Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Banlist Sep2011: Dark vs. Light (again??)

Here is the confirmed changes for the Sept 2011 banlist!

Fishborg Blaster
Mind Master
Giant Trunade
Royal Oppression

Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En
T.G. Hyper Librarian
Debris Dragon
Formula Synchron
Lonefire Blossom
Heavy Storm
Primal Seed
Shien's Smoke Signal
Pot of Avarice
Summoner Monk
Necro Gardna
Dewlauren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier
Destiny Draw
Swords of Revealing Light
Mind Crush
Call Of The Haunted

No longer on the list:
Judgment Dragon
Spirit Reaper
Overload Fusion
Mystical Space Typhoon
Gravity Bind
Icarus Attack

Although this wont be somehow of a "new" format since we already experienced this a year and a half before, it is a "cool" format (imo) to be where going second wont be such a pain anymore. In fact, with Heavy Storm back, it looks like going second is THE thing next format since you can Storm your opponent into a -1 or -2 early depending on his extension.

What happened to the top decks? OCG and TCG

Tengu Plant / Tengu Variants = Tengu obviously wasn't hit yet, lol. But I expect the TCG to clear up the Xyz Rulings soon since the World Championship already did so. Tengu Synchro has their Plant-side torn up. Tengu Stun/TG has Heavy Storm/MSTx3 as a threat to their lives.

Junk Doppel = the plant engine got hit hard with 1x Lonefire and Debris. Librarian is still ok at 1 but Formula at 1 while only having 1 Avarice in the deck will give this deck a hard time to cope with upcoming decks. Luckily, Junk Synchron and Doppel wasn't hit and the affinity of the deck to the "Chaos" theme gives hope to this deck. Personally, I'll be deck-testing new builds of Junk Doppel.

Six Samurai = Smoke Signal at 1 already hurt the deck but Shien at 1 is brutal. Expect this deck to lose popularity. Looks like the Ascetism Samurai build will be the only way to go, unless the build Wslasher showed me becomes successful.

Tech Genus variants = Horn of the Phantom beast and TG1-EM1 are now at the mercy of Heavy Storm. Much more skilled play is needed to pilot this deck now.

GKs = Heavy Storm and 3x MST is intimidating for any Stun type deck now. In fact, I wont be discussing any Anti-Meta deck any further in this post. Oppression gone is a big blow for them.

Offering Gadget = Ultimate Offering not hit is a good thing. But 3x MST? Yes, this deck can somehow manage against Heavy Storm but a MST chaining against the activation of the UO is THE major problem. Sadly, this deck will lose popularity too.

BF = Not getting hit AND getting love from Konami! Icarus at 3 is back and the connection of Graveyard BF with the D-hero engine looks to be promising! Expect this deck to be the top deck of Japan for the next few weeks.

LS = now this is the deck that got the most love from Konami! 3x JD, 2x Gardna, BLS and Storm! Hoard all your Light Mirrors and DD Crows right now!

Although some bloggers are already saying that they dislike this banlist, personally I do like it since it promotes combo-plays and not "set 4-5, end turn".

My prediction for the next few weeks or so? Top decks will be...

Graveyard BF
Chaos - Graveyard BF
Chaos - TG Dhero
Chaos - Junk Doppel
Chaos - LS
Agent Angels

See? Its only DARK vs. LIGHT... Anything else will just get Heavy Storm'ed, lol.

Have fun with the new format! Thanks for reading!

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