Post-Banlist Meta Analysis [2018 Oct]

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Today, on October 16th, we received notice of the new Forbidden/Limited List and, in less than a week, changes that will heavily affect some of the current top-tier decks will officially be implemented into the game.

Most of these changes were to be expected, Fur Hires and Amazoness have been dominating in PvP for way too long and their presence alone makes it difficult for any new deck to become competitively viable, but others definitely caught a lot of people by surprise; I’m here to discuss the new Forbidden/Limited List and how it will affect the game in the next few months.

Skill Rebalancing

Cyber Style

[Skill] descriptionUser
Cyber Style (After Banlist)
Can be used each time your Life Points are at 3000 or below. Play 1 "Proto-Cyber Dragon" on from outside of your Deck for every 1000 Life Points below 4000. "Proto-Cyber Dragon" played with this Skill cannot be Tributed or used as a material except when for Fusion Summoning. This skill can nly be used once per Duel.
Zane Truesdale
Zane Truesdale

Cyber Style has been an extremely popular and versatile Skill, almost on the level of the old Balance, and unfortunately a couple decks heavily depended on it; the Skill was originally intended to be used for Fusion Summons, so, starting from October 19th, Proto-Cyber Dragon, when played with this Skill, will only be usable as Fusion Materials.

It only makes sense to see these changes implemented before any Synchro deck is able to truly take advantage of how easy it is to get one or two Level 3 monsters on the field using Cyber Style, but, while I do believe that, thanks to cards like Dynatherium and The Tricky, U.A. and other similar decks will still be viable after October 19th, it can't be denied that they will be severely hindered.

Post Banlist U.A

Example Deck

Sphere KuribohSphere KuribohThe TrickyThe TrickyThe TrickyU.A. Midfielder
U.A. MidfielderU.A. MidfielderU.A. Dreadnought DunkerU.A. Rival RebounderU.A. Mighty SluggerU.A. Mighty Slugger
U.A. Mighty SluggerHey, Trunade!U.A. StadiumU.A. StadiumTreacherous Trap HoleU.A. Penalty Box
U.A. Penalty BoxU.A. Penalty Box----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
This turn, the Atk of all Level 5 or higher face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300.
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba


Life Cost 0

[Skill] descriptionUser
Life Cost 0 (After Banlist)
Can be used if your Life Points are 1000 or less. Until the end of the opponent's next turn ends, for one time only, you do not have to spend Life Points to activate a card. This Skill can only used once per Duel.
Espa Roba
Espa Roba

Cyber-Stein and Life Cost 0 have always been a great combination and now that cards like Cosmic Cyclone, Solemn Scolding and Gatling Dragon have been added to the game, Cyber Stein OTK decks, while not being always consistent, have become very powerful; the developers have decided that it was time to hit this Skill and thus this type of deck.

Post Banlist Cyber Stein OTK

I’m afraid there is no future for this deck: putting effort into getting a single Fusion Monster out on the field is a terrible idea. If a Fusion Monster with no summoning restriction is released in the future with a good enough effect, I might have to reconsider this statement, but I don’t see that happening so soon.

Forbidden/Limited List

Hey, Trunade! & Treacherous Trap Hole

I want to start from these two cards because of how impactful the fact that they have been added to the Semi-Limited List truly is: any deck that already features cards that are Semi-Limited will have to sacrifice something if they want to use them and even the ones that have not been touched by the Banlist yet will be able to run only one copy of each or two copies of one.

It’s not the first time a Spell/Trap Card that can fit in pretty much any deck ends up in the Forbidden/Limited List, Enemy Controller has been there for quite a long a time, but now there’s three of them.


It’s not the first time we see “Amazoness” cards in the Forbidden/Limited List, the deck survived after Amazoness Onslaught and Amazoness Baby Tiger were added to the Semi-Limited List and, even though this time it will be a lot more difficult, it could still manage to get through these changes.

