Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Official TCG September 2013 Banlist

The rumors held true, and we have a September 2013 Forbidden and Limited list that's different from the OCG one (!!!!)
Oddly enough, this list will be effective only up until December 31st, so it's likely that we'll be getting more than 2 lists per year.

*only the changes are listed below


NEWLY FORBIDDEN
4 DRAGON BABIES
ELEMENTAL HERO STRATOS
SHOCK MASTER
CARD DESTRUCTION
GATEWAY OF THE SIX (!!!!!)
HEAVY STORM
MONSTER REBORN
POT OF AVARICE
SPELLBOOK OF JUDGMENT
SUPER REJUVENATION
SOLEMN JUDGMENT
ULTIMATE OFFERING

NEWLY LIMITED
ATLANTEAN DRAGOONS
BRO FIST SPIRIT
DEEP SEA DIVA
GENEX ALLY BIRDMAN
RESCUE RABBIT
THUNDER KING RAIOH
EVIGISHKI MIND AUGUS
DEWLOREN
CONSTELLAR PTOLEMY M7
DIMENSIONAL FISSURE
GOLD SARCO
ROYAL TRIBUTE
BOTTOMLESS TRAP HOLE
COMPULSORY EVACUATION DEVICE
ERADICATOR EPIDEMIC VIRUS
MACRO COSMOS
SOUL DRAIN
TORRENTIAL TRIBUTE

NEWLY SEMI-LIMITED
MEZUKI
PLAGUESPREADER ZOMBIE
TG STRIKER
FIRE FORMATION TENKI
DIMENSIONAL PRISON

NEWLY UNLIMITED
DESTINY HERO MALICIOUS
AGENT OF MYSTERY EARTH
TSUKUYOMI
A HERO LIVES
BLACK WHIRLWIND
E EMERGENCY CALL
HIERATIC SEAL OF CONVOCATION
POT OF DUALITY
SCAPEGOAT



WOW
 Heavy Rain gone was definitely a surprise. Consequently, a plethora of "you can't play ygo" cards and traps, like Dfissure, Macro Cosmos,  Bottomless Trap Hole, TT, etc, were all put to 1 to balance things out. 3 Mystical Space Typhoons can't solve everything.

This truly is a format balancing list and a housecleaning list all rolled into one, with Dragons, Mermails, and Spellbooks nerfed, as well as older problem cards like Gateway, Ultimate Offering, and Pot of Avarice biting the bullet.

D hero Malicious is my nigga; it's pretty funny how aside from Crush Card which is still banned, the newly banned Stratos, and Dark Armed, which is still at 1 (and I guess Royal Oppression for later variants), Tele-DAD has the bulk of it's pieces again.

Mezuki and Plague to 2 is obviously to sell shadow specters, and it "shouldn't" be that bad anyway, given how Brionac remains forbidden and Burial from the Different Dimension is still at 1.

Again, just wow.
Kudos to Konami's TCG division.



I believe Hieratics have a lot of promise
A ton of traps were hit
Heavy Rain is gone, but you still have the Hieratic dragon that pops cards and 3 MST, as well as 3 copies of A Wingbeat of Giant Dragon which is basically Heavy Rain anyway
You also gain new toys with 3 Malicious, and Hieratic Seal of Convocation is back at 3 as well

Friday, August 16, 2013

Official OCG September 2013 Banlist

So about that "leaked" banlist that has been floating around the internet for the past little while?
Apparently it is legit, as several scans have surfaced that seem to be legit.

