OCG 2021.04 Metagame Report #3

Welcome to Week #3 of the OCG 2021.04 format.

This report will tabulate 50 top-performing decks from 10 tournaments that were held in Japan and China Mainland during 17 – 21 April 2021.

Update: Revised with additional data from “Qidian Card Store Ranking Tournament”.


New Product Release

  • Dawn of Majesty


Metagame Breakdown

  • 9 Tri-Brigade (8 Zoodiac Tri-Brigade, 1 Tri-Brigade)
  • 6 Zoodiac
  • 5 Code Talker
  • 5 Eldlich (2 Ancient Warriors Eldlich, 1 Eldlich, 1 Grass Eldlich, 1 Zoodiac Eldlich)
  • 3 Sky Striker
  • 3 Virtual World
  • 2 Adamancipator
  • 2 Drytron
  • 2 Endymion
  • 2 Salamangreat
  • 2 Shaddoll (1 Dogmatika Invoked Shaddoll, 1 Invoked Shaddoll)
  • 1 Altergeist
  • 1 Danger Dark World
  • 1 Dragonmaid
  • 1 Grass Chaos Thunder Dragon
  • 1 Magical Musket
  • 1 Prank-Kids
  • 1 Scrap Dinosaur
  • 1 SPYRAL
  • 1 @Ignister



Feri (ふぇーり), World Championship 2018 Japan Representative, went 6-2 and finished 1st in “4th Wayo CS” (Team 3v3) which had 30 teams (90 participants). His teammate Ryuppy (りゅっぴー) ran the exact same build and went 7-0-1.

He wrote on twitter (@FeriFeriFeeri) about his impression of how Zoodiac Tri-Brigade fared against the various other decks in the metagame.
Advantage: Dragonmaid, Virtual World, mono Tri-Brigade, Combo decks in general
Slight Advantage: Eldlich, Invoked Shaddoll
Even: mono Zoodiac
Slight Disadvantage: Trap-Build Code Talker, Sky Striker

In the comments, he elaborated that Sky Striker is a poor match-up as they could disrupt effectively with Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor and Imperial Iron Wall while they slowly pull ahead in resources.

Shaddoll being a slightly good match-up was debated as another commented that it was a poor match-up. But he reasoned that against Shaddoll, as long as he doesn’t go into Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess, but go for just Ancient Warriors Oath – Double Dragon Lords, Tri-Brigade Rugal the Silver Sheller and Tri-Brigade Revolt to maximize his resources it would be a winnable game.



Kira (きら) finished 2nd in “4th Wayo CS” (Team 3v3) which had 30 teams (90 participants).

In addition to the 3 Infinite Impermanence, he ran another 3 Effect Veiler in the Main Deck, ensuring that he could disrupt Tri-Brigade monsters from getting their effects off.


Code Talker

ReN went 5-1-1 and finished 2nd in “15th Next Play Cup” which had 32 participants.

He ran 2 Breakthrough Skill in the Main Deck, rather than the more popular Infinite Impermanence.

Breakthrough Skill is relatively slower as it requires to be set for a turn, but provides more pressure as it could be used to negate twice. Another slightly useful application is when he gets hit by an opponent’s Red Reboot, he could choose to set Breakthrough Skill from the deck. So even if the opponent wipes his board later with Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder, he would still be able to use the ② effect from the graveyard to negate Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder on his turn.



Agotan (顎舌) went 4-1-3 and finished 1st in “Asaka Cup (2v2 Team Battle)” which had 35 teams (70 participants).

He ran an Ancient Warriors package in his Eldlich deck. Ancient Warriors – Masterful Sun Mou ② effect can be used to add Ancient Warriors – Ingenious Zhuge Kong from deck to hand, which could then be Special Summoned from hand. Together they could be used to Link Summon Ancient Warriors Oath – Double Dragon Lords, whose ① effect is triggered on summon to add Ancient Warriors – Rebellious Lu Feng from deck to hand, and then Special Summoned from hand by its own effect.

Ancient Warriors – Masterful Sun Mou ③ effect and Ancient Warriors Oath – Double Dragon Lords ③ effect could be used as removal against the opponent’s board, opening up to an quick OTK when combined with Eldlich the Golden Lord. Ancient Warriors Oath – Double Dragon Lords, Ancient Warriors – Rebellious Lu Feng and Eldlich the Golden Lord totals to (1100 + 500) + (2800 + 500) + (2500 + 1000) = 8400 damage.

As Ancient Warriors – Masterful Sun Mou and Ancient Warriors – Ingenious Zhuge Kong are Level 4 monsters, they also open up options to Rank 4 monsters such as Abyss Dweller, Evilswarm Exciton Knight and Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir.

Fire Formation – Tenki and Cursed Eldland are also useful as fodders for the cost of activating Ancient Warriors – Masterful Sun Mou, Ancient Warriors Oath – Double Dragon Lords and Eldlich the Golden Lord effects.



Tri-Brigade continues on its lead, with Zoodiac Tri-Brigade as the current predominant build. Zoodiac also maintained its second spot, while Code Talker and Eldlich follows behind.

Beast Warrior monsters are extremely powerful this metagame, Tri-Brigade are able to generate card advantage from Tri-Brigade Revolt, Zoodiac could board wipe with Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder, and Ancient Warriors are able to break the opponent’s board and deal high amount of damage. Most importantly, Beast Warrior monsters have 3 copies of Fire Formation – Tenki to ensure their consistency.

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10 Responses

  1. Isaac Ladrón de Guevara Morales says:

    so zoodiac are again dominant (true draco zoodiac + pure zoodiac flashback).

    • Spectra says:

      well tribrigade but you can count it as zoo (tribrigade,pure,eldlich) in your head to have that flashback XD

    • bluemethetys says:

      this format isn’t even remotely comparable
      2017 zoo format was skill intensive blabla
      current zoo is absolute complete monkey, just “BRRR activate Zeus chain negate chain Zeus again”, and its use in tribrigade is because it has specific synergies(zoos can be summoned off of ferrijit, and load the GY for the grindgame, while making tenki flexible), which is a completely different dynamic from when it was splashed in decks back in 2017(back when there was literally no reason not to play 3 barrage in every deck)

    • bluemethetys says:

      Adding birds to the deck just makes your deck lose harder to Dark Ruler etc
      esp doesn’t make sense when zoos being so strong with Seals not being in the metagame

    • revreborn says:

      but then again, DRNM loses to Crossout hard 🙂

  2. Kwan Sena says:

    Does anyone know where I can find recent OCG Sky Striker decklists?

  3. Mineralz says:

    Why don’t Drytron do well? Aren’t they at full power?

  4. Nick says:

    Maxx c would probably be considered a reactive extender, is there a TCG alternative or best option for replacement? These guys are running like 11 or more hand traps and it seems like a lot

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