One Piece Card Game Meta Report: OP-05.5 – February 11, 2024

A trip through all the relevant tournaments of the last two weeks in the company of Bohe. Discover the best lists of each leader and the changes in this meta report from the second week of February.

OP05 begins its transformation to OP05.5. The release of the ST11 Uta is already giving people plenty to talk about.

You only need to look at what has happened to the price of OP02-036-nami to realize the relevance that the most recent starter has had.

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What happens with this card is that it is a fundamental piece of the FILM core. However, curiously it does not come in ST11. Certainly, Uta's starter is consistent enough to have relevance in the meta. Simply adding Nami is enough to put her competing at the highest level.

But hey, we are not here today to talk about the prices of the cards (I will leave that for the new column on the page that you will soon see published). We are here to talk about the meta of the tournaments of the last few days and the movements in the tier list that these results led me to make. We've seen the Oceania Finals, LATAM Finals, Play!TCG's February Treasure Cup, and Egman's ST11 Uta Legal Double Win-A-Box take place during this time.

The key point in all of this is that one of the events that are part of today's article already allowed players to participate with Uta, so for this writing, we will take the meta with this addition in mind.

Tier List Details

In the Tier list we will separate the archetypes into three tiers:

  • Tier 1: The most dominant decks of the moment. This implies the percentage of victories, presence in the meta, and favorable games.
  • Tier 2: These will be solid decks with a relevant presence in the meta. A good pilot will probably be able to play one of these archetypes and have a good result in a competitive event. They usually have at least one difficult match against the rest of the archetypes.
  • Tier 3: In last place, we find decks with little presence, but enough to be considered. In addition to their low popularity, they are decks that present two or more complicated matchups against the meta. This prevents them until the release of additional support or a meta shift from standing out. However, players who dedicate themselves to mastering these archetypes usually have the opportunity to obtain good results.

This meta-report will go over:

  • Top 16 Oceania Finals.
  • Top 16 LATAM Finals Just available info.
  • Top 16 Play! TCG's February Treasure Cup.
  • Top 16 Egman's ST11 Uta Legal Double Win-A-Box.

We will review at least one list of each archetype represented in this cut.

Meta Overview

Things would seem not to have changed much. However, I think it is important to point out that on this occasion in this manual tier list since we have an automated one that collects results and arranges by % and adds lists here I have placed the leaders in order of relevance, from left to right in each tier.

This means that after OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174 incredible results in Oceania and LATAM I still don't have all the LATAM decklists to make the leaders breakdown, it seems to me that it is positioned slightly above its tier 2 contenders. We know that in Japan it disappeared from the meta shortly. little by little since the beginning of OP06. Only time will tell what happens with this leader in the West. He could well be the "New Edward" and remain in a high tier for 2 or 3 seasons even if he had disappeared in Japan.

In addition to this, I have added ST11-001-uta to the center of Tier 2 because it seems to me to be better in the current meta than the Tier 3 decks but I think we need more data to know if it can compete with the Big Three.

Finally, I think it is important to point out OP02-001-edwardnewgate-851's move, leaving OP03-099-charlotte-katakuri-284 as the last Tier 2 archetype. Little by little it seems that people are regaining trust with the great White Beard and the popularity he used to have in the West seems to be slowly recovering.

For its part, OP03-099-charlotte-katakuri-284 is certainly a great deck, however, every time there are large tournaments, time and again it's noticeable how it falls short in the final instances. As if this seems that the longer the tournament, the less Katakuri we will see at the top.

Top 16 Leaders Oceania Finals

LATAM Finals preliminary info

  • 1st Place OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174
  • 2nd Place OP05-098-enel-426
  • 5th Place OP05-041-sakazuki-374
  • 9th Place OP05-041-sakazuki-374
  • 12th Place OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174

Top 16 Leaders Play!TCG's February Treasure Cup

  • 7 OP05-041-sakazuki-374
  • 6 OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174
  • 2 OP05-098-enel-426
  • 1 OP01-001-roronoa-zoro-924

Top 16 Egman's ST11 Uta Legal Double Win-A-Box

  • 6 OP05-041-sakazuki-374
  • 5 OP05-098-enel-426
  • 2 ST11-001-uta
  • 1 OP01-001-roronoa-zoro-924
  • 1 OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174
  • 1 OP03-099-charlotte-katakuri-284

