The release of a new Forbidden and Limited list is always a controversial time in the Yu-Gi-Oh community, which is to be expected when decks live, die and are born on the back of new lists.
Most of the Australian Yu-Gi-Oh community awoke this morning to a new Forbidden and Limited list, which is effective as of April 11. The general reaction to this list has not been entirely positive, and looking at the hits and misses, it’s easy to see why.
Without further ado, the changes to the previous list –
PERFORMAGE DAMAGE JUGGLER
LUSTER PENDULUM, THE DRACOSLAYER
PERFORMAPAL SKULLCROBAT JOKER
ELDER ENTITY NORDEN
IGNISTER PROMINENCE, THE BLASTING DRACOSLAYER
ALLURE OF DARKNESS
Off The List
DARK MAGICIAN OF CHAOS
ADVANCED RITUAL ART
CRUSH CARD VIRUS
So the major loser in this list is the PePe/Dracopals/General pendulum deck. The Adjusted List in February put a major blanket on the success of this deck. I think most players expected that enough had been done to curb the reign of the deck and that it would be easy enough to bring it in line with Kozmo and Burning Abyss. Konami obviously disagreed.
The hits to the Perfomapal/Performage part of the deck are reasonable, with Damage Juggler and Plushfire remaining forbidden, along with Tellarknight Ptolemaeus. While no one was really expecting these cards to come back to full power, keeping them forbidden and ADDING to the list of victims has probably put the final nail in the coffin for PePe.
The real issue is the hit to Luster Pendulum, Draco Face-Off and Ignister Prominence. Luster and Draco Face-Off work well together, but I think it would have made more sense to hit one or the other, not both.
Face-Off at 3 has been reasonable for the last 2 months, especially with limited targets sometimes leading to it being a dead-draw. Multiple Lusters without Face-Off would also be fine, since you would have to hard draw the tuner. Additionally, the best cards to combo with Luster (the Performages) are safely forbidden.
Furthermore, future Dracoslayer support is on the way, but the deck design space for these cards is now severely limited by the overall Draco engine being weakened. We can now look further to pulling new Draco cards that might have been playable, if the list had not taken away some of the best tools for the archetype.
Ignister also removes one of the best generic counters to Kozmo having untargetable spaceships, which only proves to strengthen that deck.
“But doesn’t Wavering Eyes being gone help Pendulums?” No, not really. Wavering Eyes would not be main-decked at 3 if it was simply a counter-play to Pendulums. Its primary use has always been to enable extended combos in pendulum decks, especially in conjunction with Draco Face-Off.
So Pendulum have lost their individual power cards, the cards that enable combos AND their defence against one of their biggest threats. RIP.
The major issue I have with this list isn’t that they severely limited the power of one deck. It’s that they barely did anything to limit the power of decks that were already JUST as strong as that deck.
Kozmo have lost two copies of Reasoning and one copy of Emergency Teleport. Neither of these cards were required for the deck to function, and indeed E-Tele being semi-limited means it will still be seen in opening hands very frequently.
This, coupled with the fact that Ignister is now at one, means that landing an untargetable spaceship becomes even more of a game-winning play then it was before, especially when backed up with powerful traps like Solemn Strike, which also remained untouched.
Burning Abyss, if anything, received a buff this list. Allure of Darkness and Crush Card Virus are at two and three respectively. Again, the issue is not that Burning Abyss have seen a particular change in power level, but one of their biggest competitors is now out of the picture.
So what motivates these changes? It’s hard to say without a seat in the Konami R&D office, but it is worth noting that both Burning Abyss and Kozmo had a slew of reprints in the most recent Premium Gold set. Which I am sure will lead to an upswing in purchase numbers.
Starting tomorrow, expect to see a lot of Burning Abyss and Kozmo decks at your local tournaments. Remember, Abyss Dweller + Raigeki is your friend.