I literally just woke up from my nap to the best news possible! It's time to be excited about Yu-Gi-Oh again!
We've finally got a fresh round of changes to the Forbidden & Limited List, and with one exception, they come into effect on March 15th! That means the new format will be in place in time for the next round of Remote Duel Invitational Qualifiers on the weekend of March 20th! I actually can't wait for that event now!
Let's talk about the changes.
TRUE KING OF ALL CALAMITIES. FORBIDDEN. Everyone saw it coming. I had some doubt, thinking that maybe Cloudcastle would be banned instead, but thank gosh they're going after the real problem.
True King of All Calamities was just too consistent and easy to make in the current format. Besides Virtual Worlds, any deck with Crystron Halqifibrax combos like Dragon Link, Warrior combo, or even Dinosaurs can make it. Heck even Generaiders could have been decent just because they could eventually make that card if they got deep enough into their plays.
Because True King of All Calamities was so easy to make, it became the number one card you had to play around and plan for. For months now, a big part of competitive deck building just revolved around beating True King of All Calamities, no matter what you were trying to run. It's good to see it Forbidden, and good riddance.
Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL is also forbidden. Personally I didn't see this coming. I didn't think Konami would hit Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL until maybe next format, when they'd realize that without True King of All Calamities, the Numeron package would become the next best thing. But I guess this is also a good chance. Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL finally Forbidden, and I'm glad I got my wins with this card while it was legal.
There are still a couple other "skip your opponent's turn" type cards in the game, like D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga and Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity. But they currently require a bit more effort to set up. Maybe they'll become more relevant as time goes on.
Union Carrier, Forbidden . Hmmmmm ok. I'm kinda glad this is gone. But I do feel bad for those ABC-Dragon Buster players that used Union Carrier to help their engine.
I guess this was inevitable if you really think about it: as long as Union Carrier existed, it was going to limit card design moving forward. Every time a monster card granted an effect when it was equipped, players would try and see how they could splash it into another deck so they could abuse it with Union Carrier.
This ban was also a hit to Drytron, since it was the best deck running Union Carrier besides ABC-Dragon Buster.
Cyber Angel Benten is now Limited! Another hit to the current popular Drytron combos, I'm super glad that Cyber Angel Benten at 1-per-deck. Cyber Angel Benten made a lot of the Drytron minion effects free, since you could power along through multiple copies of Cyber Angel Benten. Being able to search for ANY Fairy-type was also ridiculous. Sorry Cyber Angel players, but this had to be done.
The deck's not down and out: there's more Drytron support product-hover id="231515", chiefly an Xyz with a very powerful effect, called Drytron Mu-Beta Fafnir. Drytrons won't be as crazy as they were before, but they'll still be relevant again once they get their new card.
That's it for the Limited and Forbidden cards in the new format! Nothing was changed in the Semi-Limited ranks, but a lot of cards did come off the list!
Dragon Buster Destruction Sword back to three in reaction to [Union Carrier]] being banned. This card was only Forbidden because players were abusing it with Union Carrier, so it's good that it came back for those Buster Blader players.
We also saw something entirely new - a card slated to be freed from the F&L List, but only after a certain date. That card is the oh-so-popular and formerly super-broken Firewall Dragon. It's getting an errata in the upcoming product-hover id="228256" release, so it won't be legal for play until April 14th. I assume we'll see updated text in Konami's Official Card Database by that time too, to cement the errata.
If Firewall Dragon was at three with its current TCG text, then I'd be going back to my nap.
Another link monster that's gone from Forbidden, to Limited, and is now clear of the list entirely, is The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche. I guess a lot of the Phantom Knight players are glad for the option, though they'd probably still just play one - maybe two at most. I guess this does help their resource game, since without Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, their end board was vulnerable to Evenly Matched. The deck often needed to keep Phantom Knights' Fog Blade up to have a chance at some disruption, and would thus lose The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche. This card probably won't be abused in other decks.
Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier received errata in product-hover id="228253", making Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier effect a hard once-per-turn no matter how many times you re-summon it. Since it's so much harder to abuse with that restriction, it's now back at three.
Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer is also now unlimited. That's a pretty big deal, since it's so easy to Synchro Summon in Pendulum decks, which can also search out a Dracoslayer from your deck. That means potential Dragon-Link strategies with Guardragon Elpy. There's even the classic combo that lets you turn your whole board into each of the Dracoslayers, from the Synchro Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer, to the Xyz Monster Majester Paladin, the Ascending Dracoslayer, and even finding a way to make the Fusion, Dinoster Power, the Mighty Dracoslayer.
It was pretty cool card design, turning your cards into each of those monsters. Let's just hope that Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer doesn't also get an errata when it's reprinted in the upcoming product-hover id="229604".
The last couple of changes see Rank-Up-Magic Argent Chaos Force back to three, because it was only ever played to turbo out Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL I wonder who popularized that one...
And finally True King's Return is back to three as well. Can we please get Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter back to two instead of this, please?! Gahhhh! I'll stop complaining now.
The new format makes me super-duper excited to play Yu-Gi-Oh again!
There are some changes that didn't happen which surprised me, starting with Red-Eyes Fusion and Red-Eyes Insight. Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon is still legal, which I understand is needed. But playing a control deck with the Red-Eyes cards is a pretty popular strategy. Dragoon Subterrors just won the latest Remote Duel Invitational!
Eldlich cards are still at full power too. But besides that, everything seems to be pretty fair. Warrior and Dragon combos are still good, they just can't make True King of All Calamities anymore. I can still play Dinosaurs and Prank-Kids.
Anyways, I gotta go and theorycraft for the next format. I'll see you guys later in remote duels!