One of the clans that was very popular at the beginning of the game, decayed through two seasons, getting crumbs of support from Bushi, has become now, with the new support, one of the most popular again. (Welcome back.)
Even if OTT got a lot of support at the beginning of the game, it started to get more rare and rare until they were reduced to extra boosters and promos support only. (Bushi took a considerable amount of time to release this common 10k attacker).
To make this matter worse, the OTT clan which was used by Misaki Tokura in the beginning of the anime was losing practically all of her fights (with the exception of the decisive ones). And that hasn't changed. In the new arc it was degraded to second-rate clan used causally and of course, losing. But you need to know that that isn't true.
As for the strategy, OTT is the "strategist" of the Cray planet. They exceed in prediction, draw, and defense (oh boy.) which makes this clan very hard to beat (if they would get regular, effective support that is.)
The new support for Oracle Think Tank abuses the basic of the OTT's specs. With this, they have a new thing that I like to name "strategic draw". It works like Battle Sister, Monaka: you look at top x cards and select an y number of cards, add them to your hand an put the rest on the bottom.
Even though the principle isn't new, now it became more effective. As a result you can use it to stack triggers (again, nothing new but more effective) Reaching that stack of triggers will not be that very hard considering the fact that we have grade 4 triple standing behemoths (and I am surprised that OTT has two of them making it possible to play the maximum number of G-Units.)
Many people have started already building OTT decks. Some of them barely include old cards, others barely have new cards. Either way, these decks are much, much better than the old OTT decks which involved more planning than now.
No more babbling about general specs let's get down to business.
1x Godhawk, Ichibyoshi
4x Psychic Bird
4x Paisley Magus
4x Lozenge Magus
4x Goddess of the Crescent Moon, Tsukuyomi
4x Mediator, Amenosagiri
4x Oracle Guardian, Gemini OR Shrine Guard, Tsunagai (both are 8k vanillas.)
3x Battle Sister, Lemonade
4x Goddess of the Half Moon, Tsukuyomi
4x Silent Tom
3x Diviner, Kuroikazuchi
Grade 3: 7
4x Supreme Sky Battle Deity, Susanoo
3x Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi
4x Soaring Auspicious Beast, Qilin
4x Sword Deity of Divine Sound, Takemikazuchi
As you might guessed, the deck involves the full Tsukuyomi chain ride. Even though this chain ride has shift from the main role to a supportive role, the chain ride still plays an important part.
Tsukuyomi chain ride is famous for stacking. With this chain alone, you will send 15 cards at the bottom of your deck. Since you can place them in any order, you can group the triggers which will increase the chances of getting double/triple triggers.
Usually, after I perform the check of Godhawk, Ichibyoshi, I put the triggers last. This way, after you perform the check of Goddess of the Crescent Moon, Tsukuyomi, by sending first the triggers to the bottom and than the others, you will create a more solid stack of triggers.
These chain rides also give some small pluses. If succeed riding from the top 5 of your deck, you will get a +2 or +3 since you will not ride from your deck.
However, your main vanguard is not Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi. As much it hurts me to say, Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi is not what is used to be. Now, she is a sidekick, a "back-up" vanguard whether you like it or not.
The main vanguard is Supreme Sky Battle Deity, Susanoo. He is one of the grade 3 that activates skills when you Stride. He has a GB2 (+5000/ +1 crit when attacks) which is nothing to scoff at but it is not this skill which makes him valuable at. The"break stride" skill is what makes it valuable for this deck, When you Stride over him, by paying a counterblast, you can look at the top two cards, choose one and add it to your hand. Yeah, I know. It looks lame at first, that is what I thought too but in the actual practice, this proofed to be more awesome.
However, this is just a part of the combo involving the OTT Stride units. OTT has two of them (while GC has three already and counting), and probably, we won't see others very soon.
Now, it is your grade 3 turn. Which unit is it to Stride first?. The first unit to Stride would be Soaring Auspicious Beast, Qilin for two reasons.
The first reason is it has an on hit skill. It allows you to look at the top two, add one and put the other on the bottom when the attack hits. So, it is logical to use it ASAP since the attack has a higher chance to hit early rather than lately.
