OCG 2022.04 Metagame Report #4

Welcome to Week #4 of the OCG 2022.04 format.

This report will cover 51 top-performing decks from 10 tournaments that were held in Japan and Thailand during 23 – 27 April 2022.

Update: Revised with additional data from “Yu-Gi-Oh! Thai Festival Series – Songkran 2022”.

 

New Product Release

  • 25th Anniversary Ultimate Kaiba Set
    • Attack Guidance Armor
    • Life Shaver
    • Magical Trick Mirror
  • V Jump June 2022 promotional card
    • Aileron
  • Power of the Elements

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 25 Splight (19 Splight, 6 Adventurer Splight)
  • 4 Splight Evil★Twin
  • 2 Adventurer Branded Despia
  • 2 Therion Sky Striker
  • 2 Tri-Brigade (1 Branded Tri-Brigade, 1 Splight Tri-Brigade)
  • 2 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 1 Branded Tearalaments
  • 1 Dragon Link
  • 1 Drytron
  • 1 Eldlich
  • 1 Exosister
  • 1 Floowandereeze
  • 1 Grass Tearalaments Kaiju Invoked Shaddoll
  • 1 Mysterune
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 P.U.N.K. Adamancipator
  • 1 P.U.N.K. Adventurer Tenyi
  • 1 P.U.N.K. Orcust
  • 1 Simorgh Blackwing
  • 1 Tenyi Swordsoul

 

Splight

Splight is a new theme from Power of the Elements and has taken the metagame by storm on debut. This deck is rather consistent as the Level 2 Splight monsters could be Special Summoned from hand while you control a Level 2 monster, allowing the deck to easily start their combo. Gigantic Splight could also Special Summon any Level 2 monsters from deck, while at the same time restricting both players to only Special Summoning Level 2, Rank 2 or Link-2 monsters, effectively blocking out Nibiru, the Primal Being.

The standard opening will setup a Toadally Awesome with Splight Elf to negate opponent’s Spell/Trap card or monster effect twice. Toadally Awesome would send itself to the graveyard for the first negation, then after the opponent summons a monster, Splight Elf would Special Summon Toadally Awesome back from the graveyard for a second negation. Splight Red and Splight Carrot are able to negate monster effect and Spell/Trap effect respectively, providing addition disruptions.

shinra went 7-0 (excluding 1 bye) and finished 1st in “83rd Next Play CS” which had 32 participants.

 

Splight Evil★Twin

Splight Evil★Twin is another deck that leverages on Splight’s power, through the synergy of the Level 2 Live☆Twin monsters and Link-2 Evil★Twin monsters.

The standard opening involves using Artifact Dagda effect to set Artifact Scythe on the field. Then during the opponent’s Main Phase, Evil★Twin Ki-sikil effect would Special Summon Evil★Twin Lil-la from the graveyard. Upon being Special Summoned, Evil★Twin Lil-la effect would destroy Artifact Scythe, triggering its effect to Special Summon itself and then restrict the opponent’s ability to Special Summoning from the Extra Deck.

Gogiga (ゴギガ) went 6-1 and finished 1st in “2nd Nipponbashi Yu-Gi-Oh CS” which had 30 participants.

 

Conclusion

The impact of Power of the Elements on the metagame is obvious from Splight. Splight has overperformed in various tournaments, taking multiple tops, and has become the deck to beat.

In addition to Effect Veiler and Infinite Impermanence, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit has also seen an increase in the Main Deck. When Gigantic Splight activates its ② effect, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit could be chained to destroy it. During the resolution of Gigantic Splight effect, since it is destroyed and is unable to detach 1 Xyz Material from your monster, the following part “Special Summon 1 Level 2 monster from your deck” effect would not resolve.

Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries is also seeing an increase in the Side Deck for the Splight mirror match.

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12 Responses

  1. Fuldrer says:

    which card is the one on the side deck on the splight frog deck besides the link 4 evil twin?

  2. Sy Lam says:

    Et have scythe in main deck fix it

  3. Windyz says:

    Can’t seem to find the Exorsister list.. would love to see the build.

  4. Rike says:

    What happened to Flundereeze ?

  5. Talk about takeover… Glad I restocked Frogs with sushi(p) box. Sucks not seeing a Rikkas taking a seat, but new meta is still early.

  6. kevin says:

    Jesus Christ, if you count the paleo and the live twin versions as the same deck… this is a t0 format

    • Yujin says:

      It definetely looks like it. I´m quite surprised by the very low representation of Tearalaments, I thought those had a decent chance of being a tier 2 or even 1 deck. So far, Splight does looks like a tier 0 deck.

  7. Anon says:

    Funny to see OCG get their own version of Scythe lock in their format LOL. Outside of that, I’m very excited for this upcoming format, it definitely needed this shake-up.

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