- Data from 🥚egmanevents.com

Combined Top 16 Breakdown

  • 21 OP05-041-sakazuki-374
  • 11 OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174
  • 9 OP05-098-enel-426
  • 2 OP01-001-roronoa-zoro-924
  • 2 ST11-001-uta
  • 2 OP02-001-edwardnewgate-851
  • 1 OP03-099-charlotte-katakuri-284

Tier List

TierLeaders
Tier 1OP05-041-sakazuki-374
Tier 2OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174
OP05-098-enel-426
OP01-001-roronoa-zoro-924
ST11-001-uta
OP02-001-edwardnewgate-851
OP03-099-charlotte-katakuri-284
Tier 3ST10-002-monkeydluffy
OP03-040-nami-529
OP01-002-trafalgar-law-269

Tier 1

Sakazuki

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3 tournaments and despite being the most played archetype in each of them, Sakazuki spent the last two weekends without being able to take the final victory.

Of course, this does not detract from the deck's capacity and does not put it at risk of falling in position. It continues to be the archetype with the greatest representation in final instances and the one with the greatest consistency among all the options.

Minqi Huan managed to reach the last game in the Oceania Finals, at which point he lost to Allen Lu's Monkey.

The single copy of OP05-081-one-legged-toy-soldier in Minqi's list catches my attention. It's a card that I have been keeping an eye on for a few weeks and that I think little by little it may begin to become more relevant in the competitive environment.

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Tier 2

PLuffy

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Make way for the future king of the pirates! Without a doubt the deck that won everything in the last 15 days. First place in the Oceania finals and the LATAM finals. First place in the Treasure Cup and 3rd place in the Egman's tournament.

PLuffy goes through a curious situation. There are some adept players of the archetype who consider this deck capable of anything despite its simplicity. A few others do not give him merit and look at him as the ugly duckling of the Big Three.

Whatever the case, no one can take away what has been achieved in recent days. From now on it's up to PLuffy's main players to decide the future of the archetype. It can be lost in oblivion at the start of the OP06 meta as happened in Japan; or, it could be the new OP02-001-edwardnewgate-851 case and be a constant in the competitive game in the West. The answer is a matter of time.

Despite not having the complete data of the LATAM finals, this event happened on the same weekend as the Oceania event and is part of this report. I'm sharing with you the list of Felipe, the winner of the event.

I have already analyzed it in depth in our PLuffy guide, however, it's important to note once again the quad OP02-085-magellan-343, the individual copies of OP01-117-sheeps-horn, and OP05-119-monkeydluffy.

Some people choose to play OP04-064-ms-all-sunday, which is not incorrect, but playing the 4 OP02-085-magellan-343 makes a brutal difference against Yellow. Felipe's singletons are tremendously important to improve even slightly in the match against Sakazuki.

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To read more in deep about PLuffy and the differences between both 1st place lists from LATAM and Oceania, I leave you down here a link to our PLuffy Guide.

Enel

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If we talk about the Oceania tournament, Enel did not manage to place in the top 8. However, in the rest of the tournaments, it had at least one copy in the top 4 and lost the final in the LATAM tournament. This undoubtedly speaks of solidity.

And this solidity that I speak of is maintained over time. Even in the Japanese OP06 meta, Enel is still very present, staying neck and neck with Sakazuki and Moria. Without a doubt an archetype designed to withstand wear and tear, both within games and with the passing of collections.

I share with you the most successful list in my opinion of these events, that of Andrés Ramírez, 2nd place in the LATAM finals. Certainly a standard build in general terms, however, there are things to point out.

Firstly, the fact that OP05-104-conis is gradually positioning itself as a staple in the archetype, rather than as an option. It seems little by little the ST07-007-charlotte-brulee is beginning to be displaced, although it is undoubtedly a great card.

In addition to this, I think it is important to note the presence of two ST07-003-charlotte-katakuri Rush. It's known that characters capable of hitting the same turn in which they come into play are problematic for Sakazuki and slightly improving the matchup does not hurt.

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Zoro

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The only archetype with a perfect score (7-0) in the Egman's tournament was Zoro. I had already mentioned them in last week's report. Few saw Zoro as a real candidate, but the more tournaments we analize the more Zoro demonstrate that his favorable games against OP05-041-sakazuki-374 and OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174 make him a viable option. Those who consider him beforehand usually see the choice rewarded with good results.

