OCG 2022.01 Metagame Report #9, #10

Welcome to Week #9, #10 of the OCG 2022.01 format.

This report will tabulate 100 top-performing decks from 19 tournaments that were held in Japan and China Mainland during 26 February – 9 March 2022.


Metagame Breakdown

  • 20 Branded Despia (13 Adventurer Branded Despia, 4 Branded Despia, 2 Frightfur Branded Despia, 1 Adventurer Shaddoll Branded Despia)
  • 8 Rose Dragon Adventurer Tenyi
  • 8 Floowandereeze
  • 7 Drytron
  • 7 Tri-Brigade (5 Branded Tri-Brigade, 1 Adventurer Branded Tri-Brigade, 1 Tri-Brigade)
  • 4 Adventurer Prank-Kids
  • 4 Branded Predaplant
  • 4 Eldlich (2 Grass Adventurer Branded Eldlich, 1 Adventurer Branded Eldlich, 1 Branded Eldlich)
  • 4 P.U.N.K. Therion
  • 4 @Ignister
  • 3 Adamancipator (1 Adamancipator, 1 P.U.N.K. Adamancipator, 1 Grass P.U.N.K. Adamancipator)
  • 3 Sky Striker (2 Sky Striker, 1 Therion Sky Striker)
  • 3 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 2 Adventurer Virtual World
  • 2 Dinomorphia (1 Dinomorphia, 1 Dogmatika Dinomorphia)
  • 2 Marincess (1 Marincess, 1 Adventurer Marincess)
  • 2 Orcust (1 P.U.N.K. Orcust, 1 Sacred Beast P.U.N.K. Orcust)
  • 2 Shaddoll (1 Branded Shaddoll, 1 Grass Adventurer Branded Shaddoll)
  • 2 Tenyi Swordsoul
  • 1 Adventurer Therion ABC
  • 1 D/D
  • 1 Endymion
  • 1 Magician
  • 1 Salamangreat
  • 1 Sekka Danger Kaiju Luna
  • 1 SPYRAL
  • 1 Sunavalon
  • 1 Zefra


Branded Despia

Gudepokio (ぐでぽきお) went 7-1 and finished 1st in “No-Face CS” which had 40 participants.

He ran 2 Summon Limit in the Side Deck. Summon Limit is powerful against Combo decks such as Adventurer Tenyi, Drytron and Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc. It limits Normal Summons as well, and thus has the added advantage of being able to lockout Floowandereeze too.


Adventurer Tenyi

Azusa (あずさ) went 6-2 and finished 1st in “74th Next Play Cup” which had 32 participants.

He ran 1 Dinowrestler Pankratops in the Side Deck. Dinowrestler Pankratops has not seen much play in recent formats as it no longer has the numerical advantage it once had. Dinowrestler Pankratops used to be able to attack and destroy a monster in battle, then destroy another card with its effect, accomplishing a two-for-one. But an ATK 2600 now can no longer go over Mirrorjade the Iceblade Dragon with ATK 3000 or Wandering Gryphon Rider with DEF 2800. On the other hand, Alpha, the Master of Beasts with ATK 3000 is seeing more play.

However in Adventurer Tenyi deck, Dinowrestler Pankratops as a Level 7 Monster could also be used as a summoning material, to Synchro Summon Baronne de Fleur or Xyz Summon Number 42: Galaxy Tomahawk.



Uron (うろん) finished 3rd in “No-Face CS” which had 40 participants.

Floowandereeze deck typically do not run Called by the Grave as they have no need to negate Maxx “C”, and conflicts with Dimension Shifter. While the effect of Dimension Shifter is applied, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring would be banished on activation and thus could not be targeted and negated by Called by the Grave.

However Called by the Grave is really powerful against Branded Despia as it can be chained to Branded in Red while not giving Despian Tragedy or Ad Libitum of Despia their effect. To play around the opponent’s Called by the Grave, during the End Phase, Branded Despia players might choose to add and activate Branded in Red directly from hand instead of setting it on the field. Although this play gives up the option to Fusion Summon Guardian Chimera during the opponent’s turn, it ensures the summoning of Predaplant Dragostapelia, whose effect is much more impactful against Floowandereeze.



At the end of the OCG 2022.01 format, Branded Despia held strong to the first spot. Adventurer Tenyi barely maintained its second spot, but has a significant decrease in proportion, and are now just on par with Floowandereeze, Drytron and Tri-Brigade.

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7 Responses

  1. Impendio says:

    And we finally got the banlist, hopefully the meta will change for good

  2. Francesco says:

    Can someone tell me where I can find a Branded Tri-Brigade deck in the sources? Thanks!

  3. Dan says:

    Orcust Punk Sacred Beast?! That’s got to be shared surely!

  4. Dre0 says:

    Why don’t you just group tri-brigade variants together like other decks?

    • Nyara♥ says:

      Zoodiacs are banned in OCG now and Lyrilusc fell out of the meta, so Tri-Brigades are ran now with Branded (which is listed) for the large part, with a few older fans still running it pure.

    • anonymous says:

      But Tri-Brigade is grouped (5 Branded Tri-Brigade, 1 Adventurer Branded Tri-Brigade, 1 Tri-Brigade).

      Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc is Lyrilusc but with Tri-Brigade as support.

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