A few hours ago I made speculations based on the recent World Championships as to what would happen on the next tcg banlist. I didn’t expect said list to literally get posted a few hours afterwards @_@
Here’s my initial review and thoughts:
Performapal Monkeyboard: We all saw this hit coming. Monkeyboard is a 1-card pendulum scale, which is something Konami keeps learning (See Qliphort Scout and Pendulum Call) is really really bad, because consistent pendulum summoning is actually just unfair. As Monkeyboard was already hit this was hit was all but assured.
Kaiser Coliseum: Ok, I never would’ve expected this hit. Kaiser Coliseum is an unfair card. It’s a one-sided floodgate with no drawbacks. That being said. This card shows up literally once a year in a janky stun deck at best. While Kaiser is perhaps the easiest lockdown card ever printed and arguably does deserve a hit… I really just can’t see why and now to be honest.
Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss: B.A. has to die. Cir + Dante is strongest 2-card loop possibly in the game. I hope Cir to 1 actually hinders that, but I highly doubt it.
Ehther, the Heavenly Monarch: Well… I didn’t see this coming. Ehther is actually the best monarch as she gets you Kuraz which is one of the strongest plays in every monarch variant. Furthermore, Ehther also opens up disgusting Stormforth plays on the opponent’s turn that were both too strong and too confusing to follow. Good hit Konami.
Kozmo Dark Destroyer: Yes…yes….yes!!! This is the hit I wanted to Kozmo. Yes Tincan provides unfair amounts of value and yes Kozmotown searches anything, adds back all the monsters and provides mulligans…. Ok maybe they both needed to go too, but Dark Destroyer is one that actually kills you. This 3000 attack essentially hexproof beater was the bane of every player not running Kaiju/Cyber Dragons. Dark Destroyer is the poster child of powercreep in Yugioh. I’m so happy to see it finally restricted.
Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin: You know I wrote literally a few hours about why I hated this card and wanted it hit. Honestly, with Majespecter Raccoon Bunbuku still at 3, this hit probably means nothing, but I appreciate the thought as this card is way too strong.
Beatrice, The Lady of the Eternal: Now this I don’t like. Dante is still at 3. Yes, Beatrice is a problem card. She’s pretty much just Lavalval Chain that’s harder to make outside of its archetype. However, Dante at 3 means Burning Abyss lives to be meta for another format. As a bitter Nekroz, Satellarknight and Shaddoll player I somewhat loathe that only one of the decks from September 2014 is still meta to this day and that it’s not one of the aforementioned ones. Anyway, this at least hurts the deck quite a bit.
Emergency Teleport: RIP any deck using this OTHER THAN KOZMO. This is toolbox for more cards than I or anyone else cares to count. It’s a very strong card that I can understand going to one. Also in case it wasn’t already obvious this hit only occurred thanks to Kozmo.
Pantheism of the Monarchs: A friend I respect as a duelist once said “This card is a slap in the face to fair card design.” He was very right. This card is Destiny Draw with more a search effect that’s actually not fair at all. You can just reveal 3 copies of Tenacity to get whatever you actually want anyway. No complaints here, RIP Monarchs.
Pendulum Call: Most likely limited for the same reason as Monkeyboard. It’s not as powerful a 1-card pendulum scale, but if konami is just killing them all then there’s no reason for P-call to be spared.
The Monarch’s Stormforth…
This is the best hit in ages. This card is actually one of the most degenerate cards in the game. I don’t think I need to go into detail and also I’m way too tired to even try, but I think the fact that Stormforth doesn’t target nor have a real downside is all the reason needed to hit it. That being said RIP monarchs I’m sure many a budget player and many a high roller are crying right now.
Maxx “C”: I have no clue how to feel about this. Maxx C feels like one of the few cards in Yugioh (the whole game) that allows for fair player interaction. If you want to establish a huge board, then the least you can do is give me a few cards in exchange. Or you can simply stop and pray to go off next turn. I don’t think there was anything unhealthy about that. I also remember from painful experiences all of the times I’ve had to set Maxx C due to bricking, poor match-ups or drawing multiples. This hit is probably fine.
Thunder King Rai-Oh: I never thought I’d see this card at 2. This card stands against literally everything modern yugioh has become (searching cards and inherent summons from the extra deck). I’m very happy to see Thunder King return.
Wind-Up Magician: Konami please ban Wind-Up Hunter and the unlimit the rest of these things. I don’t know anything about Wind-Ups other than you discard your opponent’s whole hand turn 1 with Hunter. So it stands to reason then that Hunter should be banned right? Nah, we’ll ban all of the generic good cards instead…
No Longer Restricted:
Thousand Eyes Restrict: Hurrah
Allure of Darkness: Well that’s foreboding.
Gold Sarcophagus: I’m not sure this needed a hit after the Dragon Rulers were banned unless I’m missing something. If you can stash your combo piece and then survive 2 turns to get it in this day and age you deserve it along with a medal.
And that’s the whole list.
Thoughts before I pass out? Well this list shakes up the format, but also leaves alot intact. Burning Abyss and its variants are far from dead. Kozmo and Monarchs are however dead and likely buried. Blue Eyes decks and Card of Demise Variants are looking to be very strong in the coming format.
Thanks for reading as usual.