Yugioh July 2015 Forbidden & Limited Update/ARG Format, Can they even do that? What the heck?

There are a lot of things I want to discuss and I’d want to go to sleep earlier tonight in preparation to staying up all night tonight at the Magic Origins Pre-Release tomorrow (which is one of the things I’d like to talk about). I’ll try to be short and informative, also I’ll be breaking this into multiple posts, each specific to the game I’d be discussing.

Yugioh Forbidden & Limited Update – July 2

Konami still has not posted their changes to the April Banlist. You can read the brief article here on the Konami blog. Put bluntly and simply the author is arguing that working under the monthly deadlines was hurting their “flexibility” and that by abolishing the deadlines they could do their job better.

So what does this mean?

Well on the positive side Konami can now fix any issue affecting the yugioh game as soon as the issue comes up. This is what might be called an “Emergency Ban”.

However, this is also a huge blow to the Yugioh community (the storm of Youtube banlist prediction videos for example) and its card pricing. Typically the prices of cards tend to drop when the ban list draws near since the vendors/players want to get full value for their cards before a potential ban. Now that we don’t know when the list will take place, we have no way of selling cards before they get banned/limited.

That being said Konami’s goal is to sell product, not maintain the secondary market. I think this could be a good thing, but I remain skeptical until I see how the next 2 ban list cycles go.

This brings us to our next topic

ARG Format

Alter Reality Games, one of the larger card vendors has created their own Yugioh ban list (legal currently for their next 3 events). You can view their list and read the related article here. I’d give it a read as it’s fairly interesting. Again put both bluntly and simply ARG assembled a large group of players & judges to vote on which cards should be banned/limited. Now I’ve heard a lot of approval and loathing for this concept. Before I go on here’s the actual list of banned/limited/unlimited cards:

Djinn Releaser of Rituals
Fusion Gate
Lavalval Chain
Nekroz of Trishula
Royal Magical Library
Vanity’s Emptiness
Restricted to 1:
Cir, Malbrance of the Burning Abyss
El Shaddoll Construct
El-Shaddoll Fusion
Elemental Hero Bubbleman
Elemental Hero Stratos
Instant Fusion
Nekroz of Unicore
Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
Restricted to 2:
Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
Dragon Ravine
Inzektor Hornet
Rescue Rabbit
Summoner’s Art
Torrential Tribute
Wind-Up Magician
No Longer Restricted:
Chaos Sorcerer
Dark Hole
Glow-up Bulb
Sacred Sword of Seven Stars

A lot of these cards are decent hits in my opinion. Even as a Nekroz fan I can understand their limitations on the deck. I think banning Trishula is a harsh hit, BUT that Nerkoz can still survive with offensive ability of both Gungnir and Decisive Armor since there was little reason to run multiple of either before now. However, the major issue I have with this list, as do my friends is that Qliphorts aren’t hit enough and that Tellerknights aren’t hit at all. This means that while Nekroz, Burning Abyss and Shaddolls have all been rightly weakened, these 2 decks may become dominant against the weakened big 3.

Now I think this is interesting. I think a vendor/tournament organizer trying to radically alter the Yugioh meta could be cool for the game’s history. ARG seems confident that they can make a banlist that will keep the player base content and I can’t think of any reason why Konami would want to stop them. This is likely going to do some weird things to the Yugioh secondary market though. For example, Elemental Hero Stratos is legal under ARG, but also banned under Konami. So with this in mind, what happens to the price of Stratos?

Sadly only time can tell. For all we know ARG is going to immediately start selling Stratos, Wind-Ups and the like to make a quick buck before abandoning this idea. I for one want to believe ARG is trying to improve the yugioh competitive experience.

Anyway, that was all I wanted to talk about related to Yugioh. On a personal note though I bought some more copies of Nekroz of Valkyrus.


I have 2 now and I have a 3rd in the mail. After Nekroz lost in both the American and European WCQ (to Burning Abyss and Shaddolls respectively), the price of Valk dropped like a rock. I’m got the first Valk for $30 and the 2nd for $26. I can honestly see Nekroz cards dropping even more so if you’ve been waiting to pick up the deck now may be the time. Anyway, that’s enough about Yugioh for one night, let’s talk about Magic!


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