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Yu-gi-oh :: March 2009 Banlist

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If you are planning to attend a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament, better make sure that your deck is legal first! Almost all tournaments follows the Advanced format, which has many forbidden and limited cards. Forbidden cards are not allowed anywhere near your deck. Limited cards are those that you can only have one of in your deck and Semi-Limited are those that you can only have two of in your deck, instead of the usual three.


Cards are banned in order to keep the game interesting. Without these lists, tournament matches will just be a game of luck: whoever draws the super powerful card first will win. In some cases, if both players get a strong starting hand, it might even be whoever goes first wins. This is no fun for players and observers. Instead, the banlist forces players to be creative and to strategize while playing, which keeps the game interesting in the long run.


There is also the Traditional format of Duel Monsters, which has no forbidden cards. Those that are forbidden are considered to be limited instead under the Traditional format. If you are playing with your friends, be sure that you all agree on which ruleset you are following in order to prevent arguments later on!


The banlist is constantly updated and changed. Some cards that are forbidden now may become limited in the future and vice versa. Kidzworld.com will be sure to keep you updated on these changes! Below is the most current update, which came into effect starting March 2009.


FORBIDDEN

Card Type Card Name Changes
Effect/Monster BLACK LUSTER SOLDIER - ENVOY OF THE BEGINNING
Effect/Monster CHAOS EMPEROR DRAGON - ENVOY OF THE END
Effect/Monster CYBER JAR
Effect/Monster CYBER-STEIN
Effect/Monster DARK MAGICIAN OF CHAOS
Effect/Monster DESTINY HERO - DISK COMMANDER
Effect/Monster FIBER JAR
Effect/Monster MAGICAL SCIENTIST
Effect/Monster MAGICIAN OF FAITH
Effect/Monster MAKYURA THE DESTRUCTOR
Effect/Monster SINISTER SERPENT
Effect/Monster TRIBE-INFECTING VIRUS
Effect/Monster TSUKUYOMI
Effect/Monster VICTORY DRAGON
Effect/Monster WITCH OF THE BLACK FOREST
Effect/Monster YATA-GARASU
Fusion/Monster THOUSAND-EYES RESTRICT
Spell BUTTERFLY DAGGER - ELMA
Spell CHANGE OF HEART
Spell CONFISCATION
Spell DARK HOLE
Spell DELINQUENT DUO
Spell DIMENSION FUSION
Spell GRACEFUL CHARITY
Spell HARPIE'S FEATHER DUSTER
Spell LAST WILL
Spell METAMORPHOSIS
Spell MIRAGE OF NIGHTMARE
Spell PAINFUL CHOICE
Spell POT OF GREED
Spell PREMATURE BURIAL
Spell RAIGEKI
Spell SNATCH STEAL
Spell THE FORCEFUL SENTRY
Trap CALL OF THE HAUNTED
Trap EXCHANGE OF THE SPIRIT
Trap IMPERIAL ORDER
Trap LAST TURN
Trap RING OF DESTRUCTION
Trap TIME SEAL

 

LIMITED

Card Type Card Name Changes
Effect/Monster BREAKER THE MAGICAL WARRIOR
Effect/Monster CARD TROOPER
Effect/Monster CHAOS SORCERER Forbidden -> Limited
Effect/Monster CYBER DRAGON
Effect/Monster D. D. WARRIOR LADY
Effect/Monster DANDYLION
Effect/Monster DARK ARMED DRAGON Semi-Limited -> Limited
Effect/Monster ELEMENTAL HERO STRATOS
Effect/Monster EXODIA THE FORBIDDEN ONE
Effect/Monster GLADIATOR BEAST BESTIARI NEW; Limited
Effect/Monster GORZ THE EMISSARY OF DARKNESS
Effect/Monster MARSHMALLON
Effect/Monster MEZUKI NEW; Limited
Effect/Monster MORPHING JAR
Effect/Monster NEO-SPACIAN GRAND MOLE
Effect/Monster NIGHT ASSAILANT
Effect/Monster PLAGUESPREADER ZOMBIE NEW; Limited
Effect/Monster SANGAN
Effect/Monster SNIPE HUNTER
Effect/Monster SPIRIT REAPER
Effect/Monster TREEBORN FROG
Synchro/Monster GOYO GUARDIAN NEW; Limited
Monster LEFT ARM OF THE FORBIDDEN ONE
Monster LEFT LEG OF THE FORBIDDEN ONE
Monster RIGHT ARM OF THE FORBIDDEN ONE
Monster RIGHT LEG OF THE FORBIDDEN ONE
Spell ADVANCED RITUAL ART
Spell BRAIN CONTROL
Spell CARD DESTRUCTION
Spell CARD OF SAFE RETURN Semi-Limited -> Limited
Spell EMERGENCY TELEPORT NEW; Limited
Spell FISSURE
Spell FUTURE FUSION
Spell GIANT TRUNADE
Spell HEAVY STORM
Spell LEVEL LIMIT - AREA B
Spell LIMITER REMOVAL
Spell MEGAMORPH
Spell MONSTER GATE
Spell MONSTER REBORN
Spell MYSTICAL SPACE TYPHOON
Spell OVERLOAD FUSION
Spell REASONING
Spell REINFORCEMENT OF THE ARMY NEW; Limited
Spell SCAPEGOAT
Spell SMASHING GROUND
Spell SWORDS OF REVEALING LIGHT
Spell UNITED WE STAND
Trap CEASEFIRE
Trap CRUSH CARD VIRUS
Trap GRAVITY BIND
Trap MAGIC CYLINDER
Trap MIRROR FORCE
Trap OJAMA TRIO
Trap RETURN FROM THE DIFFERENT DIMENSION
Trap THE TRANSMIGRATION PROPHECY
Trap TORRENTIAL TRIBUTE
Trap TRAP DUSTSHOOT
Trap WALL OF REVEALING LIGHT

 

SEMI-LIMITED

Card Type Card Name Changes
Effect/Monster DESTINY HERO - MALICIOUS NEW; Semi-Limited
Effect/Monster GOBLIN ZOMBIE NEW; Semi-Limited
Effect/Monster GREEN BABOON, DEFENDER OF THE FOREST Limited -> Semi-Limited
Effect/Monster JUDGMENT DRAGON
Effect/Monster MASK OF DARKNESS
Effect/Monster NECROFACE
Effect/Monster RAIZA THE STORM MONARCH Limited -> Semi-Limited
Effect/Monster RESCUE CAT
Effect/Monster SUMMONER MONK NEW
Spell ALLURE OF DARKNESS NEW; Semi-Limited
Spell CHAIN STRIKE
Spell DESTINY DRAW NEW; Semi-Limited
Spell FOOLISH BURIAL
Spell GOLD SARCOPHAGUS Limited -> Semi-Limited
Spell MAGICAL STONE EXCAVATION
Trap MIND CRUSH Limited -> Semi-Limited
Trap ULTIMATE OFFERING Limited -> Semi-Limited

 

NO LONGER LIMITED

Card Type Card Name Changes
Effect/Monster MANTICORE OF DARKNESS Semi-Limited -> No Longer Limited
Effect/Monster PHANTOM OF CHAOS Semi-Limited -> No Longer Limited
Effect/Monster TWIN-HEADED BEHEMOTH Limited -> No Longer Limited
Spell BOOK OF MOON Semi-Limited -> No Longer Limited
Spell NOBLEMAN OF CROSSOUT Semi-Limited -> No Longer Limited


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