OCG 2021.01 Metagame Report #7

Welcome to Week #7 of the OCG 2021.01 format.

This report will cover 54 top-performing decks from 11 tournaments that were held in Japan, mainland China and Taiwan during 11 – 17 February 2021.

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 6 Eldlich (3 Zoodiac Eldlich, 2 Eldlich, 1 Grass Zombie Eldlich)
  • 6 Virtual World
  • 6 Zoodiac (5 Zoodiac, 1 Amazement Zoodiac)
  • 5 Sky Striker (4 Sky Striker, 1 Zoodiac Sky Striker)
  • 3 Dragonmaid
  • 2 Endymion
  • 2 Magician
  • 2 Phantom Knights
  • 2 Prank-Kids
  • 2 Scrap Orcust
  • 2 Thunder Dragon (1 Thunder Dragon, 1 Chaos Thunder Dragon)
  • 2 @Ignister
  • 1 Adamancipator
  • 1 Ancient Warriors
  • 1 Code Talker
  • 1 Dogmatika Invoked
  • 1 Drytron
  • 1 Grass Dogmatika Invoked Shaddoll
  • 1 Grass Infernoid
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Kaiju Dogmatika
  • 1 Numeron Subterror
  • 1 SPYRAL
  • 1 True Draco
  • 1 Zefra
  • 1 Zoodiac Tri-Brigade

 

Eldlich

Bao (バオ) went 7-1 and finished 4th in “57th Garosu CS with Osaka Yugi” (2v2 Team) which had 34 teams (68 participants).

He is still playing the same build that uses the standard Eldlich as the Main Deck and as Zoodiac in the Side Deck as seen in OCG 2021.01 Metagame Report #2. He made a change of cutting out 3 PSY-Framegear Gamma and 1 PSY-Frame Driver from the Main Deck, and adding in 1 Dinowrestler Pankratops and 2 Summon Limit instead.

There has been a drop in usage of PSY-Framegear Gamma as more players are opting instead for Skull Meister, Droll & Lock Bird and Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion. These ‘hand traps’ have a less stringent activation requirement and are much harder to play around.

 

Virtual World

Aki (アキ) went 7-1 and finished 1st in “36th Yu-Gi-Oh! Shin-Kurashiki CS (3v3 Team Battle)” which had 18 teams (54 players).

Recent Virtual World builds are running either 1 Crystron Quariongandrax or 1 Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier in the Extra Deck. They are able to banish opponent’s monsters from the field and graveyard, making them great against Eldlich the Golden Lord and Drytron Effect Monsters.

Crystron Quariongandrax is also useful for dishing out big damage. After attacking with Crystron Quariongandrax, Virtual World Gate – Chuche effect could be used to destroy it to trigger its ② effect and Special Summon a banished monster for another attack.

 

Zoodiac

Kachen (卡陈) went 7-1-1 and finished 1st in “Huoguoyang Card Store 2021 New Year Annual Tournament” which had 31 participants.

Running Macro Cosmos in the Main Deck is a popular trend among the Chinese players, as seen in the 3 Zoodiac builds from tournaments held in mainland China.

Meanwhile in tournaments held in Japan, only the Amazement Zoodiac build is running Macro Cosmos in the Main Deck as it is a trap heavy build. The other 2 Zoodiac build chose to run more ‘hand trap’ such as Droll & Lock Bird, Infinite Impermanence, Skull Meister and D.D. Crow.

 

Sky Striker

Mizuneko went 6-2 and finished 2nd in “1st RAM Cup in Itabashi” which had 41 participants.

Mystic Mine, Imperial Iron Wall and There Can Be Only One are three popular tech choices ran in recent Sky Striker builds. They are effective against the current spread of top decks in the metagame. Many decks would have no answer to them in Game 1 as most players have their Spell/Trap removals in the Side Deck.

 

Conclusion

Eldlich, Virtual World, Zoodiac and Sky Striker takes the lead this week, once again inching just slightly ahead of the rest.

Some players have been experimenting with Amazement as a small package of just 2-3 Amazement Administrator Arlekino and 2-3 Amaze Attraction Horror House. Functionally, this effect is similar to Book of Moon, but has the advantage of having a monster on the field and could be used to destroy opponent’s card(s) on the field if Amazement Administrator Arlekino survives until your turn.

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2 Responses

  1. JainaHashi says:

    If someone finds the Sky Striker zoo list pls reply with the link here I’m curious

  2. toe says:

    striker making a comeback like to see it.

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