Source

Forbidden:

Burner, Dragon Ruler of Sparks
Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets
Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles
Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts

Spellbook of Judgment


Limited:

Genex Ally Birdman
Wind-Up Shark
Mermail Abyssteus
Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Rooster

Number 11: Big Eye
Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Divine Wind of Mist Valley
Super Rejuvenation
Abyss-sphere


Semi-Limited:

Chaos Sorcerer
Gladiator Beast Bestiari
Neo-Spacian Grand Mole
Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

Fire Formation - Tenki
Black Whirlwind




Newly Unlimited:
Wind-Up Magician
Tsukuyomi

E- Emergency Call
Pot of Duality
Advanced Ritual Art
Scapegoat
Reasoning
Mirror Force

Maybe it's just me, but I would much rather that Konami hit all these OTK-enablers rather than keep them as is and concurrently give us more OTK stoppers.
I mean Gorz, in a vacuum, is worthy of a ban considering how much stronger than Tragoedia / Battle Fader / etc it is, like you get a 2700 body AND a token. Yet, it's at 2, and nobody cares since Ophion is still at 3 (in my most humble and honest opinion, Ophion needs to die in a fire), not to mention the Key Beetle locks and Vanity's Emptiness that are likely to be flying around everywhere come September.

The swap between Wind Up Shark and Wind Up Magician is interesting though. At a glance (and with 0 testing), it looks like the deck lost a lot of explosiveness (for rank 5 plays anyway), but can now focus even more on the Rabbit Magician grind.

Scapegoat to 3 also pleases me.

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The moonrunes also indicate that the OCG will apparently be getting 4 banlists per year, meaning 1 every 3 months, which is kind of odd to me, considering booster sets are also released every 3 months.

Additionally, they will be getting 3 WCQ's a year, which is neat, I guess.

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Wait! But what about the TCG??

We may end up getting the same list this year, as would be the norm, but for what it's worth, Jeff Jones made a post on a certain competitive ygo forum that the TCG may end up getting a separate list this time around.
No word on how credible that is, but if that's the case, I'm all for it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

POKEMON WORLDS VANCOUVER BC 2013: A YGO DUELIST'S REPORT

This past weekend (August 10/11) was yugioh worlds over in Las Vegas USA.

BUT THIS POST ISN'T ABOUT THAT. AT ALL.
WHO CARES ABOUT YGO.

POKEMON WORLDS was the same weekend and in my HOMETOWN (ok technically a bridge away, close enough no big deal)

How could one pass up such an opportunity? I sure didn't.

Note: I haven't actually played pokemon in well over a year, just because, so I had almost no idea as to what all the cards played now do, and I obviously didn't meet the minimum league points requirement to play in Friday August 9th's LCQ. I also had work on Saturday which was a bummer since I really wanted to go and buy stuff, but apparently people were lining up as early as 3am or some other ungodly hour to buy the exclusive Worlds merchandise and I am in no way shape or form dedicated enough to do that.

The exclusive merchandise was all sold out well before the retail store closed on Saturday. Floor prices were subsequently ridiculously inflated, like we're talking 4-5x original retail price. Tears.

So I decided to go on Sunday anyway to check things out (I would be a moron not to unless I had prior commitments) and tried to get some SICK HOOK UPS for exclusive merchandise. Would the struggle be real????

Find out on the next episode of --------------------- ????????????????????????????

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SO YOU GO INSIDE AND THIS HUGE PIKACHU GREETS YOU. HI PIKACHU!
(he also doesn't have a dick but I guess pokemon anatomy is different and they just use cellular diffusion to excrete waste into the atmosphere???)



THIS WELCOME SIGN ALSO WELCOMES YOU IN A MULTITUDE OF LANGUAGES.
BUT NOT ALL
WOW

WELCOME SIGN USED "DISCRIMINATION"
IT WAS SUPER EFFECTIVE!!!



I walked into the main hall and saw that there's video game and TCG feature matches displayed on these TV screens with live commentary. There weren't any technical difficulties and although I think 1-2 of the commentators sucked, it was generally very well run. This would go on throughout the day. Awesome!
I wish ygo events would do this
HINT HINT KONAMI GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER
YOU ARE BEING OUTPLAYED






At some point, some staff told me that there's a free scavenger hunt type of activity (all it costs you is time) going on, where you circulate the venue, do specific things, and collect the corresponding stamps as proof of completion.
Filling out the card partially nets you free stuff!!
Filling out the card in its entirety nets you a lot more free stuff!!

