Thursday, May 2, 2013

Response to the May 11 banlist

I was gonna make an Aqua Force post, but I think there are other things that ore of greater importance here. May 11 banlist.

It's kind of a  surprise that they would release a new banlist so early. Still, the previous 2 banlists were in September 2012 and January 2013,respectively. With a span of 4 months in between the banlists, I wouldn't be surprised if there'll be a new one in September 2013.

Basically, now the only cards restricted in the game are the following cards: Eradicator, Dragonic Descendent/Majesty Lord Blaster and Goddess of the Full Moon Tsukuyomi.

Dragonic Descendent hitting the list was not much of a surprise to me since the metagame was heavily centralised on that card alone. Hitting it to 2 will not completely cripple it but rather, reduces the consistency of the deck as a whole. The Eradicator legion is still strong overall with their high amount of attackers and retire abilities. This forces players to play more of the newer cards like Spark Horn Dragon and Sweep Command Dragon to replace the previous 2 copies of Dragonic Descendent.

Majesty Lord Blaster got a better treatment this time round, as compared to the previous (and very harsh imo) restrictions. However, I feel that the change would not affect how current MLB players run their decks at the moment, even though an extra Majesty Lord Blaster would add a bit of consistency to the deck.

Tsukuyomi at 2 is BSR's way of telling "You can try the deck" but still not allows players to run the infamous 4G3-Tsuku deck.

And here are the cards that are free from the restriction:
King of Knights ,Alfred
Wingal Brave
Godhawk, Ichibiyoshi
Silent Tom
Lizard Soldier ,Conroe
Dragonic Overlord - the END

Alfred is back, and is much more consistent with the addition of Sanctuary Guard Dragon and Constance from the new DAIGO set. Koko players can now run 4 Silent Toms, one of the best pressure cards in the game.

However, the only change that baffles me is Dragonic Overlord - the END being unrestricted . It's safe to say that one of the most consistent decks in the game is back, infamous for it's persona blast and the high consistency the Grade 1 lineup can offer for the deck. However, I don't think it'll fair as good as it was back before the Break Ride era .

Players are now inclined to run Dauntless Drive Dragon alongside the End instead of Dragonic Overlord. As of now, it's a nice backup plan if you do not ride DOTE but I'd stick to the old DOTE build because I'm just too lazy to find DDD.

Personal opinion:
It doesn't affect me that much anyway. Dauntless-DOTE isn't as strong as it's hyped to be. I'm sure Bushiroad made these decisions for the preparation of the new clan, Link Joker.


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