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What the **** was Konami thinking Part II or The State of
the Current Metagame Part IV--Surviving the next 6 months
Hello again to Pojo and Yugioh fans one and all! I continue
my series of articles analyzing the State of the Metagame
and what can be done about it. First and foremost, however,
one very important thing must be done.
DAWN YOSHI--Thank God you had the courage (or bull
headedness) to write that article yesterday. Everything you
said, however harsh, was true.
I personally believe the fact it was said harsh help to get
your point across. Well done, and again, I couldn't agree
Some of my points here will coincide with Dawn, so bear with
me, but I got things to say, capice? As stated, this
"update" to the Ban List did absolutely NOTHING TO HELP ANY
ISSUES CURRENTLY IN OUR METAGAME!
Three of the five cards banned make NO SENSE at all. That's
60% of cards that were banned without warrant? I mean,
Exchange of the Spirits...not even close. Last Turn however,
I mean, when the hell was the last time you went to a SJC
and lost because of a Last Turn combo?
On that same note, when was the last time you were in this
It's your move, you have nothing on the field, and nothing
in your hand, and a mere 700 lifepoints. You know you only
have two cards left in your deck: Premature Burial, and
Goblin Attack Force. Your opponent has 900 lifepoints and no
monsters on the field, just a face down card. You draw and
get Goblin Attack Force for your opponent to chain Time
I thought not, it's almost seems that there is a wall with
every Yugioh card on it at Konami Headquarters and they just
throw darts blindly...whatever they hit becomes Banned or
Restricted or so on and so forth.
Off the nine newly restricted cards, only ONE just ONE of
nine is anything to actually help our game. Yes, Mirror
Force came back, but it comes and goes so I'm purposely
ignoring it. I also don't believe Pot of Avarice was
powerful enough to be restricted and Treeborn Frog...let's
just say that was a big check in the "Let's restrict as much
crap as possible" box.
DD Assailant was Restricted, however, one of the few,
actually essentially the only good move, aside from banning
Dark Hole again.
However, reducing one threat while NOTHING ELSE WAS
ADDRESSED would be like bringing home one Soldier from Iraq.
Sure, he/she and his/her family is happy, but is the problem
Exactly. Next, Last Will and Level Limit Area B were
restricted? Yes, they were. Last Will was no where near that
powerful, and how many of us actually ran three anyway? Was
it "clutter the restricted list with junk time?" Level Limit
Area B now that's just wrong. Stall decks are severely hurt,
and they aren't that powerful to begin with. I mean no
offense, I have a fun stall/burn deck, but it sucks.
Finally, Graceful Charity came back INSTEAD of Pot of Greed.
This gives Dark World a major boost in playabililty, even
though they don't get their best effect if you discard them
yourself. I don't want the next article to be "The State of
the Current Metagame Part V--Dealing with Dark World."
Now, semi-restrictions. This is the only part of the list
that even remotely made sense. We were given back an extra
Magician of Faith, which is good, and Apprentice Magician
was put in check at two. I don't really have any complaints
about this one.
Now, what can we do about this? Well, as the name of my
article implies, we need to trudge through these next six
months. If Konami isn't going to do anything about our
problems, then we have to take our game into our own hands.
Remember: this IS OUR GAME!
You have to build your deck specifically to COUNTER the
Warrior Toolbox, not to mimic it. If you're going out
thinking "If I build my Warrior Toolbox just like so and so,
and maybe get my card first, then I can defeat his..."
That's a nice thought, but let's come back to Earth here
Warrior Toolbox (and/or any other deck monster) will be a
problem as long as we let it be a problem. Try making an
extreme control/hand disruption deck or something. Try an
awesome Monarch deck, utilizing all four of them for
constant hitting of the opponents field and hand.
Pack a copy or two of DD Survivor in your main/side deck.
DD Survivor, remember him? He returns to your field during
your End Phase if he is removed from play. That's just one
card ONE SINGLE CARD that can help you counter DD Warrior
Lady and DD Assailant now, and remember, there's only one of
each you'll find in a deck now, if at all.
Other problems you'll encounter in decks...traps, namely
ones activated in response to monster summoning and monster
attacks. Start maining or side-decking things like Trap
Jammer or Seven Tools of the Bandit.
NOTE: YES, I said SEVEN TOOLS OF THE BANDIT. 7 Tools is
actually a good card, but people don't care and/or realize
it due to lack of deckspace and thinking "negating one trap
for 1000 lifepoints isn't worth it."
Suppose you're going in for that game winning attack and
your opponent flips Mirror Force, Magic Cylinder, Sakuretsu
Armor, or any other attack stopping trap. Or even just you
summon your monster and BAM...Bottomless Trap Hole. We need
more trap negation in the game.
Same goes for Magic cards. Hammes Shot, Fissure, Lightning
Vortex, and Smashing Ground are just examples of many field
clearing/monster clearing cards you'll find in various
peoples decks. Try running or siding a Magic Shield Type 8
or even a Magic Jammer.
NOTE: Magic Jammer, YES Magic Jammer. Sure, it requires a
discard and it ONLY negates one magic card. Well suppose,
you are negating Lightning Vortex or Smashing Ground to save
the only monster protecting your 150 lifepoints?
I feel better, as I've gotten to rant, and I tried to be
humane, but things had to be said. That does it for today,
and I'll be continuing my "What the **** was Konami thinking
and The State of the Current Metagame Part...(V is next)
Please feel free to contact me with anything @ email@example.com
I've got a review of the World Championship GBA game coming
this week, more set reviews, some deck builds and such
coming for you soon.
Until next time, You stay classy, Planet Earth :)