Mermaid‘s effect resolving successfully, and having 6 copies of ‘hand trap’ negation ensures that.
But for the other decks, Crossout Designator has a narrow application in the current diverse metagame, where many different theme decks are running their own cards. With only a few common cards across the decks, Crossout Designator would be better off in the Side Deck and brought in only for the mirror match.
Called by the Grave is currently prioritised due to its broader application. Banishing from the graveyard is a significant disruption against Salamangreat and Orcust.
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- 2019-05-26 | 12th Kanazawa Nonoichi CS with Hatti CS
- 2019-05-26 | Hatti CS × Surugaya Cup in Surugaya Takatsuki Trading Card House