OCG 2022.01 Metagame Report #7, #8

Welcome to Week #7, #8 of the OCG 2022.01 format.

This report will cover 109 top-performing decks from 23 tournaments that were held in Japan, mainland China and Vietnam during 11 – 23 February 2022.

Update: Revised with additional data from “3rd Monkey Yugioh Tournament”.


New Product Release

  • History Archive Collection
  • V Jump April 2022 promotional card
    • Red-Eyes Black Meteor Dragon


Metagame Breakdown

  • 28 Branded Despia (25 Adventurer Branded Despia, 3 Branded Despia)
  • 15 Rose Dragon Adventurer Tenyi
  • 14 Floowandereeze
  • 9 Drytron
  • 6 Therion (2 P.U.N.K. Therion, 1 Therion, 1 Branded Therion, 1 Adventurer Branded Therion, 1 Grass Adventurer Branded Therion)
  • 5 Swordsoul (4 Tenyi Swordsoul, 1 Branded Tenyi Swordsoul)
  • 4 Tri-Brigade (3 Branded Tri-Brigade, 1 Zoodiac Tri-Brigade)
  • 3 Magician
  • 3 SPYRAL (2 SPYRAL, 1 Adventurer SPYRAL)
  • 3 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 2 Adamancipator
  • 2 Branded Dinomorphia
  • 2 Eldlich (1 Adventurer Branded Eldlich, 1 Grass Adventurer Eldlich)
  • 2 Marincess
  • 2 Sky Striker
  • 2 @Ignister
  • 1 Adventurer Danger Phantom Knights
  • 1 Adventurer Prank-Kids
  • 1 Adventurer Virtual World
  • 1 Grass Adventurer Branded Shaddoll
  • 1 Madolche
  • 1 Scrap Dinosaur
  • 1 Therion ABC


Branded Despia

Garosu (ガロス) went 6-2 and finished 1st in “18th Hagetaka CS” (2v2 Team) which had 25 teams (50 participants).

He ran 1 Alba-Lenatus the Abyss Dragon in the Extra Deck.

Alba-Lenatus the Abyss Dragon can be Special Summoned by sending Fallen of Albaz and 1 or more Dragon monsters from either player’s Monster Zone to the graveyard. This can be used for clearing Borreload Savage Dragon, Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy and Dragonmaid monsters. However, these Dragon monsters are not very prevalent in the current metagame.

Alba-Lenatus the Abyss Dragon is more frequently used as a 3rd copy of Albion the Branded Dragon. Albion the Branded Dragon ② can only be used once per turn, so sending multiple copies of it to the graveyard in the same turn would still only add or set 1 Branded Spell/Trap card from deck. But sending Alba-Lenatus the Abyss Dragon and Albion the Branded Dragon in the same turn would add both Branded Fusion and Branded in Red from deck.

The scenario of sending multiple Fusion Monsters from the Extra Deck to the graveyard could happen with a double Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon play on the same turn. Firstly, Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon would send Albion the Branded Dragon to banish a monster. Then activating Branded in Red to use Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon and Ad Libitum of Despia as Fusion Material would trigger Ad Libitum of Despia ② effect to Special Summon the Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon that was banished. Finally, this newly Special Summoned Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon can use its effect to send Alba-Lenatus the Abyss Dragon to banish a monster.


Adventurer Tenyi

Azusa (あずさ) went 6-1 and finished 3rd in “71st Next Play Cup” which had 31 participants.

Back in Week #5, #6, Adventurer Tenyi builds were still running just 2 Maxx “C” in the Main Deck, but in recent weeks most have increased to 3 copies. 12 of 14 Rose Dragon Adventurer Tenyi decks that topped in Week #7, #8 were running 3 copies of Maxx “C” in the Main Deck, while only 2 stuck with 2 copies.

To increase the odds of his Maxx “C” effect resolving, he ran 1 Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion in the Main Deck against Called by the Grave. Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion can also be used to negate Despia’s Branded in Red and Adventurer’s Water Enchantress of the Temple, a reasonable inclusion in the Main Deck against the current metagame.



Perullish (ペルセ) went 7-1 and finished 1st in “72nd Next Play Cup” which had 32 participants.

Many Floowandereeze builds are back to running 3 Dimension Shifter in the Main Deck. Dimension Shifter is fantastic against Adventurer Tenyi and Drytron, while still being reasonably effective against Branded Despia.

Although Despian Tragedy can still activate its ① effect when banished, Dimension Shifter will still narrow down the available options for Branded Despia. While Dimension Shifter effect is applied, all cards sent to the graveyard will be banished instead. With no Despia monster or Fallen of Albaz in the graveyard to target, Branded in Red cannot be activated. Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon ② effect also cannot be activated since the activation cost of sending 1 Fusion Monster that lists Fallen of Albaz as material from your Extra Deck to the graveyard cannot be fulfilled. That would leave Branded Despia with just Predaplant Dragostapelia as their only disruption.



With very little impact from the recent new sets, the metagame remains largely the same with Branded Despia and Adventurer Tenyi retaining the same top spots. Floowandereeze has made a surprising climb these two weeks, tying up against Adventurer Tenyi.

The current metagame trend is expected to continue till the end of the format as the next set release Deck Build Pack: Tactical Masters will only drop on the second half of March.

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6 Responses

  1. m;; says:

    Interesting to see that despite holding the top metashare, Despia is winning far less than it had in previous cycles. Seems like OCG is working the deck out.

  2. Csmooth says:

    Any chance we can get some Therion deck lists? They’ve been floating in the middle for a little and seem interesting.

  3. DinoRhino says:

    Branded Dinomorphia list somewhere to be found ?

  4. drophobia says:

    What’s the decklist of azusa , i am curious to test this kind of deck

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