OCG 2022.04 Metagame Report #1, #2, #3

Welcome to Week #1, #2, #3 of the OCG 2022.04 format.

This report will tabulate 122 top-performing decks from 28 tournaments that were held in Japan, China Mainland and Vietnam during 2 – 20 April 2022.


Metagame Breakdown

  • 17 Branded Despia (6 Branded Despia, 6 Dinomorphia Branded Despia, 4 Adventurer Branded Despia, 1 Destiny HERO Branded Despia)
  • 14 Floowandereeze
  • 13 Tenyi (7 Rose Dragon Adventurer Tenyi, 4 P.U.N.K. Adventurer Tenyi, 1 Adventurer Tenyi, 1 P.U.N.K. Tenyi)
  • 11 Drytron
  • 6 Runick (3 Runick, 2 Invoked Runick, 1 P.U.N.K. Runick)
  • 6 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 4 Adventurer Virtual World
  • 4 Branded Eldlich
  • 4 Tenyi Swordsoul
  • 4 Therion (3 P.U.N.K. Therion, 1 Destiny HERO Branded Therion)
  • 3 Adamancipator (2 Grass P.U.N.K. Adamancipator, 1 Brilliant Adamancipator)
  • 3 Marincess
  • 3 Salamangreat
  • 3 Shaddoll (2 Grass Invoked Shaddoll, 1 Invoked Shaddoll)
  • 3 Sky Striker (2 Therion Sky Striker, 1 Sky Striker)
  • 3 Tri-Brigade (1 Tri-Brigade, 1 Adventurer Branded Tri-Brigade, 1 Grass Tri-Brigade)
  • 2 Evil★Twin
  • 2 Labrynth
  • 2 Madolche
  • 2 P.U.N.K. Phantom Knights
  • 2 Umi
  • 1 Altergeist
  • 1 Adventurer 3-Axis Synchro
  • 1 Branded Dinomorphia
  • 1 Branded Dragonmaid
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Magician
  • 1 Numeron
  • 1 Orcust
  • 1 True King Dinosaur
  • 1 Zefra
  • 1 @Ignister


Branded Despia

Gomiga (ゴミガ) went 7-1 and finished 2nd in “71st Garosu CS with Osaka Yugi” (2v2 Team) which had 26 teams (52 participants).

Dinomorphia Branded Despia is a new Despia build that is trending recently. The deck runs a small Dinomorphia package consisting of 3 Dinomorphia Therizia, 3 Dinomorphia Frenzy in the Main Deck, and 2 Dinomorphia Stealthbergia, 1 Dinomorphia Kentregina and 1 Dinomorphia Rexterm in the Extra Deck.

Dinomorphia Frenzy is used to Fusion Summon Dinomorphia Kentregina, which would banish Dinomorphia Frenzy from the graveyard and copy the effect to Fusion Summon Dinomorphia Rexterm. Dinomorphia Rexterm ① effect makes the opponent unable to activate effects of monsters they control with ATK more than or equal to your LP.

As Dinomorphia Therizia effect is able to set Dinomorphia Frenzy from deck, all 6 Dinomorphia cards in the Main Deck are starter cards. Branded Despia has 8 starter cards consisting of 3 Aluber the Jester of Despia, 3 Branded Fusion, 2 Branded Opening. Counting in 2 Pot of Prosperity brings the total amount of starters to 16, allowing the deck to consistently make opening plays.



Uron (うろん) went 6-1-1 (excluding 1 bye) and finished 2nd in “1st Lotus Cup” which had 64 participants.

He ran 3 Twin Twisters in the Side Deck. Some Branded decks are running Necroworld Banshee and Zombie World in the Side Deck as a tech against Floowandereeze. Since the opponent is likely to activate Necroworld Banshee effect in a chain against a Floowandereeze monster effect, rendering Twin Twisters a better pick over Lightning Storm in this situation.

Dinomorphia Frenzy and Floowandereeze and the Dreaming Town can only be activated during the Main Phase, Twin Twisters as a Quick-Play Spell could pre-emptively destroy them during the Draw Phase or Standby Phase.



Yoshida (よしだ) went 6-0-1 and finished 1st in “101st Taiyo CS (2v2 Team Tournament)” which had 16 teams (32 participants).

P.U.N.K. Adventurer Tenyi is a new Adventurer Tenyi build that is trending recently. The deck runs a small P.U.N.K. package consisting of 3 Noh-P.U.N.K. Foxy Tune, 1 Noh-P.U.N.K. Ogre Dance, 1 Noh-P.U.N.K. Deer Note, 2 Noh-P.U.N.K. Ze Amin and 2 Emergency Teleport in the Main Deck, while also increasing Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion to 3 and Jet Synchron to 2.

P.U.N.K. package enables the deck to open with Cherubini, Ebon Angel of the Burning Abyss to send Water Enchantress of the Temple to the graveyard, setting up the usual Adventurer board with Wandering Gryphon Rider, before going into the standard Crystron Halqifibrax into Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon combo.



Unagin (ウナギン) went 6-2 and finished 4th in “1st Lotus Cup” which had 64 participants.

Drytron would still prefer to run Forbidden Droplet as they could still use their Drytron effects from the graveyard after sending them for the activation cost, while still allowing them to do damage and potentially going for an OTK. However, Dark Ruler No More would suffice for most decks against the current metagame. For decks that could not afford Forbidden Droplet‘s activation cost, or would not be able to dish out lethal damage within a turn, would prefer to run Dark Ruler No More instead.



The format remains largely the same, with Branded Despia, Floowandereeze, Tenyi and Drytron staying at the top spots.

Signs of the weakened Adventurer package are finally showing as more deck builds are dropping them. Among Branded Despia decks, several players are switching over to a mono Branded Despia build with more Branded cards, or to the Dinomorphia build.

The new booster set Power of the Elements released this weekend is expected to bring a new breath into the metagame.

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17 Responses

  1. tough guy says:

    how can the branded despia always 1st place , they are not really strong

    • Hella Lit says:

      they’re strong enough to be top tier due to the fact mirrorjade is a strong piece of removal for both effects and chimera provides raw power and more destruction on top of ad libitum recurring mirrorjade so you can use it again an the follow up for dumping another albion or abyssal dragon, also branded in red is a really good card

    • Marc says:

      I bet you’ve also asked why a lot of people run DPE.

  2. No_Name says:

    It is nice to see the Forbidden & Limited List represented. Gives perspective.

  3. Deproissant says:

    Is there any particular reason on why Drytron moves away from Herald of Ultimateness to Perfection?

  4. Kurt says:

    I’ve found the 3 HERO decks listed above but none of them were Branded also I didn’t see any Therions. Am I missing something?

  5. Kurt says:

    Also I’ve found 9 Branded Dinomorphia Despia decks (listed 6 above), 1 Branded Dinomorphia is correct though.

  6. vortex says:

    What is the name of the trap in the punk brave tenyi list?

  7. Windyz says:

    Hope to see Exorsister somewhere, now that POTE is out there. Not really meta changing but might be a nice tier 2 contender.

    • Sting says:

      I’d like to tell you Exosister has topped at least 2 tournaments in Japan, no clue if how big the tournaments are tho.

  8. Moon Waltz says:

    Where can I find the branded dragonmaid decklist

  9. Francesco says:

    The P.U.N.K. Tenyi builds lack a lot of hand traps, is it good only when going first?

  10. Tommerz says:

    Where can I see the marincess lists?

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