Check out the Official July 14th, 2014 Ban List. It’s crisp.
Konami has updated the official site with the new July 2014 ban list, so in order to report the news, I’m going to relay all the new changes on the list to you here:
Nothing this time!
- Goyo Guardian (was Forbidden)
- Geargiagear (was Unlimited)
- Magician of Faith (was Limited)
- Formula Synchron (was Limited)
- Reinforcement of the Army (was Limited)
- Dimensional Prison (was Semi-Limited)
- Mirror Force (was Semi-Limited)
And there you have it…what do you think?
As you’ll find in our Most Recent Podcast, we discuss the very likely possibility of a clean, short list like this.
Goyo Guardian being back is great for Lightsworns because now Lumina reviving Minerva from the Graveyard because a beatstick play. If it hasn’t been announced already, we’ll probably see a reprint of it somewhere.
Geargiagear being to one makes sense in that it doesn’t take all of the fun out of the deck. It shouldn’t alienate players, because one is still amazing, but I’m happy it was addressed and the reigns were pulled in a little on this deck.
ROTA Thank you! It took a while, but it’s here. Pretty awesome to still be playing and to see this come down to two, it’s great. Maybe next list…Bestari to 2?
The D-Prison / Mirror Force thing is funny because it actually makes sense. Mirror Force doesn’t impact the meta in a meaningful way, while D-Prison does. Mirror Force could have stayed at 3, and noone would have cared, but D-Prison coming back to 3 is nice for the current destruction resistant meta we have.
Here’s the Official Website.
Hoped they’d give us back some synchros for the Cosmic Dragon/Yang ZIng, so I’m glad we have a good lvl 6 again, but too bad Goyo’s interaction with Fire Hand is kinda awkward.
I’m very excited for two ROTA, that’s good in general, and D-Prison will be very scary now, but other than those and Geargiagear, it’s not much of a list at all, mostly slight modifications. Does this mean Konami wants the meta to stay the same, or do they hope that Pendulums will change it?
I don’t think there’s a huge reason to change the meta because most things in tier 1 and 2 are arguably all viable. I think it just depends on your own local meta.
That being said, I think Konami is trying to prime us to run things that avoid destroying opponent’s cards because a Pendulum format would theoretically look similar. You destroy cards in the current meta and you are punished in return, while destroying things in a Pendulum format will have escalating consequences because those monsters can come back each turn.
Maybe I’m reading into things too much, but that’s what I would be doing with the game in its current state.
Two ROTA, three D-Prison, and the return of Goyo? This format is going to be really interesting. Plus they didnt really hit any decks…