OCG 2022.07 Metagame Report #9, #10

Welcome to Week #9, #10 of the OCG 2022.07 format.

This report will tabulate 94 top-performing decks from 15 tournaments that were held in Japan, China Mainland, Hong Kong and South Korea during 27 August – 4 September 2022.


Metagame Breakdown

  • 46 Tearlaments (45 Ishizu Tearlaments, 1 Grass Ishizu Tearlaments)
  • 20 Spright
  • 6 Grass Tearlaments Thunder Dragon P.U.N.K. Bystial
  • 5 Bystial (2 Branded Bystial, 2 Tearlaments Branded Bystial, 1 Dragonmaid Branded Bystial)
  • 3 Bystial Dragon Link
  • 2 Floowandereeze
  • 2 Rikka (1 Ishizu Rikka, 1 Sunavalon Rikka)
  • 1 Adamancipator
  • 1 Danger Dark World
  • 1 Exosister
  • 1 Kashtira
  • 1 Ishizu Naturia
  • 1 Runick
  • 1 Spright Nephthys FTK
  • 1 Spright Tri-Brigade
  • 1 Tri-Brigade Lyrilusc
  • 1 Virtual World



Zhonghui@EK (钟会@EK) finished 2nd in “Duelist Cup 2022 China Mainland” which had 38 participants.

In the final match game 2, Zhonghui made a brilliant play of using Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder to send his set Tearlaments Sulliek and Tearlaments Cryme to the graveyard and activate their effects. Tearlaments Sulliek effect added Tearlaments Scheiren from deck to hand, while Tearlaments Cryme effect returned one of the Tearlaments Kitkallos that was banished by Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries to the Extra Deck. This play brought him back into the game and gave him a chance to mount a comeback.

Tearlaments Scheiren was Special Summoned from hand by sending another copy of Tearlaments Scheiren to the graveyard. The top 3 cards of the deck that were sent to the graveyard effect did not hit Tearlaments Havnis or Tearlaments Merrli. The Tearlaments Scheiren sent to the graveyard allowed him to Fusion Summon for Tearlaments Kitkallos, which he chained with the graveyard effect of Keldo the Sacred Protector to shuffle his Tearlaments Sulliek, Bystial Magnamhut and the opponent’s Tearlaments Scheiren from graveyard back into the deck. Tearlaments Kitkallos on the summon added Tearlaments Sulliek from deck to hand, and he played Terraforming for Primeval Planet Perlereino which in turn added Tearlaments Merrli. He followed up with Tearlaments Kitkallos effect to Special Summon Tearlaments Merrli, sending 5 + 3 cards from top of deck to graveyard. Unfortunately all 8 cards missed Tearlaments Havnis and Tearlaments Merrli completely again, crushing any hopes of a comeback. A recording of the tournament stream is available at 游戏王决斗者杯2022决赛录像20220903.

Perhaps an alternative play he could have made was to hold off the graveyard effect of Keldo the Sacred Protector, and choose to add Tearlaments Scream from deck to hand using Tearlaments Kitkallos effect. Then he would follow up with the same Primeval Planet Perlereino for Tearlaments Merrli play. With Tearlaments Scream in play, he would send 5 + 3 + 3 cards from top of deck to graveyard with the Tearlaments Kitkallos Special Summon Tearlaments Merrli play. Not only does he get to send 3 additional cards from deck to graveyard, his deck is also slightly thinner since he has yet to shuffle Tearlaments Sulliek and Bystial Magnamhut back into the deck with Keldo the Sacred Protector effect. Then if Tearlaments Havnis or Tearlaments Merrli were among the 11 cards sent to the graveyard, he could Fusion Summon Tearlaments Rulkallos or Tearlaments Kaleido-Heart. Since Tearlaments Havnis or Tearlaments Merrli were returned to deck, the effect of Primeval Planet Perlereino could be activated to destroy Tearlaments Scream, and the graveyard effect of Keldo the Sacred Protector could be chained to shuffle Tearlaments Sulliek back into the deck. When Tearlaments Scream is destroyed and sent to the graveyard, its effect could be activated to add Tearlaments Sulliek from deck to hand.

Using Primeval Planet Perlereino to destroy your own Tearlaments Scream and fetch Tearlaments Sulliek is a useful play to keep in mind. Another similar play is using Primeval Planet Perlereino to destroy your own Tearlaments Kaleido-Heart, which would Special Summon itself from the graveyard, and send Tearlaments Scream from deck to graveyard. Then Tearlaments Scream effect could add Tearlaments Sulliek from deck to hand. However, Tearlaments Kaleido-Heart is a DARK Attribute and carries the risk of being banished by the opponent’s Bystial Magnamhut and Bystial Druiswurm.



Caizi (蔡籽) went 11-2-1 and finished 2nd in “China City Tournament Guangzhou 2022” which had 434 participants.

In the final match game 2 , Caizi used Triple Tactics Talent to take control of his opponent’s Predaplant Dragostapelia, which was later used to disable Tearlaments Rulkallos. His opponent still had a full board of monsters, and Spright has no way to clear them all. Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito would have been game, but unfortunately all 3 copies of Spright Jet were sent to the graveyard by the opponent’s Kelbek the Ancient Vanguard and Agido the Ancient Sentinel, resulting in him being short of exactly 1 more monster to perform the Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito OTK. A recording of the tournament stream is available at 游戏王巡回赛2022广州站直播录像 20220827.

This is a common scenario in the match-up against Ishizu Tearlaments when they go off unhindered, generating an incredible amount of card advantage and board presence. Spright has no way to compete in resources and would have to rely on Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito to steal a win.



At the end of the OCG 2022.07 format, Tearlaments remained in the dominating lead across the weeks, maintaining at 40% or more. Spright came in second, but had a fluctuating hold between 16.9% and 26.9%.

The third spot rotated around Exosister, Bystial, Adamancipator, Floowandereeze and the amalgamation Grass Tearlaments Thunder Dragon P.U.N.K. Bystial. But they could not even breakthrough 10%, and posed little threat to Ishizu Tearlaments and Spright.

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8 Responses

  1. lolly says:

    This meta is so stale rn like nothing really new happened.

    But i do think this could still be a healthy meta for meta sheep’s since you only have to prepare for both tear and spright.

  2. Windzy says:

    Don’t worry guyz, the new benlist will be out within 2 weeks. Hope to see big hits on the OCG side.

  3. Miksu says:

    Anyone have the Spright Nepthys FTK list? I couldn’t find it anywhere

  4. Impendio says:

    As someone that has played sky striker every format since release, even without engage, I’m thinking this is officially the end of the deck for good. Current decks are just too strong for basically anything printed before 2021 and that’s pretty sad. Byssted just absolutely destroys so many strats all by itself and it being a free splashable engine on anything forever is just painful, same with bs like Fenrir. Even if they kill every problem card in Tear and Spright I feel like the damage is done and the game won’t recover…

    • Aether says:

      Well to be fair, Striker has long gone and has been unable to compete for long time. The only reason why it made top cut recently is just literally thanks to Mystic Mine. The deck is just a glorified Mystic Mine deck, and will be dead as soon as Mine gets banned.

  5. Autumn says:

    Can someone link that sunavalon rikka deck I can never find them

  6. Kyo says:

    oh wow a swordsoul deck, haven’t seen one of those getting top cut in a while

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