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2 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to activate 1 of these effects;
● Send 1 card from your Deck to the Graveyard.
● Choose 1 monster from your Deck and place it on top of your Deck.
Banned - See Below
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
July 28, 2015
Back to the main COTD
The 2nd Forbidden hit on the list. We recently
reviewed Djinn, so that's self-explanatory.
Like Riko said in his article, L-Chain is a card
that pro players think is broken but internet
posters will call you a n00b for wanting it banned.
In some ways, L-Chain has been a progressive card.
It's a skill card that has so many potential combos
available. One of them is returning a card to
the top of the deck and then using Upstart Goblin to
draw that card. Essentially, that means "have
any card in your hand". It's versatile,
doesn't plus on its own and requires other cards for
it to work well.
At the same time, L-Chain has been used to create
loops and locks. Infernities abused it.
The Djinn lock, which L-Chain helped create, is a
warning of what could have come in the future had we
not banned it. I'd definitely like to see a
card like L-Chain (in terms of its versatility and
comboability) be made again, except with
restrictions to prevent abuse.
Lavalval Chain...yesterday we looked at a card
that very appropriately got what it deserved.
Important enough to be addressed (in its case,
Restricted) and today we look at a card that was
Banned. Was this necessary...
Well, Lavalval Chain was a generic Rank 4 XYZ...not
the strongest, by any means, with only 1800
attack...Fire attribute, Sea Serpent type, on these
individual merits alone, even factoring in how
splashable a card this, as it does have use in about
any Deck (literally about ANY Deck) we certainly
have a good card here.
However...this card truly (and should be obvious to
all, whether player or played against) shines in the
Laval Deck. Now sure I understand that said
Deck (and likely others) but the Laval Deck for
sure, would use and abuse whatever copies they have.
But like yesterday, I honestly feel leaving one,
wouldn't have been the end of the world.
Now, hypocritically, I do like the idea of the Ban.
Though that could be rather crippling to the Laval
family, as they aren't very BIG yet in terms of
Monsters, but more support is coming.
Honestly, too, I wouldn't be surprised to see this
card come off as soon as the next cycle.
Banned/5 but 4.5/5 if not (5 in the Deck, 4
Hello Pojo Fans,
This was a move to hit most of the Tier 1 decks.
Lavalval Chain is too easy to Special Summon and its
effect is too beneficial. Detach for a Foolish
Burial effect or to move a resource to the top so
you can draw it next turn, or even better, using a
draw card to get it that same turn. It makes boss
monsters like DAD and BLS live if they still need
that final removal source, it springs offense for
Zombies, Destiny Hero, Lightsworn, Shaddoll, etc.
Despite its Type and Attribute not melding with most
of the decks that use it, it is still a powerful
card. Bury stuff for use later or bury something to
start a big play this turn. The second effect isn't
going to be used much, but it is still an option if
you need a specific resource in your hand.
A good ban to slow down the game.
Until Next Time
Lavalval Chain is the card on this banlist that I
think the most people were up in arms about. Chain
is one of my favorite Xyz Monsters in the game, but
despite that I think this was a good move.
When you look at previous formats, just about any
time Lavalval Chain became relevant it was abused.
It was arguably at its most useful in Infernity,
where you could use it to facilitate loops with
Infernity Archfiend (either by sending it or Stygian
Street Patrol to the Graveyard or by putting
Archfiend at the top of your Deck), though it also
saw use in Mermail (for quickly getting Tidal into
your Graveyard, prior to the Dragon Rulers’
banning). Most recently, Lavalval Chain was a
powerful opening play for Nekroz, whether it was by
setting up the Graveyard with Shurit or getting the
Djinn lock into play. Losing Lavalval Chain is a
noticeable blow to Nekroz’s opening turn.
Looking ahead to the future, Lavalval Chain was
going to be a key card in the Clownblade Deck that
has been making a lot of showings in the OCG.
Without Lavalval Chain, the viability of the Deck is
questionable, but with it, Clownblade would have
almost certainly been a top Deck.
Essentially, Lavalval Chain has a history of abuse,
and it didn’t look like that abuse was going to
stop, regardless of the number of copies allowed.
People who seemed to be particularly bothered by
this change are those who made use of Chain in lower
level Decks like Zombies, Lightsworns, etc.
Sorry to say, but the banlist doesn’t cater to you.
It caters to competitive play, and Lavalval Chain
was gonna be stupid whenever it was relevant.
Rating: BANNED (4/5 when legal)
This for me is a more surprising Ban, simply because
had it been put at 1, I believe that it could still
have been used in those Decks that use it for their
power plays as a one only use and those Decks that
benefit from having it included could also use it,
plus, Limiting it would have been able to remove all
“Loops” or potential ones in the future.
On the flip side of this, it could easily be
Summoned first turn by those Decks that hope to gain
the maximum benefit from this, and the upcoming
Clown Blade/ Trick Clown Deck would be able to use
this first turn almost every Duel, and thus their
Graveyard becomes set-up sufficiently to allow the
Deck to Summon a Rank 4 Xyz each and every turn in
addition to any other Summons.
Lavalval Chain has become synonymous with Graveyard
set-up ever since its release and apart from its
most recent involvement in setting up the “Djinn
Lock” for which it gained much hatred, Lavalval
Chain has also been involved in setting up many
Decks, Synchro and Zombie builds as well as any Deck
that can benefit from cards going to the Graveyard,
being those that have been regular beneficiaries of
Many will know of Lavalval Chains use in Infernities
as an OTK and most recently an OTK involving
Blue-Blooded Oni, and its these OTK’s, in particular
the most recent one that has brought Lavalval Chain
into the spotlight and further contributed to
reasons as to why it has ultimately been Banned.
This card will be greatly missed and it certainly
will not be easy to replace, and may never truly be.
Rating: 4.5. How effective this card is always
depends upon what you are sending to the Graveyard,
however chances are if you are Summoning it its
effect is going to benefit you, especially since it
doesn’t have that great of an ATK and nor does it
have that much of a survivability factor. But then
using its effect effectively is generally more than
enough to set yourself in a strong position.