The Yugioh ban list hits needed to stop Monarch/BA/Kozmo Format (that will never actually happen!)

With Yugioh Nationals happening this weekend, it is heavily speculated that the tcg will finally get a change to its Forbidden and Limited list soon afterwards. The 2016 meta has been largely dominated by the following decks in this order:

  1. Extra-Deck Monarchs/Domain Monarchs
  2. Kozmo
  3. PK-Fire (Burning Abyss Phantom Knights)
  4. Pendulums
  5. Demise Decks (Qliphort Demise fielding the best results of late)

I got this list from the results here. This is going to be a list of the cards I want/think need to be hit to open up the meta to new decks. Some of these hits are definite as they would follow recent OCG hits. Let’s get started.



Monarchs have the best draw engine in the game thanks to the card Pantheism of the Monarchs. This card is a free plus 1 that generates more card advantage than any spell not named Card of Demise. Now Monarchs are still a somewhat inconsistent deck. I mean all the “brick” jokes had to start somewhere right? So hitting this card may cripple the consistency of the deck, which is unfortunate as monarchs are widely played for a being budget deck.

The other card in the deck worth hitting (in my opinion) would The Monarch’s Stormforth. This card is just a better Soul Exchange, but it allows Monarchs to accrue card advantage through Ether/Erebus’s effects by tributing the opponent’s monsters. It’s just too powerful a card to stay at 3 as it provides an clean out to almost everything

Now all that being said, the April 2016 banlist in OCG put both Pantheism and Domain of the True Monarchs to 1 each. This not only hurts the consistency of the deck, but it also all kills the Domain lock down version of the deck (which while not favored over extra-deck monarchs is still widely played). It’s safe to say these hits will carry over to the TCG list, the question being when.


PK-Fire (Burning Abyss Phantom Knights)

You know Burning Abyss really needs to die (no jokes intended). I had the whole deck for about a week post premium gold before selling it, what I realized in the short time was that this deck is just too resilient. Dante and Cir are just too powerful a card interaction. This deck has outlived Nekroz, Shaddolls and Stellarknights (pretty much the entire Duelist Alliance era and the few meta decks to follow it). B.A. has been a meta deck since the fall of 2014. No deck in Yugioh should ever remain relevant this long.

Anyway, Dante is going to go to 1 like in OCG. That being said, the deck is still meta with Dante at 1. Not even the printing of Ogre and Winter Cherries could curtail Burning Abyss. I think the only way to actually “kill” Burning Abyss is to ban one of the three decent Malebranches (Graff, Cir or Scram). Now that being said I don’t think this will ever actually happen. The only thing that’s certain is that Dante’s limitation did not kill Burning Abyss in the OCG and that it likely won’t kill it here either.



I’m conflicted on this deck. On the one hand, of all meta-defining ygo decks Pendulums never got their format in the tcg. The emergency banlist/adjusted ban list killed the best version of the deck after about 2 weeks of its release. Now the deck is returning to prominence thanks to the printing of Performapal Odd Eyes Unicorn since it acts as a searchable 8 scale off the card Sky Iris. On the one hand Pendulum Summoning as a mechanic is more powerful than basically anything printed previously, but on the other hand its the future of Yugioh so its in Konami’s interest to promote it.

In OCG Pendulum Sorcerer went to 1. This is probably the only hit needed to weaken the deck without killing it. However, Monkeyboard is also banned in OCG. Despite this the deck is still alive, leading me to believe that this deck is here to stay until pendulums are hopefully phased out.


Demise Decks

All Demise decks are pretty much dependent on Card of Demise to keep up with the other meta decks. If they ban/limit Card of Demise then these decks will all just die. I for one, hope that this doesn’t happen. While I would never want to play against the all traps, floodgate style of gameplay that Card of Demise promotes I like it’s forced some diversity in the format. As long as Twin Twisters exists, no backrow oriented deck can ever be tier 1. Even Qliphort Demise, the most consistent Demise deck has already begun to fade from relevance due to its weakness to Spell/Trap removal. Basically, these decks can be killed off easily, but I hope that they don’t.



So I got into a debate with a friend recently over what cards need to be hit in Kozmo to hopefully weaken the deck. These are the 3 changes I think would help (not all three changes mind you, but one of them):


Kozmo Tincan accrues too much free card advantage (mostly due to the absurd fact that it triggers during both players end phases). He’s replaced Farmgirl as the best pilot and pretty much is the go to card in the whole deck. I mean look at Painful Choice, a card that’s been banned for ages. Tincan is just a slightly worse version of that card folks.

Kozmo Dark Destroyer is just an insult to fair yugioh. Look at your beloved  Blue Eyes White Dragon and then look at Dark Destroyer. This ship has the same attack as Blue Eyes, but it also:

  • destroys a monster when its summoned
  • can’t be targeted by the opponent’s card effects
  • replaces itself on death
  • can be summoned from the hand with tribute during either player’s turn


Compared to Dark Destroyer, Blue Eyes is nothing. Without Utopia the Lightning, there’s no easy way to clear Dark Destroyer either. Though the major problem in the format is that Dark Destroyer is used to destroy itself to extend the Kozmo deck’s plays. This isn’t normal and allows for overly-consistent OTKs. If Dark Destroyer was at 1, there wouldn’t be anymore of this nonsense and Kozmo could just play the value game (which they can already do better than most decks).

Kozmotown is the best field spell card ever printed (really name a better one… please try). It provides magical mallet, recovers banished cards and the of course (the part that makes me rage) it can replace itself with another copy of itself. Kozmotown should never have been printed I would want it banned honestly. Though at 1, it’s probably fine.


Kozmo was the most interesting part of this article since as a tcg exclusive archetype, there’s no precedent for what might happen to it. With SHIV the deck should have all of its intended support so Konami should finally be looking to directly nerf it.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this. Here’s the too long didn’t read of this article or rather my ban list predictions I guess:

Pantheism to 1


Stormforth to 1

Dante to 1

Pendulum Sorcerer to 1

Kozmotown to 1


Dark Destroyer to 1


Tincan to 1


I want to wish my friends at Nats the best of luck. Thanks for reading as always.


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