Preparing for the new format!

To the average Yu-Gi-Oh player, the Forbidden/Limited list release is like crack. Everyone wants to know what’s on it. People even go as far to make fake list with Photoshop to try and trick others. But the thing is, once the Forbidden/Limited list is confirmed, what comes next is a process every TCG player is familiar with. Testing!

Everyone puts together new decks, test new cards, theories, all trying to make the next "big thing", and chances are if you’re reading this, you're one of those people too. This is an important process in which even I have been participating in as well, and if it's one thing I know I'm good at, it's identifying cards which will excel in the current environment. So to help you all out, I'm going to let you in on some of those cards!


For awhile, Trap Stun was very popular, but lost favor because almost every deck was running 2 to 3 copies of Book of Moon. Now that the fabulous Quick Play Spell is Limited, players must now resort back to Trap Cards to deal with opponents monsters.

With this change, Trap Stun is bound to make a huge resurgence. This card will almost single handedly shut down your opponents defensive cards, allowing you to make giant pushes or plays without fear of cards like Bottomless Trap Hole, Torrential Tribute, or Solemn Warning.

Expect this card to be very popular in X-Saber and Gladiator Beast decks specifically seeing as they both have monsters, XX-Saber Hyunlei and Gladiator Beast Gyzarus, which can destroy your back rows, and with Trap Stun active, you will be unable to do anything about them!


This card was already fairly huge prior to this format, but now expect to see this in even more decks! Now that Book of Moon has been Limited to 1, it can be very difficult to shut down your opponents monsters outside of Trap Cards, and with the increased use of Trap Stun, you’re going to need something that won’t be negated to stop those pesky monster effects.

Effect Veiler will handle those situations perfectly, stopping huge plays in their tracks and preventing your opponent from gaining the upper hand. Halting cards like Debris Dragon, Chaos Sorcerer, Caius the Shadow Monarch, XX-Saber Boggart Knight and Faultroll, and Gladiator Beast Gyzarus.

All those cards are going to have an enormous impact on the upcoming Metagame, and letting your opponent resolve the effects of those monsters could very well result in their win, so it’s important to keep in mind that Effect Veiler is an amazing choice to counteract these cards.


Although a Trap Card, this card is already seeing play in players' decks for the New Format. Back on the Semi Limited list is the infamous Card Trooper (Remember the Troop Dupe n Scoop nightmares!?) a floater monster which can increase its attack to a mighty 1900. You won’t want to use cards like Mirror Force, or Torrential Tribute to deal with Card Trooper, because doing so will just let your opponent draw a card when Trooper is destroyed, effectively making you take a minus 1 in card advantage. Dimensional Prison is much better for this situation, removing Trooper from play and preventing your opponent from drawing a card.

Since X-Sabers and Plants will still be very popular, you will often be faced against Recruiter Monsters, like XX-Saber Emmersblade and Mystic Tomato. These cards can be a pain, because attacking them would let your opponent search their deck for a perfect monster for the situation. So instead of attacking them, you can let your opponent attack you with them, and just Dimensional Prison them away worry free! This card is also effective against Gladiator Beasts. Since all Gladiator Beast monsters need to attack in order to get their benefits, Prison is awesome to deal with them permanently, removing them and stopping your opponent from getting them back with Gladiator Beast Equeste.

Now this next card really isn’t a "tech card" or a card really like the others, but it’s a card that has recently been overlooked. I've been testing it again and have fallen in love all over again!


This card was once known among many players, as the best playable Trap Card in the game. Opening with this card gave you such a huge advantage over the opponent, that many people wanted it Banned. But then the day came where Heavy Storm was Banned, and every one and their mother set their hands! Now, Heavy Storm may still be Banned, but players have begun to realize that setting everything isn’t the best thing to do. With Plants using Black Rose Dragon, Gladiator Beast using Gyzarus and Bestiari, and X-Sabers using Hyunlei, setting too many cards could end in disastrous results for you.

So with people keeping a good amount of cards in their hand, it’s safe to assume that Trap Dustshoot is quite the amazing card again. It is still the case where, if you open up with it, the game will be infinitely easier for you to win. It will let you get rid of your opponent’s monster which causes the most threat, and allow you to know all of their cards in their hand, which then lets you play around everything they have!

Another thing I’ve come to like is playing this card in any Deck maining multiples of Pot of Duality. I can’t list the number of times lately where I opened with a Duality, and revealed this card. Not only is it great for you, but it’s pretty awesome to see your opponents disheartened expression when they realize you just majorly hindered them.

These are only some of the cards that will see major play during this Forbidden/Limited list. Some which may have not even been brought into light yet, so keep on building, keep on testing; keep on dueling, because that’s really only efficient way to effectively get better at the game, and make your deck stronger. Believe me, its how I got to where I am today!




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