We here at Dabbers Cards and Games have an understanding in relation to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Banlist. This event is like an unholy ritual. A banlist can make or break a new format, deck, card, etc. What was once an $80 card can wither to $12. What was once a .05 cent common can shoot to $4. We are both elated and terrified all at once.
What is the purpose?
The banlist serves an important purpose for the game of Yu-Gi-Oh! It is meant to balance a game that loves to unbalance the scales. There are no formats in this game. Not like those we see in Magic the Gathering. There is no Modern, or Standard format. We do not have separate card pools for anything comparable. We only have one thing, and that is the Game of Yu-Gi-Oh!
Why have a banlist?
The Banlist helps curve decks down in power level. Without a resource mechanic in Yu-Gi-OH! other than Card Advantage, there tend to be some significantly overpowered cards. Let's look at this format for example. The Meta is clearly defined at the moment, and attendance to Yu-Gi-Oh! events are at an all time high.
Salamangreat is one of the more commonly played decks right now thanks to its accessibility to the player base. Three Structure decks turning into a meta deck is crazy good. This deck will likely not get hit by the upcoming ban list. It would be bad practice to start banning new products. So it's safe to say if you have invested in this deck than your good...for now.
Speaking of new product. Thunder Dragon Colossus has been suspected to be hit on the upcoming banlist. If not banned, highly unlikely in my opinion, this card should be restricted. The case for this is simply that its too good! It stuns your opponent out of the game then attacks for lethal the next turn. Although, it may be allowed to stay the boogieman for a little while longer. It may work towards keeping the other big decks in check for a little while longer. Still, Restricting this card to one or two should be sufficient enough to keep the deck viable while still allowing Colossus to keep other decks at bay from dominating the format.
It's about time for Konami to take care of Skystrikers. Dark Saviors came out May 25th, 2018. That's an entire year where Sky Striker developed and dominated the formats. That's actually a very long time for any deck to be viable in Yu-Gi-OH! The card pool has grown immensely and yet, Raye and her band of Autothot suits have been destroying the meta ever since they came out. What but what card to hit? They are all so good.
Everyone will probably point to this card as the main culprit, but honestly the deck falls apart without Engage. This card has also gotten a confirmed reprint in an upcoming supplemental set. So it's safe to say this card is most likely not going to be touched. Konami probably has their eyes set on the other cards around this archetype. I'm thinking Widow-Anchor or even Kagari. Regardless, Sky Striker need to get hit one way or another.
Banlists bring new life
A Banlist does more than just put decks down, however. Yu-Gi-OH! is a vibrant and adaptable game. The fact that its card pool is so expansive is what makes the game what it truly is. Decks that were out shined by otherwise dominant decks can step up if not define a whole format. I guess all of that is to say...
It Is time for madolche to shine
Viva el Hootcake!