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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Banned Tournament Cards

One of the coolest things about playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is entering tournaments and winning prizes with your dueling skills. But, to be the best you need to know everything about the cards - including which cards are Forbidden or Limited in tournament decks. We have the 411 on what's up with the Chaos Emperor Dragon, the Egyptian God Cards and more!

Why Are Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Limited or Forbidden

Upper Deck and Konami make a ton of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and some of them are so powerful that any cheese-head who manages to get three of them can stick them in a deck and kick butt in almost every duel. To stop this, some cards are Forbidden so nobody can use them and other cards are Limited so you can only have one of each in a deck. This way Yu-Gi-Oh! duels are more about skill than about having all the cards.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game - Forbidden Tournament Cards

These cards are Forbidden, so nobody can use any of them in Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, starting in October 2004:


Forbidden Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards
Chaos Emperor Dragon
Dark Hole
Delinquent Duo
Graceful Charity
Harpie's Feather Duster
Imperial Order
Mirror Force
Monster Reborn
United We Stand
Witch of the Black Forest

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game - Limited Tournament Cards

These cards are Limited, so nobody can use more than one of each in a deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, starting in October 2004:


Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards
Black Luster Soldier
Breaker the Magical Warrior
Butterfly Dagger - Elma
Call of the Haunted
Card Destruction
Change of Heart
Chaos Emperor Dragon
Cyber Jar
Dark Hole
Delinquent Duo
Exiled Force
Exodia the Forbidden One
Fiber Jar
Graceful Charity
Harpie's Feather Duster
Heavy Storm
Imperial Order
Injection Fairy Lily
Left Leg of the Forbidden One
Left Arm of the Forbidden One
Mage Power
Magic Cylinder
Magical Scientist
Mirage of Nightmare
Mirror Force
Monster Reborn
Painful Choice
Pot of Greed
Premature Burial
Reckless Greed
Reflect Bounder
Right Arm of the Forbidden One
Right Leg of the Forbidden One
Ring of Destruction
Sinister Serpent
Snatch Steal
Swords of Revealing Light
The Forceful Sentry
Tribe-Infecting Virus
Twin-Headed Behemoth
United We Stand
Upstart Goblin
Vampire Lord
Witch of the Black Forest

More Info on Forbidden and Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

The list of Forbidden Cards has changed to stop the Chaos/Control deck that won the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2004 Tournament. Almost everybody was using the same deck because the cards were way stronger than any other cards. Now duelists will have to make new deck strategies and different decks will start showing up!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Egyptian God Cards in Tournament Games?

Unfortunately, the Egyptian God Cards have never been allowed in Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments. But, if you duel with your friends, you can use any cards you want, even the Egyptian God Cards, and completely ignore the Forbidden/Limited Card lists.


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