And the truth is that although Zoro's conventional builds have a fairly favorable game against PLuffy and quite good against Sakazuki, some of Garret Farrington's choices make the match against OP05-098-enel-426 a little less problematic.

The large number of events is a sign of this. ST01-016-diable-jambe does an excellent job against all those blockers that Purple and Yellow try to use to stabilize the game. OP05-019-fire-fist can nail powerful 2x1s at key moments of the game since, in addition to the -4K, it can take cards like OP05-104-conis or OP03-116-shirahoshi off the board, which are already a centerpiece in Enel's deck. ST01-015-gum-gum-jet-pistol singleton is just as important to remove that one character that becomes problematic for the final attack.

Cutting OP04-007-sanji down can be a tough decision, but opening up space for 1 P-013-gordon and 1 OP01-013-sanji helps us push those final hits when the opponent's characters start to get too big. In addition to this, little by little we began to notice the return of the previously banned OP03-013-marco. Although it does not seem 100% mandatory to me, is extremely good on curve.

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Uta

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The newest member of these reports and tier list. Uta has arrived with force and is positioned as an easy deck to put together in general terms (beyond getting the Nami) to start participating in competitive tournaments. Well, at least while it is still possible to get the ST11 in the LGS.

The great advantage of this deck is its consistency. Even in the version that achieved second place in the Egman's tournament with an incredible result of 6-1, the vast majority of the characters are still of the FILM type, which makes drawing an extra card per turn thanks to Uta's ability is something practically guaranteed.

The improvements to the starter made by Eric Trochez make a lot of sense. 2 OP04-032-baby-5, 2 P-029-bartolomeo, 4 OP01-033-izo, and 4 OP04-031-donquixote-doflamingo . With this, the deck strengthens its advantages, making it even easier to have control over which leader or character is rested or not.

Thanks to this and the fact that putting 2 characters on the field per turn thanks to OP02-040-brook and OP02-041-monkeydluffy-322, it's easy to complicate the opponent's decisions while at the same time gaining a lot tempo.

I think that the deck has a future and little by little it will become popular in the West, probably being somewhat more popular than in Japan.

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White Beard

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Apparently our Oceanian nakamas have a similar esteem for Whitebeard. Last week I asked you, dear readers, whether we would be at the time when Edward returns to his former glories.

While it's not easy, the way Leon Chan set up the deck seems to be somewhat more suitable for the current OP05 meta. Ryan Aquilina, another Oceania player, came in at 16th with a more conventional build with the Izo, Marco, and Marco sets making it clear that it's still viable, but Leon's approach makes the deck much more aggressive and resemble Zoro's builds, which makes it a less complicated matchup against Sakazuki.

4 OP02-008-jozu, 3 OP01-025-roronoa-zoro-649, 4 ST01-012-monkeydluffy-938, 4 ST10-004-sanji, and 3 OP02-013-portgasdace, all with Rush or the possibility of having Rush. This is an approach that can break many decks in half by playing on curve and at high speed, improving the match against OP05-041-sakazuki-374 and offsetting the pressure to finish the game quickly that Edward's ability puts on us. The P-022-monkeydluffy playset is also notable. A 6K vanilla but that undoubtedly maintains the pressure with a relevant bodys while played on curve.

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Katakuri

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Katakuri's case is curious. Of all the tournaments in this report (unrelated to the missing data from the LATAM finals), only one Katakuri player managed to reach the final stages.

Jin Kim placed 14th in the oceania finals with this archetype. His build is very focused on the late game. It seems like a correct approach to me since this strengthens him in some relevant matchups and makes it quite difficult to beat him if we reach these instances.

It has 10 big characters. Quad ST07-010-charlotte-linlin, double OP03-123-charlotte-katakuri, and the complete OP03-114-charlotte-linlin playset. Undoubtedly somewhat greedy, but it has apparently rewarded him with a good result.

Kata's situation makes it seem like he will be losing popularity on the way to OP05.5. However, it doesn't mean we'll stop seeing it anytime soon. We have already seen that in the OP06 meta in Japan it has considerable popularity and that it can remain strong in games against OP06-080-gecko-moria-parallel, OP06-042-vinsmoke-reiju-parallel and OP06-022-yamato-parallel.

