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CardShark Content - Stefan Vainberg (6/12/2004)


The bans: a blessing or a curse?

As many avid Yu-Gi-Oh players know, Japan has recently enstated a banlist, which has a good chance of seeing its way to North America. This list will change occasionally, but here is the list of the currently banned:

Injection Fairy Lily
Cyber Jar
Fiber Jar
Raigeki
Harpie's Feather Duster
Change of Heart
Delinquent Duo
Painful Choice
Imperial Order
Yata Garasu

Injection Fairy Lily: The reason they banned this card is fairly obvious; it is not healthy to have a 3400 attack point, 3 star monster on the first turn. While her effect costs life, she can kill your opponent very fast. Still, her tournament usage is rare, so her banning will likely be ignored to some extent.

Cyber Jar: This thing is truly a monster. First, it's a rare, meaning anyone can get it very easily. Second, its effect is insane. First, blow up the entire field. Second, get a chance at getting back another full field. These two aspects combined can make a game turn around so fast it is disgusting. Imagine having a full field of 2000-2500 attack point monsters and your opponent having only this thing facedown. Attack it and BAM!!! This card wholeheartedly deserves the cut.

Fiber Jar: While not as terrible as Cyber Jar, fiber jar is a pain in the butt to deal with. Basically, it restarts a game over, except for removed cards and lifepoints. It is basically a free Timetwister, a Magic card so broken it is worth hundreds of dollars, only BETTER. Case closed.

Raigeki: Come on! This card is broken in every way you look at it! ´´Destroy all monsters on your opponent's side of the field´´ is insane in every game you can think of, and it's FREE!!! This card can expect a permanent banning.

Harpie's Feather Duster: Basically the same is Raigeki, this card single-handedly turned the trend of putting f/d m/t's a bad strategy. Good-bye and good riddance!

Change of Heart: While not as broken as some other cards, this card is insanely powerful.
With it, you can have 2 monsters on your side of the field on your first turn and easily hit for 3000+ damage. Depending on newer sets, this card may or may not stay banned, but chances are its legality will not come again.

Delinquent Duo: Paying 1000 life points to smack two of your opponent's hand cards is too good. Expect it to stay banned.

Painful Choice: At first, it seems like a weak card, but there are two decks that abuse this card so much it ruined the meta. They were fiend and chaos. Putting fiend aside, chaos could use this deck to easily pull out a third turn soldier or dragon, and sometimes even a first turn soldier AND dragon. That enough will keep this card restricted for a LONG time.

Imperial Order: An extremely malicious card that effectively shuts down almost every deck. What kind of cost is 700 lifepoints to negating every magic card?! Prepare to stay banned.

Yata Garasu: The last banned card, and it should NEVER be banned. This card single-handedly lost Yu-Gi-Oh hundreds of players, and for good reasons. Nowadays, if you have no cards in your hand, you lose because of Yata. And with so many Don Zaloogs running around, it is no wonder that Yata needs to be banned.


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