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Yu-gi-oh :: September 2009 Banlist

This is a big one. Almost every major deck archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh has been downgraded thanks to the latest update of Forbidden and Limited cards. The new list also sees the very first Synchro Monster ban. At the same time, some decks that were previously hampered by the banlist have been revived a bit, as there are plenty of cards that have been removed from the list. Here's a quick summary of the changes:


Denied! Rejected! Forbidden!

The biggest addition to the Forbidden list is the first Synchro Monster to appear on the list, Dark Strike Fighter. This card was incredible to use in tournaments thanks to its high ATK and effect. It could strike for 2600 and then tribute itself to dish out another 1400 damage, a total of 4000 with just one card! Synchro Cat decks were played to summon this: Two Rescue Cats in your hand and Cold Wave mean that you could stun your opponent and then summon two Dark Strike Fighter for a OTK, or One Turn Kill. Thanks to that combo, we now have our first Synchro ban.


Card of Safe Return, Monster Reborn, and Crush Card Virus have also been banned, with Monster Reborn and Crush Card Virus seeing a bit too much use in tournaments. Konami seems to favor themed decks rather than one stuffed with staple cards and so, a fan-favorite, Monster Reborn is gone. Card of Safe Return has been banned in preparation for Zombie decks making a huge return thanks to the other changes below.


How Limiting and Restrictive

Three major monsters join the Limited club that is going to hurt a lot of decks: Rescue Cat, Summoner Monk, and Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind. Being restricted to just one Rescue Cat and one Summoner Monk means that Synchro Cat decks are officially dead. There is not a lot you can do with just one of each. Gale's restriction is going to hurt a lot players as well, especially Blackwings players. Gale's effect and tuning ability made it arguably the best tuner in the game. So good, in fact, that other decks started using Gale, which is probably why it is on the list.

If you still don't think that Synchro Cat is gone, the addition of Cold Wave and Mind Control to the Limited list seals the deal. Also joining the list is Solemn Judgement, which was a powerful catch-all protection card that all players will miss. Call of the Haunted makes a return, coming off its ban, and will help Zombie decks make a return.


Double or Nothing

Two cards have been released from the Limited list and are now only Semi-Limited, which means you can have two instead of just one! Mezuki, one of the best Zombie cards, is back in action and is probably the main reason why people will be looking at using a Zombie deck at Orlando's Shonen Jump Tournament. Chaos Sorceror has also received a lightened sentence, since there are now even more powerful cards available.


Another staple trap card, Bottomless Trap Hole, has been added to the list in general. This will slow down the average game considerably but will encourage players to take more risks, which is a good thing.


Free as a Bird

A lot of cards have managed to get off the list this time around and all of them are notable. Breaker the Magical Warrior is an incredible card to use and should feature prominently in Dark decks. The release of Raiza the Storm Monarch might lead the way for a revival of Monarch Control decks. Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest, might see some play in Lightsworn decks.


Without Further Adieu

A lot of major changes this time around. Synchro Cat is gone and Blackwings have been hampered. Gladiator Beasts were wrecked a bit already from the previous banlist. This leaves Lightsworn on top. Expect to see a lot more people bringing on the light in upcoming tournaments, or at least packing a few Light Imprisoning Mirrors. Check out the list for yourself below:




FORBIDDEN
Card Type Card Name Changes
Monster/Effect BLACK LUSTER SOLDIER - ENVOY OF THE BEGINNING  
Monster/Effect CHAOS EMPEROR DRAGON - ENVOY OF THE END  
Monster/Effect CYBER JAR  
Monster/Effect CYBER-STEIN  
Monster/Effect DARK MAGICIAN OF CHAOS  
Monster/Effect DESTINY HERO - DISK COMMANDER  
Monster/Effect FIBER JAR  
Monster/Effect MAGICAL SCIENTIST  
Monster/Effect MAGICIAN OF FAITH  
Monster/Effect MAKYURA THE DESTRUCTOR  
Monster/Effect SINISTER SERPENT  
Monster/Effect TRIBE-INFECTING VIRUS  
Monster/Effect TSUKUYOMI  
Monster/Effect VICTORY DRAGON  
Monster/Effect WITCH OF THE BLACK FOREST  
Monster/Effect YATA-GARASU  
Monster/Synchro DARK STRIKE FIGHTER New; Forbidden
Monster/Fusion THOUSAND-EYES RESTRICT
Spell BUTTERFLY DAGGER - ELMA
Spell CARD OF SAFE RETURN Limited -> Forbidden
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 MONSTER REBORN Limited -> Forbidden
Spell PAINFUL CHOICE
Spell POT OF GREED
Spell PREMATURE BURIAL
Spell RAIGEKI
Spell SNATCH STEAL
Spell THE FORCEFUL SENTRY
Trap CRUSH CARD VIRUS Limited -> Forbidden
Trap EXCHANGE OF THE SPIRIT
Trap IMPERIAL ORDER
Trap LAST TURN
Trap RING OF DESTRUCTION
Trap TIME SEAL

