OCG 2020.10 Metagame Report #2

Welcome to Week #2 of the OCG 2020.10 format.

This report will cover 50 top-performing decks from 8 tournaments that were held in Japan and mainland China during 10 – 13 October 2020.

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 9 Zoodiac (8 Zoodiac, 1 Tri-Brigade Zoodiac)
  • 6 Dogmatika Invoked
  • 5 Chaos Thunder Dragon
  • 5 Eldlich (3 Grass Zombie Eldlich, 1 Eldlich, 1 Dogmatika Eldlich)
  • 4 Phantom Knights
  • 3 Dogmatika Shaddoll
  • 3 Prank-Kids
  • 2 Code Talker (1 Code Talker, 1 Salamangreat Code Talker)
  • 2 Danger Dark World Tempest Magician FTK
  • 2 Sky Striker
  • 1 Artifact Dogmatika Traptrix
  • 1 Altergeist
  • 1 Cyber Dragon
  • 1 Dogmatika Mekk-Knight
  • 1 Dragon Link
  • 1 Grinder SPYRAL
  • 1 Mythical Beast Endymion
  • 1 Tri-Brigade Melffy
  • 1 Virtual World

 

Zoodiac

Shin went 6-1 (excluding 1 bye) and finished 4th in “10th DCS” which had 64 participants.

For this tournament, he had prepared the following Side Deck strategy.

Zoodiac (mirror) match-up
Out:
3 Maxx “C”
3 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
2 Called by the Grave
In:
2 Mind Control
1 Raigeki
1 Dark Hole
1 Harpie’s Feather Duster
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
1 Dimensional Barrier
1 Ice Dragon’s Prison
Thunder Dragon match-up
Out:
2 Dinowrestler Pankratops
2 Maxx “C”
3 Cosmic Cyclone
In:
3 Dark Ruler No More
2 Mind Control
1 Dimensional Barrier
1 Ice Dragon’s Prison
Altergeist match-up
Out:
3 Book of Moon
1 Forbidden Chalice
In:
2 Red Reboot
1 Harpie’s Feather Duster
1 Ice Dragon’s Prison
Shaddoll match-up
Out:
2 Maxx “C”
3 Forbidden Chalice
1 Book of Moon
In:
2 Retaliating “C”
1 Harpie’s Feather Duster
1 Compulsory Evacuation Device
1 Ice Dragon’s Prison

A prominent point in his deck is the choice of running 3 Forbidden Chalice but 0 Infinite Impermanence in the Main Deck. Infinite Impermanence has the advantage of being able to be activated from hand during the opponent’s turn, but it also runs a risk of being blocked by your own Fire Formation – Tenki, causing it to be unable to be played from hand when freshly drawn on your turn.

As most opening boards are breakable in the current format, rather than trying to disrupt the opponent’s opening play with ‘hand traps’, it might be more efficient to break their board with removals instead. This can be seen in his choice of siding out ‘hand traps’ such as 3 Maxx “C” and 3 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring in the Zoodiac mirror match, and siding in removals such as 2 Mind Control and 1 Raigeki, 1 Dark Hole.

Forbidden Chalice plays the role of a removal effect on your turn, and thus being able to be played directly from hand during your own turn is a much more significant functionality that he prioritized over Infinite Impermanence‘s ability as a disruption.

Dinowrestler Pankratops in the Main Deck is another evidence that players are favoring removal over disruption in the current metagame.

 

Dogmatika Invoked

Aroma (アロマ) went 9-0 and finished 1st in “Asaka CS (2v2 Team Battle)” which had 59 teams (118 participants).

Running 2 Spellbook of Knowledge in the Main Deck and 1 Magistus Maiden Artemis in the Extra Deck is now the standard build. Of the 6 Dogmatika Invoked decks that topped this week, all of them are running the above configuration.

Splashing Shaddoll Schism for El Shaddoll Winda has largely fallen out of favor as only 1 out of 6 is running the Shaddoll package. With Thunder Dragon back in the metagame, many players are bringing back De-Fusion in the Side Deck. Counting in the popularity of Dinowrestler Pankratops, Cosmic Cyclone, Book of Moon and Forbidden Chalice in the Main Deck, many decks could efficiently answer Shaddoll Schism or El Shaddoll Winda.

 

Thunder Dragon

Goldora (ゴルドラ) went 5-2 and finished 5 – 8th in “10th DCS” which had 64 participants.

After the debut of Chaos Space in World Premiere Pack 2020, Chaos Thunder Dragon has become the most popular Thunder Dragon build. Of the 5 Thunder Dragon decks that topped this week, all of them are running 3 Chaos Space. 4 out of 5 are running 1 White Dragon Wyverburster and 1 Black Dragon Collapserpent, while the last one chose to go with 2 White Dragon Wyverburster and 2 Black Dragon Collapserpent.

Chaos Space is an additional starter for Thunder Dragon. Sending a DARK Thunder Dragon monster to the graveyard such as Thunder Dragondark or Thunder Dragonroar would add White Dragon Wyverburster from deck to hand. White Dragon Wyverburster could then be Special Summoned from hand by banishing the earlier discarded DARK Thunder Dragon monster from the graveyard. That would in turn trigger that Thunder Dragon’s ② effect. White Dragon Wyverburster would then be used to Link Summon Striker Dragon, and then triggering its ① effect to add Black Dragon Collapserpent from deck to hand. Black Dragon Collapserpent would be Special Summoned by banishing White Dragon Wyverburster from the graveyard, and then together with Striker Dragon, they are used to Link Summon Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres.

Not only does this kickstart Thunder Dragon’s opening play, it also puts out a disruption in the form of a bounce from Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres.

 

Eldlich

Komi Marina “UMR” finished 9 – 16th with Altergeist among 3000 participants in last year’s YCSJ Tokyo 2019. This year, she had switch to Eldlich. She went 6-1-1 and finished 3 – 4th in “Asaka CS (2v2 Team Battle)” which had 59 teams (118 participants).

Against Eldlich, Chaos Thunder Dragon could opt to go into Predaplant Verte Anaconda and I:P Masquerena instead. Predaplant Verte Anaconda ② effect to send Thunder Dragon Fusion and Fusion Summon Thunder Dragon Titan, then on the opponent’s turn, I:P Masquerena ① effect would use itself and Predaplant Verte Anaconda to Link Summon Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax. A Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax Link Summoned using I:P Masquerena cannot be targeted and cannot be destroyed by opponent’s card effects. Outside of Skill Drain, Eldlich has no answer against it.

Artifact Lancea could prevent White Dragon Wyverburster or Black Dragon Collapserpent from banishing a Thunder Dragon monster from the graveyard to Special Summon itself, and thus disrupting their Chaos Space opening play. Using Nibiru, the Primal Being to wipe the opponent’s board is a possible preventive play as the Chaos Space play is already 4 counts of monsters summoned.

 

Conclusion

Zoodiac continues to lead, while Dogmatika Invoked, Chaos Thunder Dragon and Eldlich trails closely behind. In this one month since the announcement of the new OCG 2020.10 Limit Regulation, the performance of Zoodiac and Eldlich are consistently among the top, whereas the rest tend to fluctuate quite a bit.

Due to the rise in Chaos Thunder Dragon, Artifact Lancea and De-Fusion are seeing a return to the Side Deck.

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References

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2 Responses

  1. RP says:

    Could we get some pf the PK lists?

    • BK says:

      The lists are nearly always among the linked references at the end. You can find PK lists in the Asaka CS 2v2 tournament and the 12 Okatama Orbis Cup.

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