Have you ever found yourself sitting at the table with your jaw dropped and eyebrows getting closer together while your opponent pulls off their cheating skills/cancer combo and there’s nothing you can do about it? Well fear not, because Bushiroad Japan has noticed this issue and has rolled out the updated treatment for cancer!
Just kidding, it’s an updated restriction list for the Japanese format.
This list will be in effect from 1st February 2017. The details are as follows:
The following cards are restricted to only 1 copy in a deck:
G-BT05/101 “Tick Tock Worker“
G-BT04/062 “Doctoroid Refros“
G-BT06/103 “Cosmos Pixy, Lizbeth“
G-BT06/091 “Seven Seas Apprentice, Nightrunner” <NEW>
G-BT05/103 etc “Steam Battler, Ur-Watar” <NEW>
G-DG01/006 etc “Sanctuary Guard Dragon” <NEW>
The following cards are restricted to only 2 copies in a deck:
G-CB02/021 “Flash Ripple, Odysseus“
The following card has its restriction removed and can be chosen as the First Vanguard:
BT01/016 etc “Lizard Soldier, Conroe“
The list has been rather consistent throughout, so I’ll only be talking about the cards are affected and have been recently added. But before that, someone please enlighten me, in full detail, WHY LIZBETH IS STILL RESTRICTED TO 1 COPY! Ahem…
Seven Seas Apprentice, Nightrunner
“Limiting Nightrunner won’t do much. For a Seven Seas rush, Seven Seas Pillager, Nightspinel is the more dangerous unit of the deck. Limiting Nightrunner would still be okay had there been no viable substitute, in this case more Chappie the Ghosties.” – Ben
Well, thanks Ben. XD
Steam Battler, Ur-Watar
Again, this falls on the category of “this will not do much”, mainly because the prime suspect in this case is Steam Maiden, Melem. The only reason why this card would be restricted is because of his ability to be sent back to deck on bind and gives you one extra draw. Even restricting him would not eliminate the problem of calling him from the deck, although it does increase the chance of your opponent pulling his hair out if Ur-Watar is send to the drop zone or damage zone.
Sanctuary Guard Dragon
“My best guess is that they want to push players to play Sanctuary Guard Ark more.” – ZaCaptain
Well, I don’t know what to make of that line. There was an outcry for a restriction on Sanctuary Guard Regalie for being too powerful, but with the attention on Gear Chronicle getting hit, it made us forget why it is the case.
All that can be thought up is that the one reason Sanctuary Guard Regalie didn’t get hit because Sanctuary Guard Arc players would lose one of the only 2 Sanctuary Guard strides available.
Lizard Soldier Conroe
“After all these years…” – ZaCaptain
Thank you, Cap, for such an insightful comment. >_>
Conroe being restricted from being a First Vanguard has been a thing for almost the entirety of Vanguard’s existence. There was a lot of talk that Spike Brothers’ Mecha Trainer would get hit similarly but when you think about it, Spike Brothers could have been used as a test to see whether if Kagero still needed to have Conroe restricted. We may see a renewed resurgence of Kagero in the competitive scene.
On that note, we hope that this new restriction list will perform its purpose in getting players to compete with other builds. While the hit doesn’t seem to properly address any of the game-breaking problems the competitive scene has, we hope this will “inspire” players to create more unique decks, and to see other clans rank much more highly in tournaments.
On a final note, let’s make this a thing: #makeOTTgreatagain.