OCG 2019.10 Metagame Report #1

Welcome to Week #1 of the OCG 2019.10 format.

This report will tabulate 88 top-performing decks from 10 tournaments that were held in Japan, Singapore and China during 1 – 8 October 2019.


New Product Release

  • Saikyō Jump November 2019 promotional card
    • Linguriboh


Metagame Breakdown

  • 20 Orcust
    • 10 Danger Orcust
    • 6 mono Orcust
    • 3 Trickstar Orcust
    • 1 Danger HERO Orcust
  • 9 SPYRAL
    • 4 Grass HERO SPYRAL
    • 2 Grass Danger SPYRAL
    • 2 mono SPYRAL
    • 1 Grass Danger HERO SPYRAL
  • 8 Salamangreat
  • 8 Thunder Dragon
  • 6 Sky Striker
  • 5 Altergeist
  • 5 Dragon Link
  • 4 Zefra
  • 3 HERO
  • 3 Invoked
  • 3 Mythical Beast Endymion
  • 2 Lunalight
    • 1 Grass Danger Lunalight
    • 1 mono Lunalight
  • 2 Magician
  • 2 Subterror
  • 2 Trickstar
    • 1 Danger Trickstar
    • 1 mono Trickstar
  • 2 World Chalice
  • 1 Danger Dark World
  • 1 Evil Eye
  • 1 Madolche
  • 1 True Draco



Andy Mok went 7-3 (excluding 2 byes) and finished 5 – 8th in “YOT Singapore 2019” which had 361 participants.

As more decks are now running Trap cards, we are seeing more Twin Twisters being played in the Main Deck. Orcust and Salamangreat are some decks that can consistently open with a Counter Trap on the field.

Even against Combo decks, Twin Twisters is still not quite a dead card. Against SPYRAL, Twin Twisters can be used to stop SPYRAL Resort. Danger Dark World would first set their Spell cards like The Beginning of the End so they would not be discarded by the Danger effects, and that is an opportunity for Twin Twisters to destroy them.

Being able activate during the opponent’s turn and disrupt certain combos is a strong argument for running the 3rd copy of Twin Twisters in the Main Deck, and choosing to keep Harpie’s Feather Duster in the Side Deck instead.



Fat Sheep (肥羊) went 7-2-1 (excluding 2 byes) and finished 2nd in “Duel City 2019 Guangzhou” which had 171 participants.

This variant of SPYRAL is a very explosive combo deck whose main objective is to discard 4 cards from the opponent’s hand using Topologic Gumblar Dragon.

The typical end board will be completed with a Tri-Gate Wizard and either Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess or SPYRAL Sleeper equipped with SPYRAL GEAR – Last Resort, sufficient to negate or destroy the last 2 remaining cards in opponent’s hand.

A Hero Lives and Empowerment allows the deck to open with Outer Entity Azathot on the fourth summon to deny Nibiru, the Primal Being.



Hiyama Shunsuke, the 2015 and 2016 World Champion, went 11-4 and finished 1st in “Hatti Grand Championship 2019 -Final-” which had 265 participants.

The “Hatti Grand Championship 2019” is a two-day tournament. Players that made Day 2 are allowed to make changes and resubmit their deck lists before the start of Day 2.

For his Day 2 build, Hiyama added in 1 Nibiru, the Primal Being and 1 D.D. Crow to the Main Deck by cutting out 2 Solemn Warning. This allows him to negate Nibiru, the Primal Being with Crossout Designator.

3 Mind Control in the Main Deck allows him with answers to troublesome threats such as Thunder Dragon Colossus and Altergeist Silquitous. In the event that his monster was taken away by Crackdown, Mind Control would allow him to take it back and continue with his combo.


Thunder Dragon

cain went 11-4 and finished 3rd in “Hatti Grand Championship 2019 -Final-” which had 265 participants.

He ran 3 Paleozoic Dinomischus in the Main Deck, a very versatile Trap Card suitable for a diverse metagame. It could answer monster threats from Orcust and Thunder Dragon while at the same time answer backrow threats from Altergeist and True Draco.

For his Day 2 build, he added in 2 Nibiru, the Primal Being to the Main Deck, and cut out 2 Scapegoat, in preparation for a more combo heavy metagame.



We are seeing a shift towards more combo decks as the popularity of Orcust continues to climb.

In reaction, more players are running Nibiru, the Primal Being directly in the Main Deck.

However, this might not be enough as SPYRAL and Danger Dark World are able to bring out Outer Entity Azathot.

The threat of Thunder Dragon Colossus and Outer Entity Azathot results in a shift towards Infinite Impermanence.

With Nibiru, the Primal Being and Infinite Impermanence trending, we might see more Crossout Designator being played over Called by the Grave, like in Hiyama’s Salamangreat build.

Mind Control is also quickly gaining traction as we can often see 3 copies being played in the Side Deck, with some even running them directly in the Main Deck.

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12 Responses

  1. Neoscar says:

    It seems that Fat Sheep didn’t run a SPYRAL GEAR – Last Resort in his SYP build……

  2. Jiaqing Lee says:

    How come your distribution is so different than Kankyou’s?

    • Akira says:

      Kagakusuru Yu-Gi-Oh (科学する遊戯王) covers only tournaments held in Japan, while Road of the King covers all OCG regions (excluding Korea because they have a different card pool).

      For this week in particular, not having YOT and the 3 Duel City tournaments in their tabulation resulted in a significantly different distribution. And if my reverse engineering calculations are correct, their sample for this week consists of “Hatti Grand Championship 2019 -Final-“, “第二回すじCS”, “第一回ほいみん杯” and “第117回オレたちトレカ部CS”.

    • Jiaqing Lee says:

      I’m looking at the YOT tops, and there were two danger orcust in TOP 8. I assume that means that the Duel City were very heavily danger/orcust oriented?

    • Akira says:

      The tournaments used in Road of the King’s tabulation are all listed under “References”. You can check them out for yourself.

  3. Chaos says:

    Infinite Imperm doesn’t negate Azathots monster negation….
    It’s on summon effect and once it is out, it is out. At least that’s how it worked in the tcg

    • Akira says:

      Yes, that is what I meant. Having Azathot around meant that monster effects like “Effect Veiler” are much less desirable and results in players running more “Infinite Impermanence” instead because it could still be activated while under Azathot’s effect.

      I wrote nothing about negating Azathot directly. But perhaps in trying to keep the sentence concise, it leaves some vagueness and opens up to misunderstanding in comprehension.

  4. Rick Ureña says:

    Thank you

  5. El Luis says:

    Akira, would you mind posting the dragon link deck please?

  6. Fred says:

    Please help me find the evil eye deck

  7. Xavier says:

    What are the 2 monster on the extra deck of orcust decklist at de left and right of 1:P Maskarena

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