Why Were They Banned? Part 1: Main Deck Monsters

If you are a player who participates in tournaments, you are most likely familiar with the Forbidden and Limited Lists. Every few months or so, Konami releases changes to these lists in order to have the game continue evolving. Konami may move cards between the different sections (Forbidden, Limited, and Semi-Limited), add new cards, or remove some from the list entirely. The section of the list that is most interesting is the cards that are banned.

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Weird Techs, or Hidden Gold?

Whenever Konami releases a new banlist, one can count on the creativity of the players in finding out what the new “flavor of the format” deck is. Along with this brainstorming of new decks comes the search for counters or improvements to the deck. In the past, some of these “side deck” or “tech” options proved to be a fleeting fad that faded away, but there have been examples of cards that became integrated into future deck profiles. We will be going through a short history of how some cards came to be used to counter or help the meta, and whether they were effective.

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