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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Level Limit Area B

All face-up Level 4 or higher monsters on the field are changed to Defense Position and remain in Defense Position as long as this card is active.

Card Number - DR2-EN205

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.00
Advanced: 2.50 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 is average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - April 6, 2012

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Level Limit Area B...can you imagine a Stall Deck (or any Deck) that had the nerve to run three of this, three Gravity Bind, three Messenger of Peace, throw in a triple threat of Fire Princess and just burned the hell out of you? Even with three Mystical Space Typhoon AND Heavy Storm, that's nine cards you're running versus the three of the opponent's. The fun thing too about this being a Magic card is that Jinzo (or Royal Decree) can't do squat to it, while vulnerable to the cards stated prior and Monster effects (as nearly all cards are) this is in my opinion one of the best, if not the best, Stall cards in the game. All it takes is good showing at SJC using this and the other Stall and/or Burn cards mentioned to get them back on the list. I challenge you!


Fire Princess Stall/Burn: 5/5

Elsewhere: 3/5 You're not very likely to see it, ever, but a copy or two could really ruin your opponent's day. It needs its own Deck, even outside Fire Princess, but can be a LOT of trouble.

Art: 4/5

John Rocha

Level Limit – Area B, even at two, is not as good of card as it used to be. Xyz monsters have all but made this card obsolete. It used to be that you could play this card and stall, or play level 3 monsters that could attack directly or gain attack to become bigger that your opponents monsters. With Xyz summoning all the rage now, there simply is no place in the game for Level Limit – Area B. The only question that remains is why not just take it off the list all together? With MST at 3, Heavy storm, and all of the blow up power we have in the game today, Area B gets a D-. Sorry folks, but no one is playing this card and for good reason.
Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5


It's the last day of the week and we're looking at a real oldie here, Level Limit - Area B. A spell card of the continuous flavor, LLAB has a lot of uses. Stall was its original purpose as it turns all level four and higher monsters into defense mode and they stay there as long as this card is active. It was also seen in Exodia decks as it stopped a lot of monsters from attacking long enough to gather the five pieces needed. Also Xyz monsters laugh at this card, as Xyz monsters have rank, not levels. While this card is at two right now, it's still a 3 Space, 1 Heavy format, making it a little harder to play. But it still has plenty of use and might catch a few players off guard in this format, even though there's a lot of level 3 and lower monster being played more often these days.

Traditional: 1.5
Advanced: 2.5

Angelic Nightmare

And today we finish the newly semi-limited card week, aside from Moday’s CotD. Today we have

Level Limit-Area B
“All face-up Level 4 or higher monsters on the field are in Defense Position while this card is active.”

Having this card back at two is great news to all stall decks, but it is nowhere near as good as it used to be. Does anyone know the reason? XYZ Monster….. of course, because they are considered ranks, not levels. Regardless of that fact, a lot of the best XYZ require level 3 monsters: Wind-Up Zenmaines, Acid Golem, Levi-air, etc. so there aren’t too many meta decks running level four monsters outside of Dark World, Six Samurai, and Dino Rabbits.

Pros: Somewhat of a stall.
Cons: XYZ will run right through it.
Advanced: 2/5
Traditional: 2/5

Level Limit - Area B
Continuous Spell
"All face-up Level 4 or higher monsters on the field are in Defense Position while this card is active."
Yet another card that's now playable at 2 per deck and the last card review of the week. LLAB is another throwback to a baygone area (yes, at 39, I'm old enough to get away with using that phrase) and is a card I haven't seen played very much these days.
LL-AB can shut down most monsters run by players... Except for the nasty little fact that XYZ monsters are completely unaffected by this card. As they have Ranks instead of Levels, XYZs act like this card doesn't exist. Another pitful is the prevalent S/T hate that's legal, so keeping this card active is a major challenge. If you can keep it going, LL-AB is a great control card, but I feel that MST needs restricting again before this card becomes viable again.
A great effect, but too vulnerable to removal to be a competative card in the current format.
Traditional: 2.5
Advanced: 3


And here we have yet another card that we'd thought would never get moved up from Limited, another card that my Final Countdown Deck appreciates...

Level Limit is definitely more powerful than Gravity Bind. I really like Gravity Bind's surprise factor in remaining facedown until you really need it, but surprise factor has nothing against the physical manipulation you get from toying with battle positions. This becomes especially important when Dark Armed Dragon, Caius the Shadow Monarch, or Judgment Dragon is made vulnerable even after they destroy this. Additionally, Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, is hopeless against this card. Also, Jinzo is leagues more popular than Spell Cancellor or Horus the Black Flame Dragon.

What I always rage about is how Messenger of Peace never got the same restrictions as Level Limit has. It is far more common to have low-Level monsters with good ATK than high-Level monsters with paltry ATK! I mean, yeah, Level Limit trolls opponent monsters that have weak DEF, but, but, but....

Anyway, this card has lost a lot of its popularity over the years. 3 MST and Heavy Storm aren't kind to Continuous cards, either. Furthermore, Level 3 monsters are not as rare as they were a few years back. With that in mind, Level Limit (but never before Gravity Bind) tends to be one of the first cards I kick out while side-decking. I keep it in the Main Deck and don't side it out often, though, as, like Marshmallon, it can completely cripple certain decks, such as Gladiator Beasts.

Oh yeah, and about the Trap/Spell destruction vulnerability thing... I got any of Battle Fader, Marshmallon, Threatening Roar, or Waboku to protect me once that happens, and chances are I have my second Level Limit ready to go in my Hand. In my experience, it's not that big a deal.

Niche Decks: Stall (includes any of Final Countdown, Exodia, Mill), Low-Level (includes Normal Decks), Xyz Swarm

Traditional: 1/5 (ahahahahahaha)

Advanced: 2.6/5

Comparison to last format: Good answer to BLS is good, but it won't stop him from blasting your monsters one-by-one to the Shadow Realm, which is why I actually run BLS in Final Countdown. Lately, Level 3 monsters have had increasingly high standards for their ATK scores (all of the Inzektor's notable plays involve Level 3 monsters or Xyzs, but the fun thing is that Inzektor players tend to forget they increase their monsters' Levels a lot, giving Level Limit one last laugh before it gets Hornet'd...the problem being that Centipede or Dragonfly will probably be used up for Xyz anyway). Also, Xyz monsters are completely unaffected by this card, severely hurting its usefulness. I still concede I prefer Messenger of Peace over this as a long-term stall card, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Level Limit be fully Unlimited this September. When a deck actually does use this card though, expect it to be used to the maximum it is allowed.

Aesthetics: 3.5/5 I think the art is pretty cool, and I think the art is especially nice-looking with the green borders of a Spell Card. What I really don't get is how Area B was released years before Area A. What I would really like is an Area C that would affect Xyz monsters and maybe a support card concerning all Level Limit cards. They just seem so cool!

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