As July draws to a close now, duelists from all around the world are now waiting for the moment when the September 2013 Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden/Restriction list will be unveiled. For all that matters, there are many duelists who are anticipating the downfall of Dragon Rulers and Prophecy. For the others who are as eager to see their downfall, they are also anticipating the list in order to prepare their decks for the next format.
However, given the unpredictability of Konami when it comes to the making of the banlist, there will definitely be some disappointments. Furthermore, with the release of the Dragon Rulers tins in the TCG, there might be a possibility that Konami may not want to hit them so badly so as to boost their sales for the tins.
With all disregard for marketing policies and past disappointments resulting from the banlist by Konami, I will like to express my opinions for what is to be the best list for the upcoming format.
Burner, Dragon Ruler of Sparks
Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets
Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles
Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts
Dragunity Knight - Vajrayana
Spellbook of Secrets
Fire Formation - Tenki
Baby dragons were always the problem. It was the Xyz monsters' fault, neither was it Super Rejuvenation. It was those little rascals that made up the speed engine for Dragon Rulers. Therefore, instead of hitting the Xyz monsters which could be better used in other decks, hitting the baby dragons to one each would be a better choice as it would:
1) slow the Dragon Ruler deck down significantly
2) not kill off Dragon Rulers completely
Furthermore, we know that hitting Super Rejuvenation does not slow the deck down enough, thus, the best choice is still to limit the baby dragons.
Contrary to what many duelists think, Spellbook of Judgment is not the problem card in Prophecy. It is Spellbook of Secrets. There would not be so many possibility plays if Spellbook of Secrets had not existed. It is the main speed engine in this deck. Some duelists feel that if Spellbook of Judgment is not to be banned, then BOTH Spellbook of Secrets and Spellbook Magician of Prophecy should be limited.
However, I beg to differ. While duelists can recycle Spellbook of Secrets with The Grand Spellbook Tower, then search it out again using Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, it still slows down the deck a lot as you would be wasting one turn that you can recycle Spellbook of Fate, which does a lot because Spellbook of Fate is a game-changing card. Limiting Spellbook Magician of Prophecy will slow down the Prophecy deck way too much. The purpose of a banlist is to balance decks, not to kill them off.
Some may then think that limiting Spellbook of Judgment may be a viable option then. However, Spellbook of Judgment can still be recycled by either the tower or Spellbook of Eternity, then it can be searched out by Spellbook of Secrets again. Therefore, the best choice to slow down the Prophecy deck is still to limit only Spellbook of Secrets in order to reduce the speed and advantage-reaping abilities of this deck.
While the problems of Dragon Rulers can be solved by limiting the baby dragons, the problem of Evilswarm must still be addressed. Evilswarm Ophion is a problematic card that is not only devastating to Dragon Rulers, but to other decks such as Dragunities as well. Therefore, in order to balance the deck out without killing it off, Evilswarm Ophion has to be limited.
With the speed and abilities of Dragon Rulers, Prophecy and Evilswarm depleted, we do have to consider other decks as well, since these decks will probably take over the meta once the big three is toppled. One of them is Mermails which enjoy huge hand advantage and field presence thanks to Atlantean Dragoons. Otherwise, without that much advantage, Mermails is pretty balanced. Therefore, Atlantean Dragoons has to be limited.
The same goes for Dragunity Knight - Vajrayana. In this current format, Dragunities can already hold its own. There is no need for them to spam powerful level 8 synchro monsters such as Stardust Dragon, Scrap Dragon and friends. Therefore, to ensure that Dragunities do not overrun the next format, one of the key cards in this deck, Dragunity Knight - Vajrayana has to be limited.
With Mermails and Dragunities taken care of, we need to pay close attention to Fire Fist as well. With the ability to play either a 3-Axis build or a 4-Axis build, the main contribution to this deck's consistency is its searcher, Fire Formation - Tenki. Therefore, in order to make this deck less powerful for the other decks in the format to catch up, Tenki has to be limited. After all, there are many cards in this deck that can search it out as well, such as Bear or Gorilla.
My choice for the semi-limit category would only be Inzektor Hornet. While Inzektors have been greatly hit, bringing back Inzektor Drgaonfly back to 2 is still a no-no because that would result in Inzektors abuse decks again. Therefore, to strengthen it up a little, bringing hornet to 2 would be the best bet.
Lastly, for the unlimited slot, Tsukuyomi would do nicely as unlike cards such as Destiny Hero - Malicious, 2 or 3 does little to affect the meta. Furthermore, with Tsukuyomi only being used as a side-deck option for most decks now, bringing it back to 3 would be fine.
That's all for my banlist talks, I hope I didn't leave anything out. Till next time!