Forbidden/Limited List & Skill Balance

Forbidden/Limited List Update

The Forbidden/Limited List will be updated on December 11th with a new card added to the list:

Top Player Council Thoughts


This banlist does not drastically change the meta but instead removes its most of the unhealthy aspects.

Invoked Cocytus is essentially a floodgate for many decks, and while Limiting it does not mean a deck unable to out Cocytus can suddenly out Cocytus, teching in a singular out is now sufficient to not lose to Invoked stalling towards deckout.

The semi-limits to Invoked Magellanica and Assault Blackwing - Raikiri the Rain Shower do not kill their respective decks, but instead means Invoked and Blackwings can only run 1 Semi-Limited card (typically Treacherous Trap Hole) instead of 2.

Kiteroid was not a very good card, but it proved very annoying to deal with for many low and mid level players; similarly to Neos Fusion and Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli this follows a trend of annoying cards getting hit by the Banlist even if they are not overpowered/oppressive.

Possibly the best change to come out of this Banlist, semi-limiting Concentrating Current was a great decision by Konami. Current in a 4000 Life Point format is incredibly unhealthy as it promotes uninteractive and low-skill play.

Iron Core of Koa’ki Meiru to 2 and Diamond Core of Koa’ki Meiru to 3 means the deck can once again sack, but now that Neos Fusion is also semi-limited there are not many homes to put the Koa’ki engine in. Both The Sanctified Darklord and Elementsaber Molehu can both interrupt Koa’ki from establishing an OTK, but a deck using the more potent aspects of the deck is not implausible.

Spellbook of Eternity to 3 does not solve Spellbooks’ major weaknesses to the current meta; without Light and Dark, Spellbooks do not have a reliable method of getting Silent Magician with Spellbook of Fate live on their first turn; The Sanctified Darklord stopping Spellbook Magician of Prophecy from searching hurts; Elementsaber Molehu flipping down either Silent Magician or Silent Magician LV8 is difficult to deal with; Blackwings with Sealed Tombs can easily break boards.


A lot of the hits on the banlist are interesting and while they won’t quite kill any deck (outside of Invoked Roids) they definitely weaker them in multiple aspects.

Since Konami seemingly won’t ever ban Treacherous Trap Hole, they’re doing their best job semi-limiting cards to make it unplayable. This time they hit Invoked Magellanica and Assault Blackwing - Raikiri the Rain Shower. Despite this, just running 1 of these and your other semi-limit of choice is still a strong option, since they’re both Extra Deck cards.

Invoked Cocytus to 1 is another slight hit but it’ll make stuff easier for some decks which previously struggled with Invoked being able to pump out this card turn after turn. Also this can matter in more grindy games, especially if you choose to only play 1 Invoked Magellanica.

As previously mentioned, the Invoked Roids deck is just unplayable now. Kiteroid and Concentrating Current were both pretty unhealthy cards with the latter stealing so many games. The combination of Aleister the Invoker, Invoked Magellanica, and this card creating an 8300 ATK monster was dumb since in a game with only 4000 Life Points you could easily push lethal over basically any monster in ATK mode.

Koa’ki Meiru got some cards back, which is cool but it might not be enough to bring it back as decks generally have more interruptions now. It could still be used a small engine in other decks though.

Again, Spellbooks getting Spellbook of Eternity back is cool but they might need more, namely Light and Dark unnerfed and Spellbook of Fate to 3 (so they can run Treacherous Trap Hole again). TTH becoming less prevalent when it was one of the strongest cards against this deck is neat but whether that’s enough is questionable.

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