Duelists, the time has come for a new ban list. Effective March 1, the Forbidden and Limited Cards List features some distinguishing changes to the current metagame. For those of you who don’t know what this is: every March and September of each year sees the release of an official Forbidden and Limited List, which details what cards are and aren’t allowed, as well as what quantities are permitted, in sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments. Let’s take a look.
Firstly, it must be mentioned that finally, after a few formats of terror, Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier has been banned from tournament play. A card that banishes three cards and does not target, with the ability to be Summoned in several Decks, has been (temporarily?) put out of commission, paving the way for a possible comeback for Mist Wurm. Included in the updated Forbidden List are the Tuner monsters Spore and Glow-Up Bulb, a pair of staple cards for Plant Decks. Without these, Plants have significantly fewer options for late-game play – not to mention the future difficulty of Summoning Formula Synchron, which is commonly played by combining Glow-Up Bulb with a Level 1 monster, usually a Token. Added on the list is Trap Dustshoot, a card that saw play for quite some time as a Limited Trap Card.
Up next is our Limited List. The newest member here is The Agent of Mystery – Earth. A vital card in Agent Decks, this monster is used almost entirely to search out Master Hyperion, though can fetch any Agent monster, including Venus. To join her is the Level 2 Tuner T.G. Striker, which enables rapid Synchro play, as if your opponent is the only player with monsters on the field, you can Special Summon it from your hand, and has the bonus of being able to search another “T.G.” monster if destroyed.
On the Semi-Limited List are Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner; Marshmallon; Reborn Tengu; Emergency Teleport; Level Limit – Area B; Shien’s Smoke Signal; Torrential Tribute; and Ultimate Offering. The most noteworthy of these changes is Tengu, who until now has been unlimited and featured as a strong floater in any Deck. Being limited to two copies will hamper efforts to block a first-turn double strike and thin out the Deck at the same time. This status also increases the risk of even including the Tengu, as if you should topdeck both copies at game start, neither will have a use.
The only card to move off the list is Call of the Haunted, meaning you can now be Graveyard-happy with three copies in your Deck…though since your opponent can run three MST’s, it may not be helpful.
What do you think of this new list? Is it a fresh change to the metagame, or a poop on popular Decks?