Friday, January 27, 2012

Forecast of March 2012 Ban List

Hey, guys! Sorry for not updating my blog for such a long time. As usual, I will predict the March ban list again for this year. Although the September 2011 ban list does not much affected the current game, there still a lot of player quit from the game due to the reprint of Pot Of Duality in OCG and the release of Heavy Storm.

After the effect of September 2011 ban list, new meta decks have arise especially in OCG such as Inzektor, Rabbit Laggia, Laval, Ninja Laggia, Rabbit Ninja and etc. One of the new tier 1 in OCG is Inzektor and it has started conquer some of the major tournaments in OCG. However, I still don't a very reasonable reason for limiting some of the inzektor cards.


Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
Wind-Up Hunter

Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow
Insect Imitation
The Agent of Creation - Venus

No longer restrict:
Destiny Draw
Magic Cylinder
Ojama Trio
Swords of Revealing Light

Based on my own analysis towards the trend in OCG and TCG, the March 2012 ban list may not have any ban card due to I haven't see any of the ULTIMATE broken cards especially in OCG yet. Some of the players might disagree with my opinion and especially OCG players will select Inzektor Hornet as one of the card that must be ban. I personally feel that Hornet is quite good but it still haven't reach the level of Dark Armed Dragon yet. Even if it will be listed in the March 2012 ban list, it will only be place on the semi-limited list.

Wind-up deck has started getting popular due to the release of Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity and by using this card combo with Wind-Up Hunter, hand destruction combo can be done easily. As a result, I think that both cards will be limited in the coming March 2012 ban list. Besides that, I personally think that Blackwing has started fade away from the public especially in TCG and the main reason is due to the limit of Blackwing - Kalut the Moon Shadow. In order to regain its combo and to against Inzektor, I personally think that Kalut may become semi-limited in the coming March 2012 ban list.

Moreover, Inzektor can be combo with Wind-up with the use of Insect Imitation and this can make the Hand Destruction combo easily. To reduce the consistency for this combo, Insect Imitation may be become limited in this ban list. Marshmallon may also become semi-limited due to its sibling, Spirit Reaper is free from the current ban list. The Agent of Creation - Venus may also become semi-limited because it is one of the key for making the Xyz summon of Gachi Gachi Gantetsu or Daigusto Phoenix.

Last but not least, I think that Destiny Draw, Magic Cylinder, Ojama Trio and Swords of Revealing Light will no longer restrict. Apparently, Konami started to encourage for special theme deck especially Chain Burn, Lock Down and Mill deck. Therefore, we seldom seem those cards will be forbidden unless the card can be combo easily and so called "broken". One of the best example is Mass Driver that best combo with Substitoad before the effect of September 2010 ban list.

Okay, that's all I want to share to you guys today. Thanks for your time and wish you guys have a blast Chinese New Year or good holiday. Please stay tuned for my next post.