Post-Banlist Meta Analysis [Aug Banlist]

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Two months after their release in Clash of Wings, Fur Hires, the deck that has been completely dominating the meta, will be officially hit for the first time by the Forbidden/Limited List.

As expected, Beat, Bladesman Fur Hire, the only SR in the archetype, will not be affected by the Banlist, whereas Dyna, Hero Fur Hire and Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire, the two most popular Monster Cards will end up in the Limited and Semi-Limited List respectively.

In addition to this, Beatdown!, the most popular Skill, will also suffer from some changes: it will now only increase the ATK of the Level 5 or higher monsters on the field rather than of all of the monsters on the field. This last change affects Fur Hire, Vampire, Inzektor and even two decks that are not in the game yet: U.A. and Mermail.

Amazoness will get hit for the second time as Amazoness Baby Tiger will join Amazoness Onslaught in the Semi-Limited List.

Post Banlist Fur Hire

Having an important card such as Donpa in the Semi-Limited List means that Fur Hires will not be able to run Enemy Controller, unless they want to sacrifice copies of one of their lower level monsters, but neither Wall of Disruption nor Treacherous Trap Hole will be touched, so the deck will still have access to some of the best backrow in the game.

Here's an example of a Post-Banlist Fur Hire Deck:

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 HireDonpa, Marksman Fur HireDonpa, Marksman Fur HireRecon, Scout Fur Hire
Recon, Scout Fur HireRecon, Scout Fur HireHey, Trunade!Hey, Trunade!Mayhem Fur HireMayhem Fur Hire
Treacherous Trap Hole-----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
This turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300. This skill can only be used once per turn
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba


Post-Banlist Amazoness

Not all Amazoness decks used to run Amazoness Baby Tiger, but it can't be denied that it was a very good and versatile card: being able to Special Summon it from the hand or Graveyard and just crash into an opponent's monster thanks to Holy Guard and Amazoness Onslaught or just send it to the Graveyard to activate Amazoness Princess’ effect on Attack Declaration were both common plays.

Here's an example of a Post-Banlist Amazoness Deck:

Lava GolemAmazoness PaladinAmazoness PaladinAmazoness PrincessAmazoness PrincessAmazoness Princess
Amazoness QueenAmazoness Swords WomanAmazoness Swords WomanAmazoness Swords WomanForbidden ChalicePaleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaWall of DisruptionWall of DisruptionWall of DisruptionAmazoness Willpower
Amazoness OnslaughtAmazoness Onslaught--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Holy Guard
You receive no battle damage during your turn.
Tea Gardner
Tea Gardner

Notes :

Not much has changed: Amazoness Baby Tiger can be substituted for Amazoness Paladin, Amazoness Tiger or just more backrow; Amazoness Sage doesn't offer much, even with the backrow removal effect;

Amazoness Sage is literally a worse version of Swords Woman both in terms of effect and stats; Amazoness Chain Master is an interesting card, but the cost for its effect and the requirement are bit too high and specific; the rest of the archetype is not worth mentioning.

An interesting option would be Amazoness Spy since it can be Special Summoned from the hand and even add back to the hand an Amazoness card from the Graveyard when it's destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard.

Final Thoughts

Fur Hires are still viable and will likely be a good contender for the next month with three copies of Beat, Amazoness will likely rise in popularity and so will Masked HERO.

Vampire may seem a slight decrease in popularity because of the changes to Beatdown! whereas the number of Spellbook decks will probably stay the same rather than increasing because of how expensive the deck is.

It's odd that neither Wall of Disruption nor Treacherous Trap Hole are planned to be touched by the Banlist, but they might end up in it if they don't decrease in popularity after Fur Hires are hit.


Hot New Top
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you don't adapt to the meta, you're never going to be in KOG. It doesn't matter how much you love your Dark Magicians or Blue-Eyes. Adapt my guys.

Heck, run the new Spellbook with 3 Trickys. No money involved, just open mini-box thrice.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Beaver Warrior forever!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Tier 0
<< Anonymous(Superbia)
Anonymous Reply
Open a minibox trice. No money involved. Adapt. All of them did not go well together.

By the time you open the minibox 3x the deck will not suitable with the meta. Only by using money you can open a box 3X fast enough.
<< Anonymous
Superbia Reply
I mean like, that's life right?

As the times change, so do the decks. No deck will permanently remain op.
After turning entire meta decks useless it would be highly appreciated if Konami gave players reimbursements for all the thousands of wasted gems
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yes. This game is too PVP centeric. Just let us enjoy the cheap deck we build without having to crash it into expensive deck in PVP.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yeah, it makes no sense that we have to follow the restriction as well when dueling against NPCs.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
And NPCs cards is totally unrestricted.
NPSs also have 3x cards that impossible to get in the game like Windstorm of Etaqua.
<< Anonymous
Grammar Police Reply
And NPCs cards are totally unrestricted.
NPSs also have 3x cards that are impossible to get in the game like Windstorm of Etaqua.
floodgate traphole
i'm da real meta :)
Mask change, please dont use it twice in 1 Turn
<< Anonymous(FUCX MASX CHANGZ)
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous(FUCX MASX CHANGZ)
Anonymous No. 2 Reply
Okay, we'll use it three times in 1 Turn
Fuck fur hire
Mask change wall of d traphole silent magician hentai version (not lv4 or lv8)also needs to get banned in this format for balance
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
So yea, the only problematic card is TTH.
<< Anonymous
Mark Reply
That does sound more sensible and something that konami may do in the future.
<< Anonymous(Just some crappy guy)
Anonymous Reply
Mask change will never be limited, even if it wasn't an SR. Heroes are one of the most popular archetype in Japan, and konami will most likely release the other mask heroes in the future, they won't shoot themselves in the leg this time.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
“It’s odd that neither Wall of D or TTH will be affected by the ban list”? Since when does Komoney hit cards that are box SR? I wish however they would amend their effects so that they’re not so op.
<< Anonymous
Kaimi Reply
It's almost possible to amend card's effect.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
*not possible

Unless it's a similar case to Emerald Turtle (no MP2) or the real life version also gets an errata.
<< Anonymous
ValleCula Reply
I meant that as a critique, I thought that was clear.
These gutmys seems to be issing that The ties that binds will replace beatdown enterily since it can do what turn one beatdown does now
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
guys* missing the fact*
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Its not enough as compared to beatdown
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Agreed: with Ties you can't get over a Wiz in Defense Position.
Nice wall of ds you got there buddy, be a shame if a galaxy cyclone'd you into oblivion
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous
Correction! Reply
Galaxy Cyclone is a quick-play spell.
<< Anonymous(Correction!)
Correction! #2 Reply
No it's not, Cosmic Cyclone is.
<< Anonymous(Correction! #2)
Anonymous No. 2 Reply
Still good because it destroys the set spell/trap card even if you activate it (so it's face up), kinda like how Recon works.
Cafe Ole
this month's meta is gonna be insane
Don't agree with this anlytic much though
Vampire not that rely much on Beat down compared to Fur Hires. Just thinking about they getting Gozuki out with 1700 AtK if Furry wanna attack him down, they have to use Diana or that Octopus Furries with Beatdown 300atk to become 1900. Vampire instead they have field spell. The only reason if Vampire decrease in play after that updated is the popularity of Amazon is going up.
Wall of d is not that a plomblem cuz you can play around it and it can only activate at Declaration step.

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