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Leon’s South Wall Corner
Are We Doing This Again?
August 29, 2005
Welcome back everyone. I
decided it best to address a surfacing issue early, because
I do not doubt everyone will be talking about it heatedly
very soon - if not already. Recently leaked to several
sources on the internet was the latest changes to the Asian
ban list that are slated to take effect September 1st. Let
me make one thing perfectly clear before I continue any
further. These changes are for the Asian (OCG) environment
only. The list put out for North America and Europe will not
be for another month (October 1st) and UDE representatives
have said it very possible the list could change before that
time comes. All those whom I have spoken to, however, have
agreed that the list will more than likely be similar - if
not identical - to this one.
In the interest of time and space preservation I have chosen
not to include the entire list on this article. I will only
be listing and discussing the changes. Lets jump to it then
shall we? We will start with the newest additions to the Ban
1. Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
People have been of two minds regarding this card. You
either love him or hate him. Regardless of your position,
however, I seriously doubt anyone who is reading this can
look me dead in the eye and say they did not see it coming.
My feelings about it are that it was generally needed. One
of the goals of updating and changing the list is to promote
the pioneering and use of new and different deck types. I
personally feel that sending the final nail in the coffin of
“Chaos” was the single best way to achieve this. He was not
invincible, as has been so often argued. As a monster he was
subject to any form of removal that you happened to possess
at the time. However, his cost never equaled his power in my
eyes. Monsters towering at 3000 attack strength typically
had balancing costs to go with it. Blue Eyes White Dragon,
for instance, required two monster tributes to summon.
Simply removing two monsters in the graveyard, where they
were of no real use anyway, did not add up as a fair cost to
summon a creature with that power and that effect.
2. Delinquent Duo (aka Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, Prince of
When people used to ask me about the ban list and my opinion
I always would tell them that there was only one card I
wanted to see gone. One card that I hated above all others.
It would be this card. I absolutely hate everything about it
and almost cried when it came back for this current list.
There is no way, I repeat, no way to start off a game
suckier (another made up word I
suppose) than with only four cards in your hand. It got so
bad that every time I would play one of my friends, and they
would go first, I would say out loud, “Play Duo. You win.”
Everybody watch me do the happy dance as this piece of
“chit” finally gets the boot. May it rot there.
3. Graceful Charity
Never as much of a problem for me. People would sometimes
ask me if I thought the game would be better if the entire
Trinity was banned. I said no. Just ban the Satan card and
Pot and we would be fine. You can keep Graceful. I really
would have liked it that way. Once you get to the rest of
the list you will see why. Serpent gone and Night Assailant
restricted destroys much of its abuse. Chaos is down the
drain so that abuse is gone as well. As a matter of fact,
many of the former advantage-gaining combos from this card
have been eliminated by other modifications to the list. We
need at least some deck thinning here - with no Mirage or
4. Mirror Force
This is just the first in a huge crack down Konami is making
on Defense. You will find, as the list goes on that there
are much fewer conventional ways to defend yourselves
against monster attacks. Expect Sakuretsu to be dusted off
of the shoe box once more. In terms of mass destruction it
is not really a lose. You lose one and you gain one. Stay
tuned for more.
5. Ring of Destruction
Cracking down defense. The ways to stop getting beatsticked
to death are growing less and less. Do we sense a metagame
shift? Yes we do. The burn damage was also the single most
effective game ender around. I guess it deserves its turn on
the list. Should not last too long.
6. Sinister Serpent
Ouch. Say good bye to a dear friend. He has been with us for
a long time hasn’t he? How will this effect the metagame?
People, who already were not to keen on it, will absolutely
hate cards with discard costs. I would not be surprised if
people stopped using Tribe-Infecting Virus because of it. I
doubt it though. No one, I repeat, no one is going to run
Lightning Vortex any more. Not just for the cost, but
because we have a better gem coming back.
Those are the latest additions to the list of cards not
legal in Advanced Format. Now lets discussed those moved
down from that list to the Restricted list. These cards
currently are not legal for tournament play, but are slated
to become so when the list takes effect.
Obviously Konami wanted to throw a bone to people who would
piss and moan over losing the Devil card so we get this
back. I do not mind. I will gladly take it. I’m just still
so happy about Lucifer snuffing it.
2. Dark Hole
What? (Reads the list again just to make sure) What? Yep.
Guess who’s back?
Back again. Shady’s back. Tell a friend…
Believe it or not with all of the add-ons to the ban list
these are the only two returning. Interesting. However,
there are quite a few cards being added to the Restricted
list that were previously allowed three.
1. Book of Moon
Ouch! Why can’t a draw anything to stop getting my face
smashed in by my opponent’s fatty? Cause Konami won’t let
me. Well, the card did more than just act defensively. It
was also a nice combo card but, as you will see, punishing
every single card in a combo is overkill. For instance, why
ban Mirage AND semi-restrict Emergency Provisions? Why ban
Makyurka AND restrict Chick the Yellow? So I guess its
nothing new. When Konami declares war against a deck they
target as many of the cards as they can.
Death to Goat control. All your base are belong to us. And
just in case you think you can find a way to reuse this one
3. Thousand Eyes Restrict
Really. This is about the most retarded thing I have seen
from the list.
Restricting a fusion card. You know what? I want you all to
do an experiment right now. Get out your decks and start
playing each other. After 20 duels count up the number of
times you had to use more than one Thousand Eyes Restrict.
People run more than one because they can. They almost never
need it. But I suppose war is war.
The direct spawn child of Upper Decks conversion to OCG
rules. It seems we were just discovering this fun new deck
and its getting kicked out from under us. Oh well. Even in
goat control I found it unwise to run more than one
You are on the floor and bleeding. Your right arm is broken
in three places.
You’re damn near concussed. We’ll kick you in the nuts
anyway. And lets not forget all of the Berserk Gorillas,
Injection Fairy Lilys, and Vampire Lords getting through
their attacks now.
That sums up restricted. Hopefully (through my snide
comments) you’re starting to see a general theme here. There
were no new additions to the Semi-Restricted list but a
couple of things were taken off completely.
Vampire Lord and Marauding Captain. Konami is force-feeding
us what they want us to play aren’t they? Do you realize
that Zombie decks are about the only decks without any forms
of restriction or control to them at all?
Well, despite the obvious pushes to agro (with diminished
defense cards) and total and complete overkill of the cookie
cutter deck I actually like the list. Maybe its just because
of Mrs. Clinton but there are other things I like. I thought
it was nice for Konami to throw us back a broken card (Dark
Hole) just to apologize for all the other stuff they are
However, decks can now have three Vampire Lords in them so
are we being force fed the new Tier 1?
Geez, I’m tired of writing. Did you guys really sit through
and read all this? Go get a cookie. You deserve it. Until