OCG 2024.01 Metagame Report #7

Welcome to Week #7 of the OCG 2024.01 format.

This report tabulates 76 top-performing decks from 15 tournaments that were held in Japan, China Mainland and South Korea during 17 – 21 February 2024.

Metagame Breakdown

  • 15 Sinful Spoils Snake-Eye Fire King
  • 11 Tenpai Dragon
  • 7 Snake-Eye
  • 7 Voiceless Voice
  • 3 Centur-Ion
  • 3 Chimera
  • 3 Floowandereeze
  • 3 Melodious
  • 3 Sinful Spoils Snake-Eye Rescue-ACE
  • 3 Yubel
  • 2 Ice Barrier
  • 2 Labrynth
  • 2 Purrely
  • 2 Runick
  • 1 Branded
  • 1 Grass Sky Striker Sinful Spoils Infernoid
  • 1 HERO
  • 1 Mekk-Knight
  • 1 Mikanko
  • 1 Raidraptor
  • 1 Ragnaraika Traptrix
  • 1 Ritual Beast
  • 1 Salamangreat
  • 1 Sinful Spoils Mikanko Infernoble Knight

Fire King

Tenpai Dragon has become a top contender in the metagame and players are allocating even more cards against them.

Kikinagashi Fucho in the Extra Deck is used when going first against Tenpai Dragon. Kikinagashi Fucho ② effect is a Quick Effect that can be activated during the opponent’s turn to make this card cannot be destroyed by battle, also you take no battle damage from attacks involving this card. Kikinagashi Fucho also has a Continuous Effect that makes it unaffected by other cards’ effects, making it immune to the opponent’s Forbidden Droplet. However, since the no battle damage is only limited to attacks involving Kikinagashi Fucho, then it is still possible for the Tenpai Dragon opponent to remove Kikinagashi Fucho by tributing it to Special Summon a Kaiju monster or Santa Claws to your field, and then proceed with the One-Turn-Kill.

Dimensional Barrier in the Side Deck is also used to declare Synchro Monster and that would also effectively shutdown Tenpai Dragon’s core strategy.

Change of Heart has become a popular tech for the Fire King and Snake-Eye match-up, mainly to take control of the opponent’s Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess.

Kotetsu (こてつ) went 6-1 (excluding 1 bye) and finished 3rd in “11th Dark Law CS” which had 48 participants.

Tenpai Dragon

The Tenpai Dragon core package is rather compact, consisting of just 8 Effect Monsters and 6 Spells, allowing the deck to runs upwards of 17 ‘hand traps’ in the Main Deck.

Way Where There’s a Will is a new Field Spell from Legacy of Destruction and is played to support Set Rotation and Ancient Fairy Dragon. Way Where There’s a Will effect allows the turn player to excavate cards from the top of their Deck up to the number of cards their opponent controls, and if they do, they add 1 excavated card to their hand, then they place the rest and 1 card from their hand on the bottom of the Deck in any order. This is a decently good effect when going second as it allows you to dig for your outs against the opponent’s board, so it is not too bad of a brick when drawn.

Set Rotation requires 2 Field Spells with different names to be played, and is usually used to get Sangen Summoning for yourself, while giving the opponent Way Where There’s a Will. In the Fire King match-up, if the opponent has Fire King Island in their Field Zone, then activating Set Rotation would send their Fire King Island to the graveyard and replace it with the Field Spell that you are giving them. This would trigger Fire King Island effect to destroy all monsters they control.

Similarly, Ancient Fairy Dragon ② effect could only add a Field Spell with a different name than the destroyed Field Spell. In the combo, Ancient Fairy Dragon effect would destroy Sangen Summoning and add Way Where There’s a Will from deck to hand. Later Way Where There’s a Will could be Set in the Field Zone to trigger Ultimaya Tzolkin effect.

Ryugurou (リュグロー) went 5-2 and finished 2nd in “Next Play Cup in Battle Space” which had 32 participants.


Similar to Kikinagashi Fucho, Lyrilusc – Assembled Nightingale in the Extra Deck is used when going first against Tenpai Dragon. Lyrilusc – Assembled Nightingale ③ effect is a Quick Effect that can be activated during the opponent’s turn to makes all “Lyrilusc” monsters you control cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects, also you take no battle damage. Lyrilusc – Assembled Nightingale effect makes you take no battle damage for the turn, even if Lyrilusc – Assembled Nightingale were removed from the field. However, Lyrilusc – Assembled Nightingale is vulnerable to the opponent chaining with Forbidden Droplet to negate its effect.

Anti-Spell Fragrance is also making a return to the Side Deck. Anti-Spell Fragrance could be used against Fire King and Snake-Eye if the opponent is siding in Change of Heart or Triple Tactics Talent. Anti-Spell Fragrance is also useful against Tenpai Dragon as they rely heavily on Sangen Summoning and Sangen Kaimen to pull off their One-Turn-Kill.

Member (メンバー) went 8-0 and finished 1st in “2nd Nanahoshi Cup 2v2 Team Tournament” which had 24 teams (48 participants).

Voiceless Voice

Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon in the Extra Deck is another option that could be Special Summoned by Odd-Eyes Pendulumgraph Dragon effect. Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon ② effect is a Continuous Effect that makes monsters in your opponent’s possession cannot activate their effects during the Battle Phase. This could effectively shutdown Tenpai Dragon from using their Battle Phase gimmick.

Sk went 5-1-1 and finished 2nd in “1923CS 3v3 Team Tournament” which had 25 teams (75 participants).


Tenpai Dragon is now a serious contender. Many players have to prepare more than just Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit in the Side Deck, and are adding in Dimensional Barrier or Anti-Spell Fragrance.

Many Fire King and Snake-Eye players are also cutting Solemn Strike from the Side Deck to run Anti-Spell Fragrance or Solemn Judgment instead.

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5 Responses

  1. Inhaere says:

    Slowly but surely we’re dethroning Snake-Eyes

  2. Flavian says:

    Kaiser Colosseum is HUGE IQ Yugioh.

  3. chupachupbum says:

    What is the otk combo tenpai dragon uses when they used shifter last turn?

    • Akira says:


      1. Normal Summon “Tenpai Dragon Zhongdora”.
      2. Attack with “Tenpai Dragon Zhongdora”. (1500 damage)
      3. “Tenpai Dragon Zhongdora” ② effect, Special Summon “Tenpai Dragon Baidora” from deck.
      4. “Tenpai Dragon Baidora” ① effect, add “Sangen Kaimen” from deck to hand.
      5. Attack with “Tenpai Dragon Baidora”. (1700 damage)
      6. “Tenpai Dragon Zhongdora” ③ effect, “Tenpai Dragon Zhongdora” + “Tenpai Dragon Baidora” → “Sangen Risedragon Bident Dragion”.
      7. Attack with “Sangen Risedragon Bident Dragion”. (2600 damage)
      8. Activate “Sangen Kaimen”, add” Tenpai Dragon Baidora” from deck to hand, and Special Summon it from hand.
      9. Attack with “Tenpai Dragon Baidora”. (1700 damage)
      10. “Tenpai Dragon Baidora” ③ effect, “Sangen Risedragon Bident Dragion” + “Tenpai Dragon Baidora” → “Sangen Superdragon Transcend Dragion”.
      11. Attack with “Sangen Superdragon Transcend Dragion”. (3000 damage)

      1500 + 1700 + 2600 + 1700 + 3000 = 10500 damage

  4. Orochi says:

    Kaiser Colosseum needs to be banned asap

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