Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Yu-Gi-Oh! September 2013 Rumored Ban List - The Return of Synchros

Nowadays there has been a banlist that is going around that people believed to be true. Now, I'm not going to say that this banlist is fake or anything. There was just one change on that banlist that caught my attention, and that was the return of "Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier". While Trishula still remains banned as of now, I'm certain that duelists who have played through the era of triple Trishula, or even just a single copy of Trishula, would remember how powerful this synchro monster is.

So, is the return of Trishula possible? Or is it just a myth? Well, for today's post, I am not going to talk about the possibility of Trishula returning. Today I am going to talk about another ongoing discussion with regards to Trishula's return, and that is: If a banned synchro monster is going to come back, would it be "Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier"? Or would it be "Goyo Guardian"?

On several Yu-Gi-Oh! forums now, there are users commenting that Trishula is just like a Goyo Guardian, and that if Trishula is coming back, Goyo Guardian should return too. While there are no similarities in the effects or levels of Trishula and Goyo Guardian, we can definitely draw parallels from these two cards from the aspect of their strengths.

Trishula, upon synchro summoning, has the effect to banish one card from your opponent's hand, one card from your opponent's field, and one card from your opponent's graveyard. That is three cards knocked off instantly upon its synchro summon (two cards if you do not count the one from the graveyard). Furthermore, the best part is that this effect does not target. So for example, if your opponent chains call of the haunted to bring back a monster from his graveyard, you can still target the special summoned monster for banishment from the field, which is pretty OP if you ask me.


Goyo Guardian, on the other hand, has no effect upon its synchro summon. Its effect kicks in when it destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the graveyard, then you would be able to special summon the monster destroyed by Goyo Guardian to your side of the field. Well, normally that effect would be too good, but to add on to it, Goyo Guardian, despite being a level 6 synchro monster, has an astounding attack point of 2800, which in the past, is even bigger than level 8 synchro monsters such as "Stardust Dragon".


Both are strong in their own ways, and were definitely banworthy in the era they were in. However, with Xyz monsters running the front right now, there is definitely room for one of them to come back. The problem is, which one?

One banishes three cards from your field instantly upon synchro summoning, the other steals your monsters and turns them against you. Both has huge attack points of 2700 and 2800 respectively. The deciding factor would be how easily they can be synchro summoned then.

Trishula requires 1 tuner + 2 or more non-tuners for its summon whereas Goyo Guardian only requires 1 tuner + 1 or more non-tuners. Both are generic synchro monsters, not requiring any special attributes or types for their summons. The difference is that Trishula requires one more non-tuner for its summon. However, for those active players of Plant Synchro of Infernities, you would know that synchro summoning Trishula is not that difficult as well.

Therefore, aside of those two decks, does the two non-tuner condition make it acceptable for Trishula to be unbanned instead of Goyo Guardian? Not necessarily. Let's take a look at the top decks right now. Dragon Rulers, Prophecy, 4-Axis Fire Fist all runs level 1 tuners such as "Effect Veiler", "Dragunity Corsesca" and "Blue-Eyes Maiden", which we know helps in the ease of summoning Trishula in the form of 1 + 4 + 4 = 9.

On the other hand, if you were to try to synchro summon Goyo Guardian using level 1 tuners, you would need a combination of 1 + 5 or 1 + 2 + 3, which we know by experience, is a lot harder to pull off than 1 + 4 + 4. Therefore, the easiest way to summon Goyo Guardian is by using a level 2 tuner, which can be found in Mermails in the form of "Deep Sea Diva".

Given the strong powers of both Trishula and Goyo Guardian, if Konami was to bring one of them back, it would definitely be one that is harder to summon right? Which in this case, would point over to Goyo Guardian since most decks utilise level 1 tuners instead of level 2 tuners.

However, that is wrong. It is infinitely better to bring back Trishula instead of Goyo Guardian in our upcoming September meta. Why? That is because if Dragon Rulers and Prophecy were to be hit by the September 2013 banlist, then Mermails may rise again to take over the meta. If that is the case, Mermails, having the ability to go into Goyo Guardian, may wreck havoc in our format again. Therefore, in order to even the playing ground, bringing Trishula back instead of Goyo Guardian is the wiser decision.

Duelists who wield Mermails as their weapons may then complain that Trishula is easier to summon in other decks. However, that is not true as well. "Deep Sea Diva" going into "Atlantean Marksman", then into "Atlantean Dragoons" is level 9 as well, which goes to show that synchro summoning Trishula in a Mermail deck can be as simple as other decks.

Well, that's all for today's post, and if you feel that Goyo Guardian should be brought back instead of Trishula, do pause and think again in the perspective of the next format and how broken Goyo Guardian would be in a Mermail deck. :)

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