The reason why Pure Zoodiac has better performance than True Draco Zoodiac and Kaiju Zoodiac in higher-scale tournament #Yu-Gi-Oh!

So, it’s my first post to discuss about Yu-Gi-Oh! meta-game stuff. Meta-game means the competitive-level of the game, the highest-level competition of this game.

Zoodiac has been dominating the game since it was released, because of how really good the deck is, consistency, power, lock, Zoodiac has it all and that’s the reason why it’s the best deck. Since MACR released, Zoodiac has 3 popular variants, which are Pure, Kaiju and True Draco. Pure Zoodiac has the biggest number in mostly big-scale tournament (like YCS and WCQ) from Norden-format until now (Post-NordenBanned), and now I want to discuss why Pure Zoodiac has the biggest number in most tournament.

Pure Zoodiac

True Draco Zoodiac

Kaiju Zoodiac

The concept of Zoodiac-format is ‘don’t let your opponent play, even with only 1 play and don’t let your opponent make you can’t play’ you can see almost every people play 7+ Hand Traps, Four Solemn, and Triple D-Barrier right now, the reason ? It’s obviously to stop opponent from doing a play, because Zoodiac deck needs only 1 card to make a good board, so you must do everything you can to stop opponent from doing a play and to stop the card which let them open the play.


  • Maxx “C” to stop them completely or still play but let you gaining the advantage and momentum.
  • Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit to stop something like Zoodiac Rat, Zoodiac Thoroughblade, Zoodiac Tigermortar, and Zoodiac Barrage.
  • Ash Blossom and Joyous Spring to stop Fire-Formation Tenki, Zoodiac Barrage.
  • Flying “C” to stop them completely to play if they don’t have something to play it around (Ex : Zoodiac Barrage, Forbidden Chalice, Dragonic Diagram).
  • Solemn Cards (esp. Warning, Strike, and Scolding) to stop their attempt to play.
  • Dimensional Barrier to shutting them down completely for the whole 1 turn.

You also must do everything to make some play in your turn, that’s why people starting to main-decking many board-wipes, Shuffle Reborn & Soul Charge, My Body as a Shield, and also Enemy Controller


  • Raigeki and Dark Hole to clear the board (esp. for Zoodiac Drident)
  • Shuffle Reborn and Soul Charge to make more option to your play, because most times Normal Summon Zoo monster and Zoodiac Barrage isn’t enough if you’re going second.
  • My Body as a Shield to protect your monster from Zoodiac Drident and board-wipe like Raigeki and Dark Hole.
  • Enemy Controller to bait your opponent’s Drident and take theirs to make some play.

So you need to use all of these card above to support your play. But, in True Draco and Kaiju variants, these card’s slot will be used by their engine, that’s why people decide to just focus with Zoodiac’s play instead of sacrifice the slot to make the bigger plays, because if you can play with your Zoodiac card, you already ahead in the game.

and now I will tell you why True Draco and Kaiju ones variants is inferior to the pure one~

True Draco Zoodiac,

  • Need 2 cards to start their Draco-Engine or Zephyros-engine with RaidRaptors Force Strix to make engine start which can be disturbed easily by hand-traps.
  • Draco-cards make the deck less-consistent than the Pure one because when you draw it without Dragonic Diagram, it’s useless. Dragonic Diagram is the only Draco-cards you only want to draw.
  • If you have to draw Draco-cards, sometime it’s better for you to just have disturbing-card (Ex : hand-traps, and trap-cards) or protector-card (Ex : My body as a shield, and backrow-removal) because you need two-cards to make Draco-Engine start (2 Diagram, or Diagram & 1 Draco-cards).

Kaiju Zoodiac,

  • Kaiju doesn’t stop your opponent’s play, and it’s not that good unless you get MasterPeace to get rid of.
  • Slumber can negated by Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring that make Dark Hole is a safer card.
  • When you give your opponent the Kaiju, you always get rid of them by activating Zoodiac Drident’s effect, but it’s not effective anymore because sometimes you need to use Drident’s effect to destroy Zoodiac Ram Ram to make Daigusto Emeral.

Pure Zoodiac doesn’t have the problems above which is safer to run for higher-scale tournament.

But, that’s just the reason why these 2 variants is inferior to the Pure one. There’s also some good reason why True Draco and Kaiju variant is a better choice, but maybe in different meta.

True Draco Zoodiac is better if the tournament that you’re going to attend has various meta (not Zoo-oriented) because most deck will have hard time facing MasterPeace.

Kaiju Zoodiac is better if the meta is True Draco Demise or True Draco variants, because you can easily get rid of MasterPeace with Kaiju.

So, in the end, it depends on meta in the tournament that you’re going to attend, but most higher-scale tournament will play Zoodiac because it’s the safest choice if you want to win, it’s the most consistent deck between these 3 variants. Consistency is the key to win the whole tournament.

This is just my personal opinion honestly, I’m just a no-name player who like this game, so maybe my opinion doesn’t mean a lot even though I still want to share it and know what people think about my point of view.

I would love to see other people’s point of view in this meta-game, so if you feel like it, comment your thoughts, thanks!



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