March 2009 Forbidden/Limited List (OCG) Revealed | The Irish Duelist

March 2009 Forbidden/Limited List (OCG) Revealed

No need for an intro, I'll get right to it:









Changes to the Forbidden/Limited List (OCG) for March-September 2009
Forbidden Cards 「禁止カード」:
none

Restriction Cards 「制限カード」:
Chaos Sorcerer 「カオス・ソーサラー」 
Gladial-Beast Bestorourii 「剣闘獣ベストロウリィ」 (Gladiator Beast Bestiari) 
Goyou Guardian 「ゴヨウ・ガーディアン」 (Goyo Guardian)
Zombie Carrier 「ゾンビキャリア」 (Plaguespreader Zombie)
Dark Armed Dragon 「ダーク・アームド・ドラゴン」 
Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Boundary 「氷結界の龍 ブリューナク」 
Mezuki 「馬頭鬼」 
Urgent Teleport 「緊急テレポート」 (Emergency Teleport)
Card of Safe Return 「生還の宝札」 
Reinforcement of the Army 「増援」

Semi-Restriction Cards 「準制限カード」:
Goblin Zombie 「ゴブリンゾンビ」 
D-Hero - Diabolic Guy 「D-HERO ディアボリックガイ」 (Destiny Hero - Malicious)
Raiza the Storm Monarch 「風帝ライザー」 
Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest 「森の番人グリーン・バブーン」 
Destiny Draw 「デステニー・ドロー」
Gold Sarcophagus 「封印の黄金櫃」 
Allure of Darkness 「闇の誘惑」 
Ultimate Offering 「血の代償」 
Mind Crush 「マインドクラッシュ」

No longer restricted 「準制限」:
Manticore of Darkness 「暗黒のマンティコア」 
Twin-Headed Behemoth 「ドル・ドラ」 
Phantom of Chaos 「ファントム・オブ・カオス」 
Book of Moon 「月の書」 
Nobleman of Crossout 「抹殺の使徒」


Sources:
Upper Deck Forums
Manjyomethunder
Shriek OCG


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My initial thoughts, card by card:

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Forbidden Cards 「禁止カード」:
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none
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Big surprise here, I believe that this is the first time since cards have been banned that nothing new has been added to the list. I honestly thought that Crush Card Virus would go this time as it is the most powerful card in the game right now and wrecks so many decks. Nothing else warranted banning in my opinion.
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Restriction Cards 「制限カード」:
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Chaos Sorcerer 「カオス・ソーサラー」 
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A very interesting move. Players that could not afford Dark Armed Dragon before might be able to use this now. It's also an auto-in in Lightsworn and could give Twilight decks a but more bite. I never played in a format where Sorcerer was legal I started in the format after it got banned) so it will be a new experience for me personally, but right now, I see it as my Dark Armed Dragon replacement, even if I'm not running TeleDaD anymore.

Gladial-Beast Bestorourii 「剣闘獣ベストロウリィ」 (Gladiator Beast Bestiari)
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If this didn't happen Gladiator Beasts would be without a doubt the best deck for the next 6 months. Some will not bother with the deck at all now, others will play on, hoping the card central to their strategy does not get Bottomlessed or Crowed.

Goyou Guardian 「ゴヨウ・ガーディアン」 (Goyo Guardian)
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For its level, it's an overpowered card. That 2800 ATK causes so many problems when you consider that the only synchros that are stronger are Colossal Fighter and Red Dragon Archfiend. It's a fair limit in my opinion, and won't affect too many players. Even TeleDaD players were only bringing him out once per game as they went for LV8 synchros more often.

Zombie Carrier 「ゾンビキャリア」 (Plaguespreader Zombie)
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Best tuner in the game, and given the incredible abusability of its Zombie status, a worthy limitation. Still very playable at one but Zombie synchro decks lost their trump card.

Dark Armed Dragon 「ダーク・アームド・ドラゴン」
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Had to happen, it's the best (legal) monster in the game in my opinion. Even though it's my favourite card I can't complain with its limitation. I just have to find a way to offload my spare copy now.
 
Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Boundary 「氷結界の龍 ブリューナク」 
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I don't play OCG, but from what I hear, this card made Zombie decks more powerful than TeleDaD is over here in the TCG. Crazy monster for a LV6 synchro.

Mezuki 「馬頭鬼」
-
More of an OCG problem and a pre-emptive strike on TCG decks which would have abused this as much as anything else. Worth the limit.
 
Urgent Teleport 「緊急テレポート」 (Emergency Teleport)
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Was bound to happen. This card MADE TeleDaD the force it is today and almost broke the synchro mechanic. By the end of the format TeleDaD players were only running 1 on average anyways so it didn't hurt them too much.

