Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel officially reveals the January 2024 update to the game’s banlist, with over 20 cards affected by the update.
- Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel is implementing a significant update to its Forbidden and Limited List for January 2024, with more than 20 cards being affected.
- The update includes both bans and limitations on popular cards, such as “Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon” and “Card of Demise” to balance the game’s meta.
- The changes also aim to address specific decks like “Purrely” and “Superheavy Samurai,” which are preparing for the introduction of powerful new cards in the near future.
Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel has revealed the newest update to the digital card game’s “Forbidden and Limited List,” with more than 20 cards moving up and down the banlist. Since the initial launch of the online TCG nearly two years ago, Konami has regularly rolled out changes to keep the game’s most popular decks in check. December’s monthly banlist update saw a whopping twelve cards moving up and down the list, with popular strategies like “Labrynth” and “Mathmech” receiving hits. Now, Konami is preparing to roll out an even bigger update to the banlist for January.
Recent additions to Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel have helped to make a major swing in the game’s meta with a variety of powerful new cards coming into the game. Master Duel‘s most recent Selection Pack, December’s “Beginning of the Next Journey,” introduced the “Mannadium” archetype to the game as a combo-oriented Synchro strategy. The pack would also include new support for an archetype featured in the original anime, strengthening the Paradox Brothers’ “Gate Guardian” deck. Now, a new banlist looks to shake up Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel‘s meta for January.
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Konami recently announced the January update to Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel‘s banlist with a staggering 21 cards moving up and down the list. The January update will feature four different cards moving to the Forbidden status, with powerful staple cards like “Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon” and “Card of Demise” banned. The limited section of the banlist sees an astounding ten different cards set to one copy per deck, including both Master Duel staples like “Kashtira Fenrir” and a variety of “floodgate” cards like “There Can Be Only One.” Dismantling affected cards following the banlist’s release on January 10 will also grant additional crafting dust for players.
Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel January 2024 Banlist Update
- Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon
- White Dragon Wyverburster
- Card of Demise
- Superheavy Samurai Soulbreaker Armor
- Kashtira Fenrir
- Inspector Boarder
- There Can Be Only One
- Runick Destruction
- Pot of Desires
- Kaiser Colosseum
- Kashtira Birth
- Pot of Duality
- Purrely Delicious Memory
- Synchro Zone
- Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders
- Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
- Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
- Speedroid Terrortop
- Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
- Swordsoul Strategist Longyuan
While the Forbidden and Limited sections are seeing several cards added, Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel will only add one card to its Semi-Limited list. The popular “Purrely” deck is receiving multiple hits with the January update, featuring “Purrely Delicious Memory” limited to one copy and “Purrely Pretty Memory” as the lone new Semi-Limited card. The Unlimited Section sees the once-dominant “Dragon Ruler” cards all set to three copies per deck, alongside key cards for decks featured in the Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V anime like “Speedroid” and “Predaplant.”
The plethora of changes coming to Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel will look to curb the power of some decks expected to get powerful new additions soon. Purrely is expected to receive a new Xyz Monster with “Epurrely Noir” in the near future, giving the deck another option for its Special Summoning effects. “Superheavy Samurai Soulbreaker Armor” was also banned ahead of the release of the new “Superheavy Samurai” support, rumored to be arriving in January. Master Duel‘s new banlist should shake up the game’s meta and help more decks to shine.
Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel
Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel is a 2022 free-to-play master digital collectible card game set in the wider Yu-Gi-Oh universe. Developed and published by Konami Digital Entertainment, the game features multiple skill levels, tournament modes, a solo mode, tons of cards, and more.
- January 19, 2022
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