April 1, 2016 OCG Forbidden & Limited List

The Forbidden & Limited list effective April 1, 2016 in the OCG was announced in V-Jump or something. I don’t know any Japanese, but NeoArkadia does, or something. I’m just going to cover what I think these changes might mean for the TCG. I don’t play OCG and I’m sorry for not offering insightful insight to this list for OCG players. I simply don’t have the time and brainpower to talk about the OCG at this time.


Performapal Monkeyboard
Lavalval Chain
Life Equalizer

Newly Limited:

Thousand-Eyes Restrict
Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer
Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
Draco Face-Off
Wavering Eyes
Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
Mask Change Second
Tour Guide from the Underworld
Emergency Teleport
Domain of the True Monarchs
Pantheism of the Monarchs
Pendulum Call
Monster Gate

Newly Semi-Limited:

Super Rejuvenation


Glow-Up Bulb
Destiny Hero – Malicious
Mermail Abyssteus
Mind Control
Book of Moon
Gold Sarcophagus
Allure of Darkness
Dragon Shrine
Crush Card Virus

Instead of talking about the hits by section, I’m going to talk about how these hits affect each deck as I understand them in the OCG.


DracoPals are at the top of the competitive meta in Japan, thus they got murdered. I honestly don’t know how the deck can come back from these hits. They pretty much got WOMP’d and lost 14 cards from the deck. AND two Ignister.
-pendulum sorc
-draco face off
-wavering eyes
-luster pendulum


Again, I don’t play OCG, but as far as I understand Magicians are about the same power level as in the TCG, right below the competitive decks but almost always suffocated out of tops. The only direct hit to them was the limit on Pendulum Call. I think this was a preemptive hit due to killing everything else off.

Burning Abyss

Japan didn’t get Burning Abyss that long ago, but Dante, Scarm, Tour Guide and Mask Change II all to one hurts the deck. Burning Abyss in the TCG are living through Scarm and Rhino Warrior. OCG still has 3 Graff and 3 Cir if I’m not mistaken. The deck isn’t super dead, but only one Dante? Good luck with that… They did get back Sangan, but I want to talk about that later.


Emergency Teleport is limited which means Blue Layer as infinite tribute fodder can’t exist. They do have Super Hippo Carnival or whatever it will be called to replace it. I think the E-tele hit was more for possibly importing Kozmo soon? Only one Domain and one Pantheism does hurt the deck. A lot. It’s going to brick so much now. RIP Monarchs. No one wants you anymore.

Monarch FTK

Thank Jegus that Life Equalizer is forbidden. Now you need 3 Blasting the Ruins AND Magical Explosion with 30+ cards in your Graveyard. The third Allure of Darkness helps, but only 1 Pantheism hurts more. RIP Monarch FTK.


Mermail Abyssteus is back at three. Yay? I think Mermail/Atlanteans will be the strongest contender post April until new stuff comes out. Maybe something else will come to wreck the deck. It can OTK with almost any hand but suffers due to any negation at all. And if I’m remembering correctly, Solemn Strike is still at three.

Generic/Dark things

-Lavalval Chain is forbidden. I think this is one of those cards that belongs on the limited section, but whoever is in charge of making the list for OCG doesn’t and I can’t argue with them. If I want Lavalval Chain limited, and they want it forbidden, they’re the ones making the list.
-Thousand Eyes Restrict is limited. Neat I guess? He can go to 3. Thnx Koomy of Japan
-Super Rejuvenation is semi-limited. Blue-Eyes push I guess. Not sure what would abuse it, though.
-Glow-Up Bulb is fine unlimited. It’s only once per duel.
-Kuribandit, D-HERO Malicious, Mind Control, Book of Moon, Allure of Darkness, Dragon Shrine and Crush Card Virus all unlimited make me feel that some sort of DARK/Dragon deck is coming to crush the OCG Meta soon. I could be completely wrong, but that’s what it looks like. Almost like a Tele-DAD format dickrider’s wet dream. Too bad Dark Armed is still limited, right? Maybe it’s at two in OCG. Iunno. Oh yeah, Reasoning and Monster Gate are both limited too.


Sangan was a very good card in both TCG and OCG. Tour Guide basically got it banned. Sangan was abused a little bit, but never to the extent that two or three Sangan searches and then using those monsters that turn could have been abused. It’s possible new loops would exist in OCG with the old Sangan. I just don’t like the erratas of cards. Since Dark Strike Fighter and Catapult Turtle, Konami has seemed to be errata-ing forbidden cards all day and then giving them back. Just read the Sangan errata.

“The effect of “Sangan” can only be used once per turn. (1) When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: Add 1 monster with 1500 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand. {If you add a monster to your hand with this effect, you cannot activate the effects of monsters with the same name during that turn.}”

Don't worry, Big Eye, the errata army is coming for the TCG
Don’t worry, Big Eye, the errata army is coming for the TCG

Holy sangan nerf. I wish Konami would just print a new card with mirrored art and “newer and nerfed” at the end of the name. So this should be a new card called “Sangan, Newer and Nerfed”. But oh well, I can’t do anything about it. It’s the same with Lavalval Chain. Konami has already done it and I won’t change their minds. Good thing the erratas stay in OCG-land… Right?


Sorry not sorry for rushed post. I wanted everyone to see the list. Is Sangan coming back? Pick up your holo Sangans here. If you think Raidraptors are going to be good, order some Shining Victories to pull those Ultimate Falcons.


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