OCG 2022.01 Metagame Report #3, #4

Welcome to Week #3, #4 of the OCG 2022.01 format.

This report will tabulate 130 top-performing decks from 24 tournaments that were held in Japan, China Mainland, South Korea and Vietnam during 15 – 26 January 2022.


New Product Release

  • Dimension Force
  • V Jump March 2022 promotional card
    • Changshi the Spiritualist


Metagame Breakdown

  • 41 Branded Despia (31 Adventurer Branded Despia, 8 Branded Despia, 1 Frightfur Branded Despia, 1 Shaddoll Branded Despia)
  • 19 Adventurer Tenyi (17 Rose Dragon Adventurer Tenyi, 2 Adventurer Tenyi)
  • 9 Drytron
  • 7 Floowandereeze
  • 6 Endymion
  • 6 Sky Striker (5 Sky Striker, 1 Therion Sky Striker)
  • 5 Adamancipator (3 Adamancipator, 1 Grass Adamancipator, 1 P.U.N.K. Adamancipator)
  • 5 Eldlich (2 Adventurer Branded Eldlich, 2 Branded Eldlich, 1 Grass Branded Dragonmaid Eldlich)
  • 5 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 4 Branded Tri-Brigade
  • 3 Swordsoul (2 Tenyi Swordsoul, 1 Swordsoul)
  • 3 Therion (1 Branded Therion, 1 Adventurer Branded Therion, 1 Grass Adventurer Branded Therion)
  • 2 Adventurer Prank-Kids
  • 2 Adventurer Virtual World
  • 2 Dinosaur
  • 2 Evil★Twin
  • 1 Altergeist
  • 1 Ancient Warriors
  • 1 Branded Dogmatika Invoked
  • 1 Dinomorphia
  • 1 Grass Dragon Link
  • 1 Madolche
  • 1 Salamangreat
  • 1 Speedroid Symphonic Warrior
  • 1 SPYRAL


Branded Despia

Zekkei (ぜっけい) went 9-0 (including 2 byes) and finished 1st in “RAM Festival” which had 69 participants.

He ran 1 Branded Banishment in the Side Deck, a new card from Dimension Force that is great in the mirror match. Branded Banishment is essentially a Super Polymerization, being able to Fusion Summon by banishing Fusion Materials listed on it from either field. Having “Branded” in its name makes it searchable by Aluber the Jester of Despia and Albion the Branded Dragon effect, and can also be salvaged by Despian Tragedy effect.


Adventurer Tenyi

Kinnikuso (きんにくそ) went 6-1 and finished 3 – 4th in “9th Taijyu Cup” which had 31 teams (93 participants).

He ran 2 Wandering Gryphon Rider and 2 Illegal Knight in the Main Deck. Illegal Knight is a new card from Dimension Force that is part of the Adventurer theme and comes with a similar Special Summon effect as Wandering Gryphon Rider. Being Quick Effect, Wandering Gryphon Rider and Illegal Knight can both be Special Summoned together while controlling no monsters by chaining their effects together. The same can also be performed with Tenyi monsters, but since Tenyi monsters are Ignition Effects they have to go on Chain 1, then Wandering Gryphon Rider or Illegal Knight goes on Chain 2. These will put 2 Level 7 monsters on the field and can be used to Xyz Summon Number 42: Galaxy Tomahawk to go into Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon.

Using Illegal Knight ② effect to return 2 opponent’s cards to hand would give the opponent control of Illegal Knight. But if it’s during your own turn, you can use Dracoback, the Rideable Dragon ② effect to return Illegal Knight back to your hand.



Branded Despia and Adventurer Tenyi takes the lead this week. The amount of top-placement that Branded Despia achieved has also broke 30%, which is more than twice the amount of Adventurer Tenyi.

Dimension Force has a modest impact on the metagame so far, mainly Branded Despia and Adventurer Tenyi running a new card each in their builds. The new theme Therion has also made some notable performance, it could be played as a competitive deck when paired with Branded, or played as a small package inside Sky Striker. Both of these deck lists can be seen in the “68th Next Play Cup”.

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9 Responses

  1. Why? says:

    W-Wh-Where is all free dinoruffia?? Deck should be crapping on everyone along with branded and brave token. Ppl must not be playing it or something

  2. Kailub says:

    It did get 1 top here, it’s called dinomorphia instead of dinoruffia. People do play it but it struggles against the current meta.

  3. Lynnsgard says:

    drop Branded fusion to tier 1 deck is blatantly money grab…
    I hope komoney try to abuse odd-eyes fusion or neos fusion instead…

  4. JLuisho says:

    Somebody knows the Shaddoll Branded Despia decklist?

  5. Caliel says:

    Somebody knows de dino list?

  6. That otaku In the corner says:

    Anybody know one Evil twin decklists?

  7. Rick says:

    Love how Yugo’s deck (Speedroids) is the only one of the Zarc personalities topping nowadays.

    Dude was the best incarnation. He was cool, had a nice deck, and was thoroughly innocent guy.

  8. Ryan Condon says:

    does anyone have the speedroid list?

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