September 2011 Forbidden/Limited List

On August 16, 2011, in Yu-Gi-Oh! Articles, by Earl Allen

I hate August. I really do. It’s the time of year where the sweltering New England heat is at its peak, there’s no holidays where one can chillax, and there are hundreds of fake Forbidden/Limited Lists going around the internet. And this year, August is just one ****storm after another, what with Xyz Rulings in favor of Sangan and Reborn Tengu, and the administrative scandal currently happening over in the Janime Community Forums.

But enough ranting, we all know why we’re hear today, and that’s to discuss the Forbidden/Limited List for the September 2011 format. And hooboy is it a doozy. A few weeks ago, I posted another article stating my predictions on what would happen. For simplicity’s sake, this is what I predicted:

Forbidden: Plaguespreader Zombie
Limited: Tsukuyomi, Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning, Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier, Formula Synchron, T.G. Hyper Librarian, Treeborn Frog, Ultimate Offering
Semi-Limited: Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner, Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier, Marshmallon, Reborn Tengu
Unlimited: Bottomless Trap Hole, Mystical Space Typhoon, Megamorph


And now, here’s what really happened. We’ll be going bottom-up this time, starting with the Unlimited cards:


Don't fear the reaper.

Judgment Dragon: I said that my choice for Lumina was to give Lightsworn a little extra kick. Doing this instead isn’t a kick. It’s a freaking boot to the head! Never did I expect the nuke-dragon to come back to three!
Spirit Reaper: Instead of giving us a second Marshmallon, they give us a third Reaper. I can’t see the reasoning behind this except for the fact that with the Dark World Structure Deck lurking around the corner, this guy isn’t as strong with his discard effect. Still gives Stall Decks more meat, though.
Overload Fusion: Something I overlooked in my prediction article. This, like Megamorph, suffers from “V-Lord Syndrome”. Still a powerful card, though.
Mystical Space Typhoon: I should note that I was joking when I made this prediction. But Konami went and did anyway!
Megamorph: Speaking of Megamorph, another successful prediction. “V-Lord Syndrome” strikes again!
Gravity Bind: This is clearly Konami’s way of promoting Xyz Monsters, since they’re immune to this card. It also gives Stall Decks more power than ever.
Icarus Attack: Blackwings haven’t honestly been doing much since Konami clipped their wings in March. This gives them something to work with until they decide to start pulling Blackwings out of the 5Ds Manga.

Final Score: 2/3 successful predictions.


After a near-decade of waiting…

Summoner Monk: Another card I was surprised to see move around. This feels like another move to promote Xyz Monsters.
Tragoedia: Yet another surprise to me. I honestly can’t think of anything to say about the reasoning behind this move.
Necro Gardna: Another helpful move for Lightsworns, but that’s about it, honestly.
Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier: As I previously stated, the OTK caused the neutering of this card without crippling Fusion Monsters in general.
Destiny Draw: A little something to help out Destiny HEROs it seems. Honestly, it didn’t deserve it’s Limited status.
Swords of Revealing Light: Holy hell, I did not see this coming. This card hasn’t been Semi-Limited since May 2002! Stall Decks will be having a field day this format for sure.
Mind Crush: Feels like a push for Dark World, though I can’t say for certain.
Call of the Haunted: I…uh…what? Is this “V-Lord Syndrome” in effect here?

Final score: 1/4 successful predictions.


Back in black! Black Luster that is!

Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning: They did it. They actually did it. Whelp, see you folks in six months!
Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En: I never expected them to hit Six Samurais this way, though it IS cheap with multiples out.
T.G. Hyper Librarian: Called it.
Debris Dragon: Actually saw this one coming. It slows the Plant engine down a lot.
Formula Synchron: Called it.
Lonefire Blossom: Again, the Plant engine is effectively dead as of now.
Heavy Storm: They brought it back? Hallelujah!
Primal Seed: Konami taking a preemptive strike, it seems. Then again, being able to get back ANY two banished cards is rather broken, especially when you consider the fact that, with Macro Cosmos in play, you can loop them.
Shien’s Smoke Signal: Another strike to Six Samurais. Then again, with RotA Limited, why should this be Unlimited?
Pot of Avarice: And with this, the Plant engine IS dead.

Final scoring: 3/7 successful predictions (4/7 if you count Trishula for TCG)


Flushed down the toilet.

Fishborg Blaster: Honestly, I didn’t see this one happening. Though, it’s a better alternative to putting Treeborn back on the Limited List, I suppose.
Mind Master: Part of me is sad that he’s gone, but the other part of me understands why he’s gone. If you can make 3 different OTKs function, something is wrong.
Giant Trunade: So we lose this to get Heavy back? Eh, I guess getting three Typhoons evens it out.
Royal Oppression: Was this card really that problematic? Either that or it’s Konami saying “Don’t stop your opponent’s Xyz Summons!”…

Final scoring: 0/1 successful predictions

Final verdict: I’m surprised at what happened to about half of this list. Cards came back unexpectedly, cards went as expected. Though I’m surprised Konami didn’t do anything to Ultimate Offering, obviously another ploy to promote Xyz Monsters, even if it is through a broken decktype. Though I can see how it wouldn’t help in the TCG, what with the only Rank 4 Xyz we have currently are Utopia and Zenmaister, while the OCG has a ton more that we won’t be seeing until Hidden Arsenal 6. All I can say is that I can expect Twilight to rule once again, and Stall Decks will make a comeback with their new toys. Until then, this is MystikX, signing out.


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