OCG 2020.04 Store Metagame Report #3, #4
Welcome to Week #3, #4 of the OCG 2020.04 format.
Due to the current situation, the original criteria that the metagame reports had of only including tournaments with 30 or more participants is no longer feasible. The store metagame report takes a different approach by lowering the requirement to 16 or more participants. With a lower participant count and lesser rounds being played, we would expect to see a larger variance in top decks, in particular more random one-off rogue decks. But decks with multiple tops would still be a good gauge of the current metagame.
This report will cover 50 decks from 13 store tournaments held in China and South Korea during 18 – 26 April 2020.
Update: Added “Gwangju Win & Hunt TCG Lounge Japanese Pool Tournament”.
- Rise of the Duelist
- V Jump June 2020 promotional card
- Origin Gaia the Fierce Knight
- 11 Dragma Invoked
- 6 Orcust (5 Dragoon Orcust, 1 Grinder Orcust)
- 3 Adamancipator
- 3 Salamangreat
- 3 Sky Striker
- 2 Eldlich
- 2 Magician
- 2 Thunder Dragon
- 2 3-Axis Synchro
- 1 Altergeist
- 1 Dinosaur
- 1 Dragoon Cyber Dragon
- 1 Dragoon Invoked
- 1 Dragoon Invoked Shaddoll
- 1 Dragoon Zefra
- 1 Grass Danger Dark World Tempest Magician FTK
- 1 HERO
- 1 Infernoble Knight
- 1 Madolche
- 1 Megalith
- 1 Mekk-Knight Orcust
- 1 Mythical Beast Endymion
- 1 SPYRAL
- 1 Subterror
- 1 True King Dinosaur
Dragma is a new theme from Rise of the Duelist and it has already taken over the metagame.
Dragma Invoked can consistently setup a board of Invoked Mechaba and El Shaddoll Winda, backed with Fleur-De-Lis, the Knight of Dragma and/or Dragma Punishment. A more detailed explanation can be found in the Dragma Invoked article.
Now that Dragma Invoked is most popular deck, not only is there a high chance of playing a mirror match, non Dragma decks are also running counters such as Elder Entity N’tss in their Extra Deck. This results in Maximus Dragma becoming undesirable and we see quite some Dragma players are opting to run only 1 copy.
On Week #3, Maoxian (毛线) went 5-1-1 and finished 2nd in “Huoguoyang Cards 1101 Release Tournament” which had 26 participants. On Week #4, he went 4-2 and finished 3 – 4th in “Huoguoyang Cards April Weekly Tournament #2” which had 23 participants.
Rise of the Duelist has released quite a number of new cards with non-targeting effects, namely Fleur-De-Lis, the Knight of Dragma, Three Tactical Talents and Shaddoll Ruq. As many decks now have an answer to Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, Orcust could no longer rely on just Dragoon to carry them.
Pikaren (皮卡人) went 5-1 and finished 2nd in “Primal Seed Cards 4.18 Ranking Tournament” which had 16 participants.
He ran Elder Entity N’tss and Cyber Dragon Nova in the Extra Deck against Dragma.
When the opponent activates Maximus Dragma ① effect, he would choose to send Elder Entity N’tss and Cyber Dragon Nova from the Extra Deck to the graveyard. Elder Entity N’tss would destroy 1 of opponent’s card on the field, while Cyber Dragon Nova would Special Summon Invoked Mechaba from the Extra Deck. A very punishing tech to discourage the Dragma player from using Maximus Dragma.
Shortly after the release of Rise of the Duelist, Dragma Invoked has quickly rose to the top and is now the deck to beat. Most of the Orcust tops were from Week #3, and they have mostly disappeared in Week #4.
Three Tactical Talents was initially heavily hyped on its reveal, and after some playtesting, many players have found that it lived up to its hype.
Initially some players were running the combination of 3 Called by the Grave, 2 Crossout Designator and 2 Three Tactical Talents in the Main Deck. Since Crossout Designator and Three Tactical Talents could only be activated once per turn, running just 2 copies was a sound approach to minimize drawing multiple copies.
After being impressed by the power and versatility of Three Tactical Talents, some players have up it to the full 3 copies in the Main Deck. If Combo decks are not disrupted during their setup, then their end board would often be too difficult to break. Modern beatdown decks such as Orcust, Salamangreat, Thunder Dragon have a setup that if not disrupted, could quickly snowball into overwhelming card advantage. This results in many decks having to run multiple ‘hand traps’ in their builds to disrupt these setup plays, making Three Tactical Talents very unlikely to brick in the current OCG metagame.
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- 2020-04-25 | Youhun Dongman Cards Official Store Promotion Cup
- 2020-04-25 | Yaoyao Cards Offline Tournament
- 2020-04-25 | K-Club Yu-Gi-Oh! Ranking Tournament
- 2020-04-19 | SSC Ranking Tournament
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- 2020-04-19 | Yaoyao Cards Offline Tournament