As it turns out, I had already completed some of the requirements. Go me!!
Concurrently, I end up losing the partially completed card I was holding onto for Aspiring Pokemon Trainer Nigleong. I suck.



After you turn in the completed card (contrary to the schedule for the day, there were no side events EXCEPT for the pre-release tournament which I had indeed already signed up for), you receive the following for participating:

  • 1 pack of foil energy cards
  • 3 booster packs of the current set
  • A few random cards from the current booster set
An incomplete submission would yield 1 booster pack of the current set.

My booster packs didn't yield any good cards I think (the cards did not look strong or awesome or shiny enough) but they were free so I cannot complain.





My pre-release tournament packs weren't very good. The guy sitting across from me packed 3 powerful (and decently valuable) cards.
What.
He probably punched the kid next to him and swapped cardpools with him without anyone noticing.
Cheater.
He was super nice though and sold me some other cards I needed without trying to juice me like a yugioh player would probably do.

This is the deck I ended up playing (see below). I packed like 3 Octillery but 0 Remoraid (the guy that evolves into Octillery; one is useless without the other) and a bunch of other useless cards. No Machoke and no Wartortle meant that I was going to have to "cheat" my Blastoise or Machamp into play by skipping stages via the trainer card Rare Candy.
As the saying goes, Luck beats Skill.

I was kind of rusty and ended up going 2-2
I also never drew Rare Candy so I never did get Blastoise or Machamp out; I was mostly playing "Chatot and Suicune Beatdown".dek
So I guess my Luck did not beat my Skill or vice versa; I drew too many water energies all the time despite playing a lower energy card count than all of my individual opponents and tasted the tears of defeat and that was it

Regardless of how well you did, you still got a free promo and 2 more packs from the upcoming set just for playing. Nice!
You also got to keep the energy cards that were supplied to you. Unnecessary but appreciated!


One of the most important aspects of the day was of course the WORLDS EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE
My friend Pokemon Professor Bidier, who attended the event on all 3 days, posted all over facebook that worlds stuff was sold out at the retail store and was being sold by players / attendees for super inflated prices. I sucked it up and bought a Worlds Edition 2013 Pikachu for $TOO MUCH


It's really adorable, you can't get this anywhere else save maybe eBay in a few days time, and I can always make money back via work etc, but it's really not worth $TOO MUCH

I lucked out and was later able to find a SEALED !!! Worlds Edition 2013 Pikachu (given out only to worlds participants in a welcome kit thing; the retail store ones are all sold without the sealed plastic bag) for $NOT TOO MUCH, and successfully flipped the first one I got for the $TOO MUCH I originally bought it for.

Satisfactory economical transaction.

Coincidentally, I was able to briefly meet this pokemon blogger guy who is apparently really good and is a two SIX time Finnish National Champion (or equivalent).
He didn't seem like a very happy guy.
Or maybe he's just shy / quiet / reserved
I am sure he's nice though.
His blog is cool too (Thedeckout.com)

Neutral non-economic transaction.

Aspiring Pokemon Trainer nigleong was also able to make profit through buying complete sets of 7 exclusive cards awarded to World Championship competitors (the same card in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Japanese), then flipping the Japanese language versions contained inside to various Japanese players for almost half the cost of each respective set.

Excellent economical transaction.

FINAL POKEMON WORLDS MERCHANDISE ACQUISITION COUNT (All Sealed)
(excluding my prerelease packs and free goodies because they obviously don't count. They really wish they could count but they really shouldn't and don't)

  • Worlds Edition 2013 Pikachu
  • Worlds Edition 2013 Playmat
  • Pokemon 15th Anniversary Deckbox
  • Pokemon 15th Anniversary damage counters and carrying case


OH I ALSO TOOK SOME SICK PICTURES WITH THE FOLLOWING ALL STARS (I missed Pikachu though. Oh well)

BRO TEPIG
BRO SNIVY
BRO OSHAWOTT


Yea I'm pretty short (5" 6'?)
Don't hate
Hater


BUT THE BIGGEST AND BEST STORY OF THE DAY
Pokemon
players
are
so
NICE
like
FOR REAL.
SO.
NICE.

