As September draws closer, we are yet again another day closer to receiving the actual banlist from konami. While there have been many speculations revolving around this upcoming new banlist, and of course, the many "convincing" fake banlist that have been going around (E-Hero Electrum banned anyone?), one banlist on the net have certainly caught the eye of most duelists and have been believed to be the true September banlist.
If you have yet to feast your eyes upon the highly discussed banlist provided by dueling days , then take a look below for it.
Brionac, Dragon Of The Ice Barrier
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
Agent Of Mystery - Earth
Blackwing - Kalut The Moonshadow
Tourguide Of The Underworld
A Hero Lives
E - Emergency Call
Hieratic Seal Of Convocation
Pot Of Duality
Level Limit - Area B
Swords Of Revealing Lights
Reviewing through this list, my general thoughts of it was that if this list was real, then it would be the best list I have seen from Konami in quite some time. Their decision to impose the banhammer upon Brionac was expected as Brionac can really create insane loops and this is the kind of combo that we, as players, always dislike.
Future Fusion's banning was also expected, due to the instant dumping of 5 dragons into the grave for Chaos Dragons, though I still wish that it was F.G.D that was banned instead.
Chaos Sorcerer is probably banned because it fuels the Chaos Dragon engine too much, fueling the effect of Eclipse Wyvern. The limiting of Evigiski Gustkraken is also a good move by Konami, because sending back one card from your opponent's hand is always good to reduce their advantage, and furthermore you would know which card you sent back plus you would even know one of the cards in your opponent's hand after this.
Inzektor Dragonfly being limited is also expected, though many players were speculating whether it would be Dragonfly or Centipede who would face the wrath of Konami's banlist. Inzektor Hornet being limited though, was a bit unnecessary in my opinion because the main aspect of Inzektor decks is its ability to perform loops, and hitting either Dragonfly or Centipede would be well enough to curb this problem.
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon is probably a plan of Konami to perform a one-stone-two-bird move, to curb the problem of Chaos Dragons as well as that of Hieratics. As both has OTKs that revolve around the usage of this powerful dragon, instead of hitting Lightpulsar Dragon and Hieratic Dragon King Of Atum, it would be better to just hit one common card from this two decks instead of one card from each deck, and the sacrifice in this battle, would of course, be Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon.
Spore is probably brought back because Konami decided to stop promoting exceed monsters. Well, I never thought that Spore was good enough to be banned anyway, Glow-Up Bulb was banworthy, but not Spore, so I would welcome back Spore with open arms lol.
Tsukuyomi should have already came back last format in my opinion. In the current era where flip effect monsters don't dominate the majority of the meta scene, Tsukuyomi's past abilities have already been reduced greatly. Flipping down a Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter or Gravekeeper Spy is always nice, flipping down an opponent's monster so that you can run over it is also nice, but these scenarios can no longer justify the banning of Tsukuyomi. So if this list was real, Tsukuyomi would certainly be welcomed by the majority of players.
Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity's limiting is also a good move in my opinion, because by limiting Zenmaity, it would be much harder for a Wind-Up player to discard the whole hand, and even with Daigusto Emeral or Pot Of Avarice, Zenmaity's effect would still be only used once more. So limiting Zenmaity to save Wind-Up Hunter from the banhammer is a reasonable move.
Ultimate Offering is just too strong in Gadget decks and I certainly welcome this move by Konami to limit it, because semi-limiting it still does not make it too difficult for a Machina Gadget player to pull this card out of the deck. We have to remember that Machina Gadget decks can thin their decks at a fast rate, with Gadgets having the ability to search out one another and Gearframe to search out Fortress, and also Geargiganto X to search yet another card from deck. Therefore, leaving this card at 2 just does not make it challenging enough for a Machina Gadget player to pull off his/her stunts, so limiting it is a good choice.
Agent Of Mystery - Earth, Kalut and Debris Dragon was probably brought back to 2 to revive decks that were already dead, because they simply don't do enough to cause inbalanced play in the current format. so the moving of these cards from 1 to 2 will not cause a great deal to the player community.
Rescue Rabbit being brought to 2 is much better to being brought to 1 because bringing it down to 2 would already greatly reduce the probability of drawing it in the first turn, and face it, its always the first turn laggia plus multiple backrows that kills us. However, I still think that with Rabbit brought to 2, Tourguide must be brought to 1, because the ability to special summon Sangan means having the ability to search out the Rabbit quickly, and if such combos can always be pulled off because running two rabbits and running two tourguides makes it easy to draw either one in the starting hand, then it would be pointless to semi-limit either of them. However, semi-limiting Tourguide is probably being done so to avoid poor sales for Extra Pack 5 thats coming out soon and we must understand Konami's plight.
A Hero Lives and E - Emergency Call being semi-limited is also well-justified because Arrive Heroes can simply OTK too easy with these searcher cards. However, I do feel that E - Emergency Call should be limited instead of just being semi-limited because it is essentially a Reinforcement Of The Army in every aspect in a HERO deck.
Hieratic seal Of Convocation being semi-limited is also a great move bcause searcher cards always make combo-oriented decks happy, because it gives you the right pieces to do the combos, and such tactics just ain't going to promote the image of yugioh as a luck-free game.
Pot Of Duality being semi-limited is probably going to be the same reason as searcher cards being limited/semi-limited, it is to stop players from getting the correct combo pieces too easily. However, I still feel that Pot Of Duality being semi-limited is a little unncessary because this card is still pretty balanced in my opinion in the sense that your opponent can deduce what cards you have/don't have in your hand by seeing the cards that are sent back.
Reasoning being brought back to 2 is probably for the same reasons as earth, Kalut and Debris, because Reasoning at 2 while monster gate stays at one is still not going to make DDT decks significantly faster and it would probably not affect the meta in an inbalanced way, so bringing it back to 2 is no harm done.
The good thing about Mirror Force being back to 2 is the same as Wesley's idea on Torrential Tribute, because these cards can punish bad players on their rushed moves, and it blocks aggressive OTKs from players who think they can rush their way to victory in yugioh.
I won't touch on the unlimited cards because its preety obvious that they are being unlimited because of their inability to shift the meta anymore :)
If this list is real, I would probably like it (except the future fusion part of course) because I can then start acquiring these cards for my collection a lower price!
I really like Heiratic Dragon Of Tefnuit because its OCG name sounds like Tiffany lol.
And lastly, before ending my post today, I would like to extend my contest deadline to the following Thursday, 23rd August 2012, 8pm Singapore time, GMT+8
This is due to low participation rate in the contest and I would really like to give out these sleeves.
So get your friends to participate in the contest as well XD Please refer to my previous post for contest questions and details if you are unsure of it thanks.
Signing off :)