OCG 2021.10 Metagame Report #1, #2

Welcome to Week #1, #2 of the OCG 2021.10 format.

This report will cover 191 top-performing decks from 42 tournaments that were held in Japan and mainland China during 1 – 13 October 2021.

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 28 Phantom Knights (26 Destiny HERO Brave Phantom Knights, 1 Destiny HERO Phantom Knights, 1 Danger Phantom Knights)
  • 26 Drytron (24 Drytron, 1 Destiny HERO Drytron, 1 Grass Drytron)
  • 25 Swordsoul (12 Destiny HERO Tenyi Swordsoul, 5 Tenyi Swordsoul, 4 Destiny HERO Swordsoul, 4 Swordsoul)
  • 23 Prank-Kids (16 Brave Prank-Kids, 5 Destiny HERO Brave Prank-Kids, 2 Destiny HERO Prank-Kids)
  • 20 Tri-Brigade (14 Destiny HERO Zoodiac Tri-Brigade, 3 Destiny HERO Tri-Brigade, 3 Zoodiac Tri-Brigade)
  • 11 Eldlich (4 Eldlich, 3 Destiny HERO Eldlich, 1 Brave Eldlich, 1 Destiny HERO Ancient Warriors Eldlich, 1 Destiny HERO Brave Eldlich, 1 Dogmatika Eldlich)
  • 7 Sky Striker (4 Destiny HERO Sky Striker, 2 Sky Striker, 1 Destiny HERO Brave Sky Striker)
  • 5 Invoked (4 Destiny HERO Invoked, 1 Destiny HERO Dogmatika Invoked)
  • 5 Shaddoll (3 Grass Destiny HERO Invoked Shaddoll, 1 Grass Destiny HERO Brave Shaddoll, 1 Grass Destiny HERO Dogmatika Invoked Shaddoll)
  • 4 HERO
  • 4 @Ignister
  • 3 Adamancipator (2 P.U.N.K. Adamancipator, 1 Sekka Prank-Kids Adamancipator)
  • 3 Salamangreat
  • 2 Brave Virtual World
  • 2 Code Talker
  • 2 Destiny HERO Orcust
  • 2 Endymion
  • 2 Evil★Twin
  • 2 Phoenix Brave
  • 2 Thunder Dragon (1 Chaos Thunder Dragon, 1 Destiny HERO Chaos Thunder Dragon)
  • 2 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 1 Agent Fairy
  • 1 Brave Swordsoul Yang Zing Tenyi
  • 1 Brave 3-Axis Synchro
  • 1 Dragonmaid
  • 1 Dragon Link
  • 1 Floowandereeze
  • 1 Kragen Marincess
  • 1 Magician
  • 1 Sekka Danger Kaiju Luna
  • 1 SPYRAL
  • 1 Unchained

 

Phantom Knights

Hiyama Shunsuke “エクス” (2015, 2016 World Champion) went 6-1 and finished 1st in “49th Next Play Cup (3v3 Team Battle)” which had 26 teams (78 participants).

I:P Masquerena‘s effect can only be activated during the opponent’s Main Phase so the opponent would have the priority to play Dark Ruler No More first. The opponent could also use Super Polymerization on Destiny HERO – Destroy Phoenix Enforcer and I:P Masquerena to Fusion Summon Predaplant Dragostapelia or Starving Venom Fusion Dragon.

Hence Destiny HERO Brave Phantom Knights adapted by adding Artifact Dagda to access Artifact Scythe. The whole sequence of Artifact Dagda setting Artifact Scythe and then destroying it with Destiny HERO – Destroy Phoenix Enforcer can be played out during the opponent’s Standby Phase, all before the opponent could even play Dark Ruler No More during the Main Phase. Artifact Dagda being a LIGHT Fairy monster also plays around Super Polymerization.

 

Drytron

Zhonghui (钟会) (3 – 4th in CCT Wuhan 2021) finished 1st in “Evening Star Cards Ranking Tournament” which had 45 participants. He also finished 1st in “Evening Star Cards × Chengdu College League 3rd College Tournament” which had 84 participants.

The popularity of Forbidden Droplet and Dark Ruler No More saw him brought back 1 B-Buster Drake in the Side Deck to be used with Union Carrier for equipping to Drytron Meteonis Draconids or Herald of Perfection to give them immunity against opponent’s Spell effects.

 

Swordsoul

Kira went 8-0 (including 1 bye) and finished 1st in “Liberal Arts CS” which had 36 participants.

Swordsoul builds have started running 1 Geomathmech Final Sigma in the Extra Deck. Geomathmech Final Sigma is unaffected by card effects, except “Mathmech” cards, while in the Extra Monster Zone, making it immune against popular cards such as Destiny HERO – Destroy Phoenix Enforcer, Dracoback the Dragon Steed and Forbidden Droplet. Though Borreload Dragon and Accesscode Talker would be able to attack over Geomathmech Final Sigma with the ATK gain from their effect.

 

Prank-Kids

Peroshan (ペロシャン) went 6-0-1 (excluding 1 bye) and finished 1st in “Asaka Cup (2v2 Team Battle)” which had 31 teams (62 participants).

Anti-Spell Fragrance and Imperial Order have become popular measures to prevent the opponent from using Spells answer such as Dark Ruler No More to break the opening setup. In turn, Kaiju and Evenly Matched are used instead to break the opponent’s board.

 

Tri-Brigade

Feri (World Championship 2018 Japan Representative) went 6-1 and finished 2nd in “49th Next Play Cup (3v3 Team Battle)” which had 26 teams (78 participants).

He dropped both Lightning Storm and Harpie’s Feather Duster from the Side Deck, and instead chose to run 3 Twin Twisters in order to fair better against Anti-Spell Fragrance and Imperial Order. It is crucial to be able to chain and destroy Anti-Spell Fragrance or Imperial Order so as to enable Fire Formation – Tenki and Zoodiac Barrage to be played.

 

Conclusion

With more tournaments from mainland China during their golden week, the higher usage and top-placing propelled Drytron to the top, alongside Phantom Knights, Swordsoul, Prank-Kids and Tri-Brigade.

The recent metagaming trends can be observed from the deck build changes made week to week. Initially due to Brave and Wandering Gryphon Rider causing disruption from ‘hand traps’ to have limited effectiveness, players started switching to using Forbidden Droplet and Dark Ruler No More to break their opponent’s board instead. This in turn saw an uprise in Anti-Spell Fragrance and Imperial Order to stop those spells. Dark Ruler No More is then dropped completely and in place are Kaiju and Evenly Matched being played to circumvent Anti-Spell Fragrance.

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3 Responses

  1. Marcel says:

    I am pretty intersted what will happen when Battle of Chaos droos

  2. Rick says:

    Thank you!!!!! Drytron is the best!!!!!!!

  3. william says:

    what do you use to make your pie charts

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