I am actually really tempted to play the game again despite its glaring flaws. The community is awesome.
I was so amazed, like after being exposed to so many scumbags from ygo (though I in all honesty can kind of be a troll, or sometimes a douchebag doolist too if it's warranted, like I won't cheat or rule shark etc but I'll call you out on misplays in a not so nice manner lol), I had no idea that card game players and their folks could be such genuinely nice people.
I should play Pokemon.
I am serious.
goodbye Ygo doolist LFN and hello Aspiring Pokemon Trainer LFN?
Possibly!!!

(also it was good seeing ppl like Pokemon Trainer Brad et al
do not fret, I did not forget about you and your compatriots)

Monday, August 5, 2013

The return of "Occupy Yugioh" and the resignation of Alter Reality Games

Originally a parody of the Occupy Movement, which fought for economic and social equality, Occupy Yugioh's very real intentions, despite the satirical naming, were to protest against Konami and their various tyrannical business decisions which more often than not, went against the beliefs, values, or what have you, of the competitive ygo playerbase aka doolists.
Vicious reprint cycles, awful card design, mediocre banlists, mediocre tournament prizes relative to other card games, and so forth. Such are the grievances and woes of the competitive doolist.

In light of the horrendous mismanagement of the upcoming YCS Toronto, where it was posted up on Konami's page MONTHS after it had already been confirmed by the venue, Occupy Yugioh has returned!
Also worth noting is that even though we are less than a month away from the start of the event, it STILL remains to be seen whether the event will follow the current March banlist or the upcoming September banlist, or maybe neither and will instead consist of Battle Pack sealed???

For more information on how you can be a part of this blessed movement called Occupy Yugioh, click on the links below!
[Spam free guaranteed for your browsing safety]

Occupy Yugioh website
Facebook Group

Please support Occupy Yugioh and spread the word
By doing so, you will:

  • gain +10 to your hip hop culture mojo
  • stand up for doolist rights
  • rebel against an oppressive tyrant corporation. Deprive them of revenue! Show them that enough is enough!
  • accumulate ygo karma for good pack luck and drawing Heavy Storm
You could say that this could be the beginning of a..... DUELIST REVOLUTION 
"haha"

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Though unrelated to YCS Toronto, ubiquitous American ygo vendor and card store Alter Reality Games (ARG) has resigned its vendor partnership with Konami after a failure to reconcile differences with Konami of Japan (but not Konami of America, apparently). Konami did not give ARG its blessing to pursue an ambitious new tournament circuit (thus far American only :c) seeking to mimic the success of Magic The Gathering's "Star City Games" tournaments, where players receive actual prize support and decent event coverage.
By actual prize support, I mean that I'm sure that most of you would prefer to win cash or electronics instead of packs and a playmat as a reward for your efforts, travel / food expenditures, and lucksacking at any given large tournament.


This is a big financial gamble for ARG, as they are giving up vending privileges at Konami sanctioned events, as well as the rights to host sneak peeks, regionals, etc, which are all very profitable ventures, so that they may start up this playerbase-oriented tournament circuit without any restraint or interference from Konami.

If you are a true American doolist please support this tournament circuit, and prove Konami wrong
It would also be great if this venture could somehow expand to Canada / Mexico / Europe / Oceania

For reference, Konami / Kazuki Takahashi the ygo god / other relevant  Ygo decision makers in Japan apparently do not believe in handing out cash prizes or prizes of substantial value, and believe that ygo should primarily be a casual game for kids even though it is so complicated and convoluted that no 6 year old (the intended audience as per booster wrappers) can hope to master it in its entirety.