Forbidden and Limited List Discussion with Billy Brake – Part 1

Hello Yugioh Community! I am back this week and ready to give you all my insight on the upcoming ban list! Over the past couple of weeks I have received an endless amount of requests for my thoughts on this subject. This is always an exciting time for all of the duelist out there because the game we have been playing for the last six months will be changing! I will be breaking it down into a few parts and conquering this one article at a time. In Part One I am going to go over what cards I feel could come off the list and you might want to try and pick up cheap before they sky-rocket.

On September 1st of 2010 the Yugioh world was shocked when Konami announced that Black Luster Solider – Envoy of the Beginning would be coming off the forbidden list. This three to five dollar gold rare became a thirty dollar card overnight. It caught a majority of duelist off guard and ended up having to spend the extra money they could have saved had they seen it coming. While I do not know for sure what will be coming back, I am going to go over the few cards I feel have the highest chance of returning.

Question of The Article: What card do you think could come off the Forbidden list?

Don’t forget to answer the question of the article in the comments down below!

Imperial Order
Continuous Trap Card
As long as this card remains face-up on the field, negate the effects of all Spell Cards on the field. Pay 700 Life Points during each of your Standby Phases. If you do not, this card is destroyed.

Imperial Order is one of the most infamous trap cards in Yugioh. It has been banned for so long some veteran duelists have forgotten it and newer players do not know its wrath. While it used to run amuck and cause problems for duelist everywhere; the game of yugioh is much different now. With cards like Naturia Beast having a built in Imperial Order only for your opponent not being detrimental to the game, it seems hard to believe a card that shuts them off for both player’s would be harmful. Mystical Space Typhoon can be chained to this card’s activation and destroy it rendering it useless and with Typhoon at three it can be dealt with. Out of all the cards that are on the ban list I feel this is this is probably the most powerful card that we could see come back and throw a wrench into everything!

Goyo Guardian
Synchro/Lv 6/ Earth / Warrior/ 2800/2000
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard, you can Special Summon that monster to your side of the field in face-up Defense Position.

One of the strongest synchro monsters ever released found himself on the ban list recently, but I think it’s time to unleash this warrior back into the fray. Extra deck space is already tight as it is and Goyo coming back will make players have to choose even more carefully what they need to include in their deck. In the game right now XYZ are just absolutely dominating and synchro summoning has almost fallen by the wayside. If Goyo were to try and steal an XYZ monster, it would have no material and be almost useless on their field. At the time when he was banned it made a lot of sense because of how synchro monsters were being abused, but that time has come and pass and I think we should see our fallen warrior return alive.

Magician of Faith
Lv1/Light/Spellcaster/ 300/400
FLIP: Add 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard to your hand.

When this card was banned there were spell cards such as Pot of Greed, Delinquent Duo, Graceful Charity, and Harpie’s Feather Duster. Now there are only a couple of power spells in the game so a flipped Magician of Faith won’t be as devastating. This card is slow and I don’t think it would see play in a majority of decks right now. I really see no reason why this card is banned right now.

Royal Oppression
Continuous Trap Card
Either player can pay 800 Life Points to negate the Special Summon of a monster(s), and/or an effect that Special Summons a monster(s), and destroy those cards.

As much trouble as this card has given me in the past, I think the game needs this card to come back to one. There is a catch with this card coming off the ban list. The only way I want to see this card come back is if they do something to make Inzektors weaker because this card would be absolutely devastating in Inzektor against a majority of the field. Royal Oppression would be a solid answer to wind-ups and any other deck that revolves around special summoning. With Mystical Space Typhoon at three and Heavy Storm being legal I feel there are enough cards out there to deal with Oppression.

Conclusion: In less than a month a new Forbidden and Limited list will be released defining the game of Yugioh for the next six months. Out of all the cards that are forbidden there are a few I feel have the highest chance of coming back. It’s always important to stock up on cards you think might be coming off the list so you don’t get caught off guard and have to spend a lot of money on a card that used to be worthless.

Thank you for reading! Stay Tuned for next week for Part 2 of my Forbidden and Limited discussion. I am going to be talking about what cards I feel should be limited/restricted/forbidden to help get this game into a balanced and fun state for everyone! Don’t forget to answer the question of the article!

-Billy Brake
-YCS Toronto and Columbus Champion