Friday, August 16, 2013

CONFIRMED September 2013 OCG Banlist! (& Discussion)

You read that title correctly... it is now confirmed! Check it out:

Newly Banned: 5
Burner, Stream, Lightning and Reactan
Spellbook of Judgment

Newly Limited: 9
Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster
Genex Ally Birdman
Mermail Abyssteus
Wind-Up Shark
Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Number 11: Big Eye
Divine Wind of Mist Valley
Super Rejuvenation

Newly Semi-Limited: 6
Chaos Sorcerer
Gladiator Beast Bestiari
Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
Neo-Spacian Grand Mole
Black Whirlwind
Fire Formation - Tenki

Newly Unlimited: 8
Wind-Up Magician
Advanced Ritual Art
E - Emergency Call
Pot of Duality
Mirror Force


That's a whopping grand total of 28 changes! This list is VERY unlike Konami (hitting Rooster when it just came out, completely Unlimiting Scapegoat, etc.), but it turns out that it's true. Also, it seems that from now on the OCG banlist will be updated around the time that each core booster set comes out (in the OCG, that's typically February, April, July and November). We have no idea whether or not the TCG will follow suit, and if so, how long it'll take. I'm still not sure exactly how they intend for this "four lists per year" thing to work in terms of the actual direction of the game they'll be pursuing, but hopefully it'll be a good one. It's ironic how Konami had all of these changes in store right when a lot of people were starting to decide they couldn't take it any more.

I'm not a fan of the changes to Sorcerer, Bestiari, Gorz, Grand Mole, Black Whirlwind, ARA, Emergency Call and Mirror Force, but other than that, I actually can't remember a time when I was this happy with a new list. What do you think of this list and the format that it'll bring? Leave a comment, and thanks for reading.

(In hindsight, this post was kind of short so I'll think about writing more about my thoughts for this format in a future post.)

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