In a few days Amazoness Princess will join Baby Tiger and Amazoness Onslaught will become Limited, which means that players will still be able to run both, but it also means Amazoness decks will not be able to run Enemy Controller and Treacherous Trap Hole anymore, unless they want to sacrifice their searcher.

Post Banlist Amazoness

Vision HERO Witch RaiderAmazoness PaladinAmazoness PrincessAmazoness PrincessAmazoness QueenAmazoness Swords Woman
Amazoness Swords WomanAmazoness Swords WomanAmazoness TigerFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap Hole
Paleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaWall of DisruptionWall of DisruptionWall of Disruption
Amazoness WillpowerAmazoness Onslaught--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Endless Trap Hell
Can be used when you have 3 trap cards in the Graveyard. 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard is added to your hand. Then, shuffle 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard into your Deck. This skill can only be used once per Duel.


  • As I said, the deck can still run both Amoness Princess and Amazoness Onslaught, the only problem is that it’s obviously going to be less consistent; Amazoness will essentially go from running five copies of Amazoness Onslaught to running only two.
  • Endless Trap Hell allows you to add to the hand or shuffle back into the Deck Amazoness Onslaught after it has been sent to the Graveyard, even though Cosmic Cyclone and Dragon Spirit of White can prevent this by banishing it.

Fur Hire

Wiz, Sage Fur Hire will be joining Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire in the Semi-Limited List, but, since both Hey, Trunade! and Treacherous Trap Hole will be added too, it’s pretty clear this time Fur Hire decks will not be able to make it so easily; we can safely assume that this deck will drop in popularity and from its current position in the Tier List after the new Banlist.

Post Banlist Fur Hire

Sphere KuribohBeat, Bladesman Fur HireBeat, Bladesman Fur HireBeat, Bladesman Fur HireWiz, Sage Fur HireWiz, Sage Fur Hire
Dyna, Hero Fur HireSeal, Strategist Fur HireSeal, Strategist Fur HireSeal, Strategist Fur HireRecon, Scout Fur HireRecon, Scout Fur Hire
Recon, Scout Fur HireMayhem Fur HireMayhem Fur HirePaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaWall of Disruption
Wall of DisruptionWall of Disruption----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
The Tie that Binds
Until the end of you turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters on your field times 100. This skill can only be used once per turn.
Yugi Muto
Yugi Muto


Playing this deck competitively without at least two copies of Beat, Bladesman Fur Hire, the searcher, will not be easy anymore.

Since both Treacherous Trap Hole and Hey, Trunade! are Semi-Limited, the deck will have trouble generating those quick OTKs; I decided to add Wall of Disruption for protection, since it’s very effective against Vampire decks, and Paleozoic Canadia.

Masked HERO

Vision HERO - Vyon is undeniably a great card, but it being Limited is not what’s going to bring down this deck, what is really going to be an issue for Masked HEROes will be having to choose between Destiny HERO - Celestial, Hey, Trunade! and Treacherous Trap Hole.

Post Banlist Masked HERO

Sphere KuribohSphere KuribohDestiny HERO - DeciderDestiny HERO - DeciderDestiny HERO - DeciderDestiny HERO - Celestial
Destiny HERO - CelestialDestiny HERO - DrilldarkDestiny HERO - DrilldarkVision HERO - VyonCosmic CycloneCosmic Cyclone
Destiny DrawMask ChangeMask ChangeMask ChangePolymerizationPaleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic Canadia----
Masked HERO AnkiMasked HERO AnkiMasked HERO AnkiVision HERO TrinityDestiny HERO - Dangerous-


With the advent of the “Blue-Eyes Meta”, Decider will become an even better card, being able to essentially wall high Level monsters alone, so I would suggest running three copies of him.

Cosmic Cyclone is not the perfect substitute for Hey, Trunade!, but it can definitely be a good card against what will be left of Amazoness after the Banlist.

Paleozoic Canadia is a great way to prevent Protector with Eyes of Blue and Cosmo Brain from Special Summoning Dragon Spirit of White or Blue-Eyes White Dragon, it’s very versatile and it can also be useful in the mirror match.


