OCG 2019.07 Metagame Report #1

Welcome to Week #1 of the OCG 2019.07 format.

This report will tabulate 34 top-performing decks from 6 tournaments that were held in Japan and China during 2 – 7 July 2019.


New Product Release

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga, Volume 7
    • Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero G.O.D. Reiji


Metagame Breakdown

  • 7 Sky Striker
  • 5 Salamangreat
  • 3 Dragon Link
  • 3 Thunder Dragon
  • 3 Zefra
  • 2 Altergeist
  • 2 Murakumo Da Eiza
  • 2 Mythical Beast Endymion
  • 2 Trickstar
  • 1 Grass Lightsworn
  • 1 Invoked
  • 1 Invoked True Draco
  • 1 Magician
  • 1 Subterror


Sky Striker

Mizuki (ミズキ) went 7-0 and finished 1st in “6th Shizuoka YCS” which had 48 participants.

He ran a more traditional Sky Striker build that relies on efficient resource trading to control the game, instead of locking down the opponent with Mystic Mine or There Can Be Only One.

The 3 Solemn Judgment is pivotal in this build as it not only protects the backrow, but to also disrupt the opponent’s strategy by negating critical cards.

As more players are running Sky Striker, White Howling is ran in the Side Deck for the mirror match.



Kai (戒) went 7-1 and finished 1st in “4th DCS” which had 48 participants.

With Salamangreat Gazelle and Lady Debug both limited in the OCG 2019.07 Limit Regulation, he has chosen to run Flame Bufferlo in the Main Deck.

Flame Bufferlo‘s Trigger Effect can be activated by Normal Summoning it and then using it to Link Summon Salamangreat Balelynx. Salamangreat Spinny or Salamangreat Foxy would then be discarded to draw 2 cards. Spinny or Foxy could then be Special Summoned from the graveyard later to go into Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf.

Flame Bufferlo helps to dig for Salamangreat Gazelle or Salamangreat Circle for setting up the resource loop, but to also dig for more Trap cards such as Solemn Judgment to reinforce his opening board.

His build is particularly tuned against Sky Striker, running 3 Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay and 1 Imperial Order in the Main Deck.



In a surprising turn, the backrow control decks, Sky Striker and Salamangreat, took the lead this week.

Having Solemn Judgment to protect their opening board allows them to snowball in card advantage through Sky Striker Mecha Modules – Multirole and Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf respectively.

Chaos Impact will be released in the upcoming weekend and we will see if it could shake up the competitive scene.

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  • 2019-07-07 | 1st Reiwa Yugi CS W with Hatti CS (1st: A, B | 2nd: A, B | 3rd: A, B | 4th: A, B)
  • 2019-07-07 | Atsu CS with Hatti CS (1st: A, B, C | 2nd: A, B, C)
  • 2019-07-07 | 4th DCS (1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th)

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15 Responses

  1. Michael Aninang says:

    Why are Sky Strikers still running Lancea in the side?

  2. sashalafleur says:

    why salamangreat players aren’t using cynet mining now?

    • Edwin Rodriguez says:

      Imperial Order, I guess, but i think would be better to run it, to search buifferlo al keep digging into other stuffs.

    • xanelcava says:

      Its a -1, its only good in tcg because we have no maxx c so it’s essentially a combo card/extender

  3. pylgwan7514 says:

    why thunder dragon still meta

  4. El Luis says:

    Would you mind posting the dragon link decklist?

    • sashalafleur says:

      there’s one in report 0

    • El Luis says:

      Sashalafleur I already did it. But sometimes they make some changes between reports. And those minor chances can be significant.

  5. Chaos says:

    Killing Orcust but keeping Salads and Orcust which are older tier 1. Terrible list Konami, Yugioh isn’t just control decks or absurd ones

    • Maxwell says:

      ah yes, you should casually ignore dragon link, which will only get better in the future

    • Chaos says:

      I don’t like Dragon link and tbh it’s not a fair deck! Orcust offer interactivity, if Mermaid gets negated you pass, if you get Lancead or Dwellered you pass. Also Orcust has only 1 hard negation

  6. Rick Urena says:

    Thank you!!!

  7. Trương Quang says:

    Where is SPYRAL? Now we can play 2 quik fix!!

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