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August 20, 2007

Well Since Everyone's Doing It...
Hello Pojoers! The Forum has been abuzz lately with the latest curve ball to come our way. The Japanese Banlist. Some people will think that this doesn't affect us at all, however the last few formats have shown that the banlist is now synchronized globally, so the OCG list is pretty much what we're gonna get. I give you the banlist and my take on it. I don't have time to cover every card, just the more controversial changes.
I. Forbidden Cards

You cannot use these cards in your Deck or Side Deck:

Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
Butterfly Dagger - Elma
Change of Heart
Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End
Choas Sorceror
Cyber Jar
Dark Hole
Delinquent Duo
Exchange of the Spirit
Fiber Jar
Graceful Charity
Harpie's Feather Duster
Imperial Order
Last Turn
Last Will
Magicial Scientist
Makyura the Destructor
Mirage of Nightmare
Monster Reborn
Painful Choise
Pot of Greed
Ring of Destruction
Sinister Serpant
Snatch Steal
The Forceful Sentry
Thousand-Eyes Restrict
Time Seal
Tribe-Infecting Virus
Victory Dragon
Witch of the Black Forest

NEW! – Confiscation, Metamorphosis, Ring of Destruction, Snatch Steal

II. Limited Cards

You can only use one of the following cards in the Deck & Side Deck combined:

Book of Moon
Brain Control
Breaker the Magical Warrior
Call of the Haunted
Card Destruction
Card Trooper
Chain Strike
Crush Card Virus
D. D. Warrior Lady
Dark Magician of Chaos
Destiny Hero – Disk Commander
Dimensional Fusion
Elemental Hero Stratos
Exodia the Forbidden One
Future Fusion
Giant Trunade
Gravity Bind
Heavy Storm
Left Arm of the Forbidden One
Left Leg of the Forbidden One
Level Limit - Area B
Limiter Removal
Mage Power
Magic Cylinder
Magician of Faith
Mind Crush
Mirror Force
Morphing Jar
Mystical Space Typhoon
Neo-Spacian Grand Mole
Night Assailant
Overload Fusion
Premature Burial
Right Arm of the Forbidden One
Right Leg of the Forbidden One
Smashing Ground
Snipe Hunter
Spirit Reaper
Swords of Revealing Light
The Transmigration Prophecy
Torrential Tribute
Trap Dustshoot
Treeborn Frog
Twin-Headed Behemoth
Ultimate Offering
United we Stand
Wall of Revealing Light

NEW! – Brain Control, Breaker the Magical Warrior, Card Trooper, Destiny Hero – Disk Commander, Fissure, Magician of Faith, Megamorph, Smashing Ground, Snipe Hunter, The Transmigration Prophecy, Trap Dustshoot, Wall of Revealing Light

III. Semi-Limited Cards

You can only use two of the following cards in the Deck & Side Deck combined:

Apprentice Magician
Creature Swap
Destiny Hero – Malicious
Green Gadget
Manticore of Darkness
Mask of Darkness
Nobleman of Crossout
Pot of Avarice
Reckless Greed
Red Gadget
Reinforcements of the Army
Royal Decree
Yellow Gadget

NEW! – Destiny Hero – Malicious, Green Gadget, Jinzo, Nobleman of Crossout, Pot of Avarice, Red Gadget, Royal Decree, Yellow Gadget

NEW! - The following cards are no longer Limited: D.D. Assailant, Deck Devastation Virus, Good Goblin Housekeeping, Protector of the Sanctuary

How Will I Control Your Brain Now?

Brain Control, the bane and saving grace of my Yu-Gi-Oh! career is now limited to one per deck. A good choice, as it promotes fast play and can be put into most decks with success. However the added loss of Smashing Ground and Fissure can leave us in a real pickle when it comes to face up monsters. Might will be right again.
1 For 1's Can Eat My Dust
Again similar to Brain Control, both Fissure and Smashing Ground promote fast styles of play. This will severely limit our arsenal of face up monster removal, making Enemy Controller, Shrink and Lightning Vortex all the more potent. This will be a format of higher utility from monsters and the virtual end of setting monsters as a strategy, as Nobleman and Shield Crush both will take center stage should someone still desire to set that GraveKeeper's Spy.
Breaker's Back, and He's Out for Blood!
YAHOOOOO! that is the best news I have heard all day. Breaker is hands down my fave monster, and him coming back brings tears to my eyes. Dunno why they did it, but I sure am glad they did. This will mean that Bottomless Trap Hole will now be a preferred means of monster removal as Face Up monsters just got more deadly. 
Danger Will Robinson!
Yup, everybody's favorite card chucking dry cleaning machine is short circuited. No more shall Troop-Dupe-Scoop grace our ears with it's presence. And good riddance! He was good, but is now WORTHLESS at one. I am sad to see such a good support card go, but there yah go. For all those who bought one for $60+, tough luck...
I Forsee a Limiting in Your Future
Why they limited Transmigration Prophecy I don't know. Expect this to have a profound effect, as they obviously see that it is good enough to be dealt with. Expect someone to break this card soon and then we will all ask ourselves, why didn't we use this at 3?
It Is Your Destiny!
Well there yah go. the most powerful of the D-Heroes just got squashed. At two he is almost worthless, but still a strong play. However, Perfect Circle took it's final blow, and joins DDT rotting in the grave of past heroes. Destiny Hero Beatdown is gonna be the D-Hero deck to beat, as Plasma will OWN this game.
Clockwork Doesn't Work No More...
Honestly this was unnecessary. Many gadget decks have only played two copies of each Gadget anyway. This was just put as a safety net against what would likely be the deck to beat. It is strong, fast and thins like a devil. This deck will likely use the extra Pot of Avarice and Transmigration Prophecy to ensure the flow of mechanical mayhem continues.
Jinzo is My Hero!
??? Why at two? Semi-Limiting appears to be a technique of Konami's to test the waters out with restricted cards. They did it with Metamorphosis, and people abused it like none other. Expect the use of two Jinzo in EVERY aggressive deck. The lack of face up removal means that he is nigh indestructible. Jinzo is now the chase card of Yu-Gi-Oh!. I am now regretting very much that I traded my third one...
I Decree...um...uh...Line?
I only ever used 2 anyway, simply as a side deck card. Royal Decree is good, but with Jinzo at 2, Decree hardly needed to be dealt with, as siding Jinzo is just superior. Now what do I do with my HL Decrees?
Have Faith, Tomorrow is a New Day
Magician of Faith is BACK! Well we were missing her, and she must be like the administration's favorite card or something like that. This is just SCREAMING to play Apprentice Magician Monarchs. With Crystal Seer now released it almost breaks the deck. I guess they hope that Nobleman and Crush will take care of them, but there yah go...
What to Expect
Expect Zombies, Destiny HEroes, Gadgets, and Apprentice Magician to make their presence known this format. Bazoo Return could also be a big force with Jinzo at 2. This format is broken open, and expect people to make use of these new decks. But beware! some people are slow to change, and you will still see classics like Spicer Monarchs and Machine Beatdown in lesser forms for some time.
A Side Note*
I looked the list over at least 5 times, and DID NOT SEE MARSHMALLON AT ALL. Is this because it is not "technically" released or are they simply giving us him in all his cute s'morey goodness. Our rest of the world banlist will tell us...Until then, I'm maining 3 Marshy!!!
If you wanna talk, duel, trade or need advice please don't hesitate to email me. raptor1k@hotmail.com is my address.
Thanks for writing!



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