The second reason is Sword Deity of Divine Sound, Takemikazuchi's skill can be activated when you have two or more face-up cards in your G-Zone (not to be confused with Generation Break where the requirement extends to Vanguard Circle but in this case, it doesn't.) Sword Deity of Divine Sound, Takemikazuchi allows you to look at the top four cards, add two to your hand and put the rest at the bottom in any order. The cost of the skill is counterblast two and you turn face-up one copy of Sword Deity of Divine Sound, Takemikazuchi. Since OTT doesn't have anything to return G-Units face down, striding this unit at random is not recommended. The skill can be used maximum of two times since two copies will be reserved for Stride and the other two as a part of the cost.
All the units above help in stacking triggers. Even though Tsukuyomi chain ride is the main engine, the other occasional engines are also welcomed.
The other unit that has GB which comes very handy is Diviner, Kuroikazuchi. By paying a counterblast, you can draw one card when this boosted unit attacks a vanguard. (doesn't matter if the hits or not.) This makes him much more better than Maiden of Libra since this unit attacks needs to hit and the price is counterblast 2. Sure it doesn't have a GB, which makes her viable for early pressure, but in a deck that is heavy counterblast, you cannot use them at rand and recklessly.Before we are going to review the heavy counterblast issue, I will talk about Silent Tom and his best buddies: Oracle Guardian, Gemini and Shrine Guard, Tsunagai.
Silent Tom and his two best buddies: Oracle Guardian, Gemini and Shrine Guard, Tsunagai, (they are 8k vanillas and 4 of these vanillas will be enough) are a must in almost all OTT deck. Combined with Oracle Guardian, Gemin or Shrine Guard, Tsunagai, and mix up with a trigger you make your opponent to lose some hand. It's skill has become more important due to new G Units appearance, Silent Tom and his clones has become more valuable than before.
So the last part is about resolving the issue of counterblast. An efficient unflipper in such is always welcomed since you will not be force to eat damage for just the sake of counterblasts, especially in a deck that is focused on defense rather than attack.
In order to boost their sales, Bushiroad added a new skill to PG. Besides the usual "that unit cannot be hit", if you have a unit with the name of PG untile the of the battle, you can choose one card from the damage zone and unflip it. OTT is one of the first clans to have such unit: Mediator, Amenosagiri. You can still play Battle Sister, Chocolat if you want, but you gotta agree that Mediator, Amenosagiri is much better (sorry Chocolat.)
The main unflipper for the deck Battle Sister, Lemonade. When called, by soulblast two cards, you get to unflip up to two facedown cards from your damage zone. Usually, units with such skill are played at two, but I took a risk to play three of them and it paid off. Since Tsukuyomi gives you a small extra soul and the 6th soul can be achieved by reriding/Psychic Bird , you can use it more than two times Also, playing it at three, increases the chances of getting it at the right. Third thing is that you will not be force to eat damage or call Mediator, Amenosagiri solely for its unflipping skill.
Units that I considered.
These are just some cards that I considered to play (and at one point in my testing, I did but I excluded them eventually.)Divine Sword,Amenomurakumo is the OTT version of the "1+2" when comes to Stride. I had to cut down each of my units by one in my Grade 1 section (except Goddess of the Crescent Moon, Tsukuyomi, of course), just to make some room for it. The deck transformed into a total mess and besides, I seldom used it since when it came to Striding time, I always had a grade 3 when it came to it.
Don't get me wrong. The unit is great and if I would have room for it without cutting something else from grade 1 section, I would put him in the deck.
Tankman Mode Morning, Star is not that great. When called, you return grade 1 or higher unit back to the deck, shuffle it, soulcharge one and unflip one card. I considered it for while because it might come in handy with Tsukuyomi but then I realized one thing: the whole point of the deck is to get a good hand advantage not reduce it. And besided, I have Battle Sister, Lemonade and Mediator, Amenosagiri for this stuff without going, in best case, -1.
Playing Weather Forecaster, Miss_Mist now is a wild gamble, Some people already tried to combine Legion with Stride (no comment on that.) but the majority already moved to Stride (or will move.), making Weather Forecaster, Miss_Mist's invalid as a Sentinel unit without Sentinel text.
Diviner, Shinatsuhiko has a 9k base power he has a GB1: when he attacks a vanguard, he gets +3000 power. When I built the deck it cam down to him and Diviner, Kuroikazuchi. After a small debate and some weird ratio while I worked on it, I decided to go with Diviner, Kuroikazuchi since the deck was a focusing more on defense rather than attack and here any card drawn outside the draw phase counts, Based on that logic, I decided not to go with that.
Also I considered a wider variety of grade 3's instead of Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi but since they won't make an appearance on the field since they would be used as a cost for Stride, I decided that it doesn't really matter so I put Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi to have the full ride chain.