Vampire decks are currently able to run Enemy Controller, Hey, Trunade! and Treacherous Trap Hole, so the new Banlist will still hit them indirectly, forcing them to decide which cards they want to use among these three; additionally Cyber Style will not be a viable option anymore since the Skill doesn’t provide Tribute Material anymore.

Post Banlist Vampire

GozukiGozukiVampire RetainerVampire RetainerVampire RetainerVampire Familiar
Vampire FamiliarVampire FamiliarVampire VampVampire GraceVampire GraceSamurai Skull
Samurai SkullSamurai SkullVampire KingdomVampire KingdomEnemy ControllerVampire's Domain
Treacherous Trap HoleVampire Takeover--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
This turn, the Atk of all Level 5 or higher face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300.
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba


  • Hey, Trunade! was used to enable quick OTKs, taking advantage of Enemy Controller and the ability to swarm the field of the deck, but, if Amazoness go down in popularity, there is less of a reason to run it.
  • Enemy Controller and Treacherous Trap Hole can deal well with Blue-Eyes as long as Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon is not protecting them from targeting; these two cards can be used to prevent the deck from Special Summoning Blue-Eyes White Dragon or Dragon Spirit of White and from Synchro Summoning.

Silent Spellbook

This deck already runs only one copy of Treacherous Trap Hole, it’s not going to be affected by any of these changes; Silent Spellbook deals well with Blue-Eyes, I would go as far as saying it’s the worst matchup for the deck, but the paywall does hinder it a lot.

What Next?

I honestly believed that Blue-Eyes had a good shot at becoming the next meta deck even before this new Forbidden/Limited List, what these changes are going to do is to simply make its job easier; I expect to see Spellbook, Masked HERO and Vampire decks as the main alternatives to Blue-Eyes, Amazoness will probably hold on for a while, Fur Hire will drastically drop in popularity.


Hot New Top
Limiting cards from a structure deck is shady. Seriously though why are they limiting anything unless it's Tier 0? Unnecessary.
unban everything!! . including skillvans cuber angels and all spell and traps .
Release whatever you want.
I'm ready !
I say komoney
nerf block attack pls..
too op..
I have three copies of every card in the game with 9999 gems saved and I am totally free to play. STOP COMPLAINING and play a new deck for once :)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
That isn't possible unless you are using mod. Would you please just 🔥 already about your gems? You are on here 24 hours a day, so you don't even have time to grind for even half of what you say.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
He's probably paid to shill for Komoney, otherwise he'll be sweeping the streets.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
He is probably just trolling lol!!!
when new box is finally released some dudes will be like:
'nerf vylon please T_T'
'nerf block attack please, too op'
People whining about scrap dragon soon
some old decks rest for a while, another epic box release comes. It's part of life
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
new buster blader is going to be the real mvp
New box arrives with plenty of META material , im ready
<< Anonymous
You cannot hoard your gems!
<< Anonymous
LutherKing Jr. Reply
man, the guy who keeps posting as "KONAMI" should be IP banned forever.
Same toxic dudes are going to ask for Vylon / scrap dragon nerf soon.

Go ahead and plan a nerf.
There's plenty of time to build plenty of new decks.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Scrap dragon is coming l8r, but yeah I can see people whining about vylon or buster blader soon.
OMG NO! My deck which has been viable for 6 months is being phased out. THAT IS SO UNFAIR. I spent thousands of gems Konami. This game is blatantly P2W. I deserve a refund on my Structure Decks. I need apology Dream UR tickets to compensate me. It's not like the DLC I spend money on in other games I don't get more than a few months of gaming mileage from.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The new box is coming with a lot of META material. I can't wait to see the same pathetic idiots complaining and asking for nerfs, it's going to be funny.
It doesn't matter if they nerf/limit more cards... probably the next time such thing happens will be feb-mar 2019, plenty of time to get tons of gems.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
IKR !!!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I'm going to need you to level with me op and explain WHY YOU think this new box is meta instead of attacking anonymous users of slovakian knitting forum
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
New box is already meta material because of buster blader

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