With the Japanese ban list released, we now await our TCG counter part. Let us give an overview to the OCG list.
Starting with the Restricted List, we see that Goyo has unexpectedly been banned. This is not a terrible thing. The card was extremely powerful and in all honesty deserved a ban. 2800 ATK with a theft ability, broken on my watch. This gives cards like Gaia (who now has the highest attack of the level six Synchros), and Flamvell Urquizas a chance to be used. While making Brionac even more relevant to the meta.
Next is Cold Wave. In my opinion this was a great move. Cold Wave is a OTK enabler and I despise fast games. Backrow based decks should not be punished for being so. This evens out the game for Control decks.
The final ban is Mass Driver. Finally this card is gone. F/OTK enabler right here. It get rids of all future problems for any infinite loop. Thank you, Konami.
Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow
Book of Moon
Gateway of the Six
First up to be Limited is Honest. Over powered card that needed to be at one from the start. The ability to run over anything that gets in your way is too much.
Dandylion takes a hit and I’m glad that it wasn’t Debris Dragon or Black Rose Dragon. This Limit allows the deck type to live on, albeit with a power drop.
Kalut is the same reasoning behind Honest. While not as powerful as Honest, he still provides too large of a boost.
Book of Moon is kind of unexpected to be Limited by me. It is a powerful card and incredibly versatile. People will find a replacement fast, so I’m not worried. I use Enemy Controller in my Monarchs, so it doesn’t really affect me too much anyway.
The last Limit is Gateway of the Six. This gives a much needed power cut to this overpowered archetype. Maybe now people will be less inclined to complain about the deck.
Card Trooper makes its way up to two. Previously being Limited for the mass abuse with Machine Duplication. It is a Debris target and a powerful milling tool. I don’t mind it being at two.
Archlord Kristya is quite the powerful card and while not being used much, needed semi’d anyway.
Spirit Reaper. Allows stall and a possibility of hand destruction. With Goyo gone I imagine more people will be using Urquizas, so this at two is no problem.
Debris Dragon deserved this. Being limited to only Dragon type synchros wasn’t a downside in anyway. With Black Rose and Gungnir at three, he needed to be hit.
Royal Tribute gives Gravekeeper’s that much needed advantage over Aggro decks. This was their trump card. At two it still allows GK’s to be a top deck, but reduces how lucksacky they are.
Overload Fusion makes Chimeratech slightly more viable, but still probably unreliable. Shouldn’t effect the meta much, if at all.
Megamorph I don’t really see as being a problem. Mage Power and United We Stand are more powerful equip cards in my eyes.
Solemn Warning at two is gonna piss off a lot of people who sold their souls for three. At three it was crippling to whoever got hit with it first. At two it just reduces the chances of drawing it.
Icarus Attack is a great choice for a Semi. It makes Blackwings less powerful, which was needed in the OCG meta.
Demise, King of Armageddon
Dewloren, Tiger King of Ice Barrier
Chaos Sorcerer at three beckons the return of Chaos. Which I am all for. With the power of the current decks, a Chaos deck wouldn’t be overpowered as it was. And with the release of Chaos Hunter, the deck will be kept in check.
Snipe Hunter at three will have no effect on the meta at all. It wasn’t a problem at all.
Demise decks are also making a comeback. Same with Chaos Sorcerer, the meta can deal with this deck with ease. Especially with Solemn Warning. Opening up more deck types is a great choice.
DeLorean… I mean Dewloren comes back to three. With the banning of Goyo, this card is a candidate for his replacement. I will be running Urquizas over him though.
Gold Sarcophagus at three isn’t a problem either. The card is slow and will only be run at two by decks that already use it.
Skill Drain decks making a comeback is going to be fun. With all the backrow destruction that we have now, it won’t pose too much of a threat.
Ultimate Offering at three should make a little difference, but nothing game breaking. Good choice to come back.
And that is it for the new OCG list, I’ll have my opinions on the TCG list when we receive it. Have fun testing this list everyone!