Card of Safe Return 「生還の宝札」
-
Another Zombie hit, but given Mezuki and Plaguespreader's limitations, I don't think this was also needed.
 
Reinforcement of the Army 「増援」
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The best searcher in the game (or at least on par with Gold Sarcophagus) and one of the cornerstones of TeleDaD and certain Anti-Meta decks. It was incredibly good at 3, almost as good at 2, now at one it's fair.
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Semi-Restriction Cards 「準制限カード」:
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Goblin Zombie 「ゴブリンゾンビ」 
-
Zombie decks could run 3 Witch of the Black Forest (pretty much) before this semi-limit came down. It's another OCG-related semi-limit that wont' affect us too much over here in the TCG, and one that was fairly warranted in my opinion.

D-Hero - Diabolic Guy 「D-HERO ディアボリックガイ」 (Destiny Hero - Malicious)
-
Had to be done. With TeleDaD's ease of getting out LV8 synchros, and the potential Monarch abuse in this new format, the best (legal) destiny hero in the game had to get cut down. With no Disk Commander about, it's hard to tell if people will even bother with the Destiny engine anymore now that there's only 2 Malicious. People may begin to run Destiny Hero - Fear Monger in the hopes of getting that 'third Malicious' back but for many, the engine is useless now.

Raiza the Storm Monarch 「風帝ライザー」
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Interesting move. Raiza is by far the best Monarch in the game and this change is causing all sorts of Monarch hype already, just under 12 hours after the list was revealed. It's hard to tell if Monarchs will be as good as people believe them to be again, but we'll see soon enough.
 
Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest 「森の番人グリーン・バブーン」 
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I don't know what to make of this. Maybe the card is just not that good anymore, or maybe a whole new decktype can be built around it. The fact that you can cycle 2 Baboons now will get deckbuilders thinking about how to abuse it no doubt.

Destiny Draw 「デステニー・ドロー」
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I don't see the point of this personally. Destiny Hero - Malicious is already semi-limited (along with other limits above) so TeleDaD players have lost a lot of speed already. Outside of pitching Malicious there is nothing too powerful about Destiny Draw anymore.

Gold Sarcophagus 「封印の黄金櫃」
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Gold Sarcophagus wasn't that great during the TeleDaD format in my opinion. By the time you got the card you wanted you'd have either lost the game, or the gamestate would be so different that the card would be useless to you now. Now that the format will (seemingly) slow down, this card has gained a lot of power and at 2, is a very potent card indeed. The fact that it's the major selling point of Gold Series 2 may have been the major motivating factor though.
 
Allure of Darkness 「闇の誘惑」 
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It's been at 2 before in an attempt to slow down that particular format, and it's the same reason here. It's a great card at 3, and is still quite good at 2. The semi-limit helps slow down the format quite a bit in my opinion.

Ultimate Offering 「血の代償」 
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I've only ever seen this used well in Gigaplant OTK decks and considering nothing of theirs got hit on this list, this gives the deck a boost. I don't think it will be enough to drive the deck to the top tables, but it's a start nonetheless.

Mind Crush 「マインドクラッシュ」
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I can't say much about this personally. It shouldn't post too many problems, and with Lightsworn's usual tactics of 'dump and return', it does help against them a little.
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No longer restricted 「準制限」:
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Manticore of Darkness 「暗黒のマンティコア」
-
With Card of Safe Return at one the loop is pretty much dead so this is safe to go back to 3.
 
Twin-Headed Behemoth 「ドル・ドラ」 
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I've no problem with this at 3, even though it's the most talked about card on this list. I expect a new ruling, or an OCG ruling, to come into place in the TCG to sort out the confusing issues that this card has in multiples.

Phantom of Chaos 「ファントム・オブ・カオス」 
-
Didn't do much at 3 to begin with, did nothing at 2, back to 3 now, it's fine.

Book of Moon 「月の書」 
-
Good move in slowing the format down.

Nobleman of Crossout 「抹殺の使徒」
-
Did nothing for the last year or so, so it's fine at 3, but could be tricky with Book of Moon at 3 also.
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One last thing...
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This is the OCG list, meaning that any TCG exclusives are not listed here. As of right now, there is only one card that I'm interested in:



If this card stays at 3 in the TCG, Lightsworn will (initially at least) be the strongest deck in the game. If it's at 2 or even 1, it will be on equal terms with the other top decks that will emerge. We'll find out in about a week or so when the TCG list is officially revealed.

Other than that unresolved issue, I'm quite happy with this list. There is no (obvious) top deck anymore and with no Shonen Jump Championships to influence the masses, we're in for a diverse format hopefully.

-PJ

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