It took longer than usual, and its exact time of release was a bit of a surprise to everyone (coming at 9:30 PM EST) but on September 13th we finally got a new Forbidden and Limited list, much to the delight of the entire Yugioh community. While, the Forbidden and Limited list was not exactly what the majority of the community was expecting, I believe it had several positive notes.
This made me consider: What makes a banlist effective?
I believe a banlist is effective if the following stipulations are met:
Now as you can see, the Forbidden and Limited list recognized and fixed some of these issues, but not all. Let’s revisit the positive things that this banlist did and how the decks of the format were effected.
Decks like this shouldn’t exist anyway and this was a Forbidden and Limited list that did a lot to prevent them.
This was the deck that I most wanted to see addressed by the Forbidden and Limited list (not to mention most of the Yugioh community). I could speak for hours about how this deck could have been hit but that’s not what I’m focusing on here.
Overall, I believe the Gouki deck was one that was not well addressed by the Forbidden and Limited list. Its consistency was very much effected, being harder to start without M-X-Saber Invoker, Knightmare Goblin, and multiple Hornet Drones. At the same time, it’s power level is still incredibly high; there are still various two-card combos that result in resolving Topologic Gumblar Dragon multiple times and creating Extra Link boards, which is still unacceptable. And now with Summon Sorceress, Gouki will be very hard to be addressed by future Forbidden and Limited lists, outside of outright banning Firewall Dragon, or some combination of the above cards.
This deck doesn’t do really unfair things; it’s incredibly interactive and just slowly generated advantage (which happens to snowball), but I definitely don’t think a lot of these cards needed to be addressed so soon after their release.
Overall, I believe this deck was very well addressed by the Forbidden and Limited list. Its main consistency card was left untouched, making it very playable this format.
Other cards that were addressed (that I believe are worth noting):
Overall, I believe this was a very effective Forbidden and Limited list, but I believe it could have been a little better if Gouki was properly addressed. The FTK cards being banned (Especially A – Assault Core preemptively) was a good step in the right direction and it’s good to know everyone realizes that they are a problem. Sky Striker was properly addressed, as well as no longer relevant banned cards came off the list. If only a couple more cards were hit (Firewall Dragon), I believe this would have been one of the best Forbidden and Limited lists that we’ve seen in a long time.
As Always, Play Hard or Go Home!
Mike has been playing Yugioh competitively for about 6 years, and since then has always enjoyed playing at all levels, from locals to larger events. When he’s not aggravating people at locals with 10 minute turn combo decks, he often finds himself at the casino, where he plays Poker for a living.