OCG 2021.04 Metagame Report #0

Welcome to Week #0 of the OCG 2021.04 format.

This report will tabulate 101 top-performing decks from 19 tournaments that were held in Japan and China Mainland during 17 – 31 March 2021, played under the new OCG 2021.04 Limit Regulation.


New Product Release

  • The Valuable Book EX promotional cards
    • Curse of Dragon, the Magical Knight Dragon
    • Pile Armed Dragon
  • V Jump Spring 2021 subscription bonus
    • Armored Dragon
    • Crow Tengu
    • Onmoraki
  • V Jump May 2021 promotional card
    • Nowruz Elise the Dragon of Beauty and Faith


Metagame Breakdown

  • 14 Tri-Brigade (6 Tri-Brigade, 5 Zoodiac Tri-Brigade, 2 Lyrilusc Tri-Brigade, 1 Lyrilusc Ancient-Warrior Tri-Brigade)
  • 12 Zoodiac
  • 9 Eldlich (5 Eldlich, 2 Grass Zombie Eldlich, 1 Grass Eldlich, 1 Zoodiac Eldlich)
  • 9 Virtual World
  • 7 Zefra
  • 6 Prank-Kids
  • 6 Thunder Dragon (3 Chaos Thunder Dragon, 2 Thunder Dragon, 1 Chaos Invoked Thunder Dragon)
  • 5 Endymion
  • 4 Phantom Knights
  • 4 Shaddoll (2 Grass Invoked Shaddoll, 1 Invoked Shaddoll, 1 Grass Dogmatika Shaddoll)
  • 3 Code Talker
  • 3 Dragonmaid
  • 3 Sky Striker
  • 3 SPYRAL
  • 2 Adamancipator
  • 2 Orcust
  • 2 Plunder Patroll
  • 1 Burning Abyss
  • 1 Cyber Dragon
  • 1 Danger Dark World
  • 1 Evilswarm
  • 1 Salamangreat
  • 1 Sekka Danger Kaiju Luna
  • 1 @Ignister



Ryuppy (りゅっぴー) went 7-0 and finished 1st in “12th Next Play Cup” which had 30 participants.

The current popular Tri-Brigade build has been streamlined to focus on setting up Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess, Ancient Warriors Oath – Double Dragon Lords and Tri-Brigade Revolt.

Adding the Zoodiac package to Tri-Brigade is gaining popularity. Zoodiac provides additional firepower in the form of Zoodiac Drident and Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder, greatly improving the odds when going second. Zoodiac could be reach with Fire Formation – Tenki, and could be used to test the water before following up with Tri-Brigade Kerass.



Shu-chan (しゅうちゃん) went 6-2 and finished 2nd in “Okayama Orbis Cup Individual Battle” which had 33 participants.

The rise of Tri-Brigade saw Infinite Impermanence being brought back into the Main Deck. Using Infinite Impermanence to negate their ② effect that Special Summons 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from the Extra Deck is the most direct method to disrupt Tri-Brigade.

Ghost Belle and Haunted Mansion is useful for negating Tri-Brigade Revolt.



Garosu (ガロス) went 8-1 (including 1 bye) and finished 2nd in “1st Coriander Cup” which had 54 participants.

Torrential Tribute, Paleozoic Dinomischus and Paleozoic Canadia are effective against Tri-Brigade by picking off the Tri-Brigade monster before its ② effect to Special Summons 1 Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged Beast Link Monster from the Extra Deck could be activated.

They are also useful for picking off Zoodiac monster to deny Xyz Summon plays, and to pick off Virtual World monsters so they could not target them to Special Summon Virtual World monsters from hand.


Virtual World

Pluto went 5-2-1 and finished 2nd in “3rd Wayo CS” (3v3 Team) which had 30 teams (90 participants).

As True King of All Calamities became limited, the initial choice was using Number 75: Bamboozling Gossip Shadow as a replacement. However, Number 75: Bamboozling Gossip Shadow requires detaching 2 Xyz materials to activate its Quick Effect, meaning that this is mostly a one-time usage. Its effect only changes the activated effect and does not destroy the monster. Against Nibiru, the Primal Being and PSY-Framegear Gamma, they would remain in hand, and the opponent could use them again on the next turn for Nibiru, the Primal Being or again on the current turn for PSY-Framegear Gamma.

Using Ultimaya Tzolkin to Special Summon Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon is gaining popularity as an alternative choice as it provides a better negation effect that could be used once per turn and also destroys the monster.



The early OCG 2021.04 format has Tri-Brigade, Zoodiac, Eldlich and Virtual World taking a slight lead ahead of the rest.

The current decks are build around beating Tri-Brigade, Zoodiac and Virtual World as priority. 2-3 copies of Infinite Impermanence in the Main Deck is effective against Tri-Brigade and Zoodiac. 3 copies of Artifact Lancea in the Side Deck is effective against Tri-Brigade and Virtual World.

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7 Responses

  1. Deproissant says:

    Is there any particular reason why the Lyrilusc variant is not as popular as the pure Tri-Brigade one in the OCG?

    • Spectra says:

      well pure can fit in more tech cards like handtraps, torrential etc

    • Jaina says:

      Adding to Spectra’s comment, pure variant also has less total summons than the Lyrilusc variant, which means less susceptibility to Nib and less threat from Maxx “C”.

    • Thunder says:

      It was popular pre-release of Bear Bloom

      Pure Tri-Brigade is just generally more consistent owing that the average Appo-Dragon Lords-Revolt board is a 1 card combo + 2 discard

      Lyrilusc is just to susceptible to Hand Traps such as Nib and Maxx C (which thd former is seeing more play because VW is no longer a thing) and with Imperm on the rise, I can see people moving away from Lyrilusc Brigade until people play less handtraps again

  2. Kameron Hutchinson says:

    How do we look at every decklist from the decks at the top even the ones with low representation?

  3. Lynnsgard says:

    Why code talker suddenly missing from the list?

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