OCG 2020.07 Metagame Report #9
Welcome to Week #9 of the OCG 2020.07 format.
This report will cover 51 top-performing decks from 9 tournaments that were held in Japan and mainland China during 29 August – 1 September 2020.
- Structure Deck R: Dragunity Drive
- 8 Dogmatika Invoked (7 Dogmatika Invoked, 1 Dragoon Dogmatika Invoked)
- 8 Shaddoll (4 Dogmatika Invoked Shaddoll, 4 Dogmatika Shaddoll)
- 5 Eldlich (3 Eldlich, 1 Grass Zombie Eldlich, 1 Numeron Eldlich)
- 3 Sky Striker (2 Sky Striker, 1 Dragoon Sky Striker)
- 3 Zoodiac
- 2 Altergeist
- 2 Code Talker (1 Code Talker, 1 Salamangreat Code Talker)
- 2 Danger Dark World Tempest Magician FTK
- 2 Dragoon Adamancipator
- 2 Dragoon Orcust
- 2 Prank-Kids
- 2 Virtual World
- 1 Dragonmaid
- 1 Dragoon Cyber Dragon
- 1 Dragoon Phantom Knights
- 1 Infernoble Knight
- 1 Mekk-Knight
- 1 Numeron
- 1 Numeron Subterror
- 1 Salamangreat
- 1 Thunder Dragon
- 1 Zefra
Ganmo (がんも) went 5-1-1 and finished 1st in “Asaka CS (3v3 Team Battle)” which had 29 teams (87 participants).
He ran 2 Dimensional Barrier in the Side Deck.
Dimensional Barrier is mainly used to shutdown Fusion strategy such as Invoked and Shaddoll and Xyz strategy such as Zoodiac in the current competitive scene.
Dimensional Barrier could also be used against a variety of other Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum decks. In a diverse metagame, tech cards that are able to cover a wide spread of match-ups could be given a higher priority in the Side Deck .
There are two branch of Shaddoll builds that are currently popular – Dogmatika Invoked Shaddoll and Dogmatika Shaddoll.
The Dogmatika Invoked Shaddoll build is popularised in mainland China after having a 3rd place finish in the AYT China Mainland earlier last month.
Magical Meltdown would often draw out a negation from Invoked Mechaba or Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, else the Shaddoll player would be able to go off with Shaddoll Fusion and follow up with Shaddoll Schism on the next turn to Fusion Summon El Shaddoll Construct or El Shaddoll Winda and send Invoked Mechaba or Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon to the graveyard respectively. The activation of cards and effects that include an effect that Fusion Summons a Fusion Monster cannot be negated while Magical Meltdown is active on the field, thus ensuring that both Shaddoll Fusion and Shaddoll Schism can activate and resolve successfully.
Caizi (菜籽) finished 1st in “Xingyue Dongman Tabletop Store Blue-Eyes White Dragon Tournament” which had 54 participants.
The Dogmatika Shaddoll build on the other hand is more popular in Japan.
This is a more conservative build that aims to open with just Shaddoll Schism to Fusion Summon El Shaddoll Winda or El Shaddoll Construct during the opponent’s turn. The Dogmatika cards are mainly played for Nadir Servant as additional ways to get Shaddoll Schism via the effect of El Shaddoll Apkallone.
On Sunday, Doryu (どりゅう) went 6-1-1 to finished 3rd in “Asaka CS (2v2 Team Battle)” which had 46 teams (92 participants). On Tuesday, he went 6-0 (excluding 1 bye) and finished 1st in “154th Oretachi Trading Card Club CS ★ 2v2 Team Battle” which had 30 teams (60 participants). This brings his overall record to a 12-1-1.
He ran 3 Torrential Tribute and 2 Dinowrestler Pankratops in the Main Deck to supplement the slower playstyle. The deck is slow to startup, Torrential Tribute helps to disrupt the opponent and reset the board before stabilizing. Dinowrestler Pankratops being an EARTH attribute monster doubles up as Fusion Material for El Shaddoll Shekhinaga.
Popuradon (ポプラどん) went 8-0 and finished 2nd in “34th Garosu CS with Osaka Yugi” (2v2 Team) which had 32 teams (64 participants). During last weekend, he also went 7-0 and finished 1st in “Purgatrio Cup day 1st” (3v3 Team) which had 20 teams (60 participant), but fell short with a 3-1 in “Purgatrio Cup day 2nd” (3v3 Team) which had 20 teams (60 participant). This brings his overall record to a 18-1 over these two weeks.
He played a rather unorthodox build using That Grass Looks Greener and Reasoning to fill the graveyard and generate card advantage.
Doomking Balerdroch provides additional firepower in the form of a negation effect and a non-targeting banish effect. Being a Zombie monster, it could be Special Summoned by Eldlich the Golden Lord and Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine.
Zombie World not only empowers Doomking Balerdroch effect, but also combines with Rivalry of Warlords to lock out the opponent’s summons, and also allows Super Polymerization to use any monsters on the field for the Fusion Summon of Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon.
Towards the end of the OCG 2020.07 format, Dogmatika takes the lead in the form of Dogmatika Invoked, Dogmatika Invoked Shaddoll and Dogmatika Shaddoll.
To combat against Invoked and Shaddoll, some players are starting to run Retaliating “C” in the Side Deck.
Against Invoked, Retaliating “C” can be chained to Invocation. After being Special Summoned by its ① effect, while Retaliating “C” is face-up on the field, any card sent to the graveyard is banished instead. This would cause Invocation to be banished and deny the retrieval of Aleister the Invoker. Because the activation cost of sending a Monster, Spell or Trap card to the graveyard cannot be fulfilled, Invoked Mechaba would be unable to activate its negation effect.
Against Shaddoll, Retaliating “C” can be chained to Shaddoll Fusion and El Shaddoll Fusion. The Shaddoll monsters used as Fusion Material would be banished and thus would not trigger their graveyard effects. Shaddoll Fusion and El Shaddoll Fusion would also be banished, denying their retrieval via the Shaddoll Fusion Monsters.
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- 2020-08-30 | 8th Takatsuki CS (1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th)
- 2020-08-30 | Asaka CS (2v2 Team Battle) (1st: A, B | 2nd: A, B | 3rd: A, B | 4th: A, B)
- 2020-08-30 | Tsu Cup in CB Tsu Store (1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th)
- 2020-08-29 | 34th Garosu CS with Osaka Yugi (1st: A, B | 2nd: A, B | 3rd: A, B | 4th: A, B)
- 2020-08-29 | Asaka CS (3v3 Team Battle) (1st: A, B, C | 2nd: A, B, C | 3rd: A, B, C | 4th: A, B, C)
- 2020-08-29 | Xingxue Dongman Tabletop Store Blue-Eyes White Dragon Tournament
- 2020-08-29 | Beyond the Memories Blue-Eyes White Dragon Tournament
- 2020-08-29 | Juedou Xueyuan Ranking Tournament