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Tier 3

R/B Luffy

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Unless the missing results from the LATAM finals say otherwise, no R/B Luffy player managed to place in the top 16 of any relevant tournament in the last two weeks.

This does not mean that the deck is bad per se, however I think that having a difficult match against OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174, a leader who has dominated the last two weeks, means that this archetype has logically been left behind.

Now, as I mentioned last week, it's a deck with a certainly favorable match against OP05-041-sakazuki-374, and its match against OP05-098-enel-426 seems somewhat even to me in one way or another. This makes it not a crazy choice. The ideal would be to opt for a build that can defend itself in the early game so that decks like OP01-001-roronoa-zoro-924 or OP01-002-trafalgar-law-269 don't overtake us quickly.

In the absence of a list in recent weeks, I believe that the best list of the archetype remains that of Victor Pham, who achieved fourth place in the North American finals.

Victor's roster has a monster late game with four OP02-004-edwardnewgate-511 and triple OP05-119-monkeydluffy and a pretty strong jump from early to mid-game thanks to a good spread between characters with Rush and blockers which gives him pressure against OP05-041-sakazuki-374, and good defense against the aggression that OP01-001-roronoa-zoro-924 and OP01-002-trafalgar-law-269 can exert making these matches less complicated. Without a doubt the strongest list from this leader that I have seen.

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Nami

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The 3 leaders of the Low Tier did not have appearances in the top 16 of the tournaments in this report. The missing data from the LATAM finals could surprise us, but until that happens ST10-002-monkeydluffy, OP03-040-nami-529, and OP01-002-trafalgar-law-269 spent these two weeks off the podiums.

Something similar happens to Nami to R/B Luffy. This archetype's strategy revolves around taking advantage when the metagame consists of slow decks. OP01-001-roronoa-zoro-924 is extremely complicated for the deck. This last leader seems to me to be on the rise, which makes it difficult for Nami to want to take advantage of playing against OP05-041-sakazuki-374. [cards]OP05-060-monkeydluffy-174[/card reaches 10 Don!! extremely fast, making it a difficult snowball to control.

Instead of sharing with you the same list from last week that came in 37th place in the North American finals, I will go back a few days and use as a reference the list of Ramtin S. that achieved top 8 in the European finals. I think it is without a doubt Nami's best list currently. Tremendously consistent, playing 4 of all the important cards which gives it a lot of redundancy and maintaining the central idea without many tech changes.

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R/G Law

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We ended up with the deck that would probably be the best aggro deck in the game if it weren't for the existence of OP05-093-rob-lucci.

I stand by my point from last week. This deck refuses to die. Like many combo decks in almost any card game, this deck and Nami in some way or another can crush any tournament when they go unexpected. The multiple synergies and pirouettes it can achieve thanks to OP01-047-trafalgar-law-753, OP02-010-dogura and the leader can surprise more than one. It's undoubtedly a deck with a very very high skill ceiling and very difficult to play at the highest level. I think that learning how to play [card]OP01-002-trafalgar-law-269 can undoubtedly make you a better One Piece TCG player. Nechemia Goldman list is proof that the archetype can play a good role in the right hands. This is the actual best R/G list and it achieves the 61st place in the NA finals. An almost 2K players tournament. A big achievement indeed!

Hope OP07 bring a Red or Green answer to Lucci. If that happens the archetype could have a new chance to shine.

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Ending

I am grateful to have the opportunity to write these meta reports for you, dear Nakamas. I am doing my best to make onepiece.gg the BEST site about this fun and challenging game for all of us.

There have been a lot of tournaments and data, but I think that encompassing the last four weeks in a single report brings us up to date and allows us to look at a broader perspective of the current state of the metagame. I hope this work is helpful for your future trips to the Grand Line!

Uta arrived in force, and Edward Newgate is ready to die on his feet. PLuffy has pushed aside the other Big Three these past two weeks. I look forward to the next report so I can analyze the tournaments to come and see what happens in this fierce battle at Marine Ford or at least that's what it seems to me, haha.

Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts on this and any other One Piece TCG-related topics in the comment section of this article and on my Twitter. I would love to read all your feedback and do my best effort to keep up the good work!

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