 

LIMITED (Only One Allowed)
Card Type Card Name Changes
Monster/Effect BLACKWING - GALE THE WHIRLWIND New; Limited
Monster/Effect CARD TROOPER
Monster/Effect CYBER DRAGON
Monster/Effect DANDYLION
Monster/Effect DARK ARMED DRAGON
Monster/Effect ELEMENTAL HERO STRATOS
Monster/Effect EXODIA THE FORBIDDEN ONE
Monster/Effect GLADIATOR BEAST BESTIARI
Monster/Effect GORZ THE EMISSARY OF DARKNESS
Monster/Effect MARSHMALLON
Monster/Effect MIND MASTER New; Limited
Monster/Effect MORPHING JAR
Monster/Effect NEO-SPACIAN GRAND MOLE
Monster/Effect NIGHT ASSAILANT
Monster/Effect PLAGUESPREADER ZOMBIE
Monster/Effect RESCUE CAT Semi-Limited -> Limited
Monster/Effect SANGAN
Monster/Effect SNIPE HUNTER
Monster/Effect SPIRIT REAPER
Monster/Effect SUMMONER MONK Semi-Limited -> Limited
Monster/Effect TREEBORN FROG
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
Monster/Synchro BLACK ROSE DRAGON New; Limited
Monster/Synchro GOYO GUARDIAN
Monster/Ritual DEMISE, KING OF ARMAGEDDON New; Limited
Spell ADVANCED RITUAL ART
Spell BRAIN CONTROL
Spell CARD DESTRUCTION
Spell COLD WAVE New; Limited
Spell EMERGENCY TELEPORT
Spell FUTURE FUSION
Spell GIANT TRUNADE
Spell HEAVY STORM
Spell LEVEL LIMIT - AREA B
Spell LIMITER REMOVAL
Spell MEGAMORPH
Spell MIND CONTROL New; Limited
Spell MONSTER GATE
Spell MYSTICAL SPACE TYPHOON
Spell ONE FOR ONE New; Limited
Spell OVERLOAD FUSION
Spell REASONING
Spell REINFORCEMENT OF THE ARMY
Spell SCAPEGOAT
Spell SMASHING GROUND
Spell SWORDS OF REVEALING LIGHT
Spell UNITED WE STAND
Trap CALL OF THE HAUNTED Forbidden -> Limited
Trap CEASEFIRE
Trap GRAVITY BIND
Trap MAGIC CYLINDER
Trap MIRROR FORCE
Trap OJAMA TRIO
Trap RETURN FROM THE DIFFERENT DIMENSION
Trap SOLEMN JUDGMENT New; Limited
Trap THE TRANSMIGRATION PROPHECY
Trap TORRENTIAL TRIBUTE
Trap TRAP DUSTSHOOT
Trap WALL OF REVEALING LIGHT

 

SEMI-LIMITED (Maximum two)
Card Type Card Name Changes
Monster/Effect CHAOS SORCERER Limited -> Semi-Limited
Monster/Effect DESTINY HERO - MALICIOUS
Monster/Effect GOBLIN ZOMBIE
Monster/Effect JUDGMENT DRAGON
Monster/Effect LONEFIRE BLOSSOM New; Semi-Limited
Monster/Effect MASK OF DARKNESS
Monster/Effect MEZUKI Limited -> Semi-Limited
Monster/Effect NECROFACE
Spell ALLURE OF DARKNESS
Spell CHAIN STRIKE
Spell FOOLISH BURIAL
Spell GOLD SARCOPHAGUS
Spell MAGICAL STONE EXCAVATION
Trap BOTTOMLESS TRAP HOLE New; Semi-Limited
Trap MIND CRUSH
Trap ULTIMATE OFFERING

 

NOT RESTRICTED
Card Type Card Name Changes
Monster/Effect BREAKER THE MAGICAL WARRIOR Limited -> No longer on list
Monster/Effect D. D. WARRIOR LADY Limited -> No longer on list
Monster/Effect GREEN BABOON, DEFENDER OF THE FOREST Semi-Limited -> No longer on list
Monster/Effect RAIZA THE STORM MONARCH Semi-Limited -> No longer on list
Spell DESTINY DRAW Semi-Limited -> No longer on list
Spell FISSURE Limited -> No longer on list

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