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Yugioh Master Duel Xyz Banlist

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Yugioh Master duel has started its first-ever event. The Yugioh digital simulator has had a strong start and with its first event, it’s exciting to see what will be happening in the future for Master Duel. The Xyz Festival is here, with it a new banlist to determine what cards you can and cannot play.

Xyz only

All of the Fusion, Synchro, and Link monsters are gone. This does have a lot of impact on the decks you can play. Phantom Knights would struggle without Rusty Bardiche as an example. This includes all of the vanilla fusion monsters from 2006, your favorite 5ds synchro, and any meta-defining card from the past 5 years of the TCG.

Interesting bans

Beyond the obvious bans, there are other cards that have made their way onto the Xyz festival banlist.

Maindeck monsters

  • Altergeist Multifaker
  • Archlord Krystia
  • Artifact Scythe
  • Contact “C”
  • Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter
  • Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous
  • Dragon Buster Destruction Sword
  • Dreiath III, the True Dracocavalry General
  • Eater of Millions
  • Eldlich the Golden Lord
  • Explossum
  • Exodia the Forbidden One
  • Flying “C”
  • Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo
  • Ghostrick Skeleton
  • Gizmek Orochi, the Serpentron Sky Slash
  • Gnomaterial
  • Ignis Heat, the True Dracowarrior
  • Inspector Boarder
  • Jowgen the Spiritualist
  • Knightmare Corruptor Iblee
  • Kurivolt
  • Majesty Maiden, the True Dracocaster
  • Mystical Fairy Elfuria
  • Numeral Hunter
  • Sandation the Timelord
  • Sephylon, the Ultimate Timelord
  • Subterror Guru
  • The Calibrator
  • Vanity’s Ruler
  • Xyz Avenger
  • Zaborg the Mega Monarch
  • Zap Mustang
  • Zefraath

Some of these make sense and some of them are questionable. Xyz Avenger, Numeral Hunter, Mystical Fairy Elfuria are strictly anti-Xyz cards. Having them in the Xyz Festival wouldn’t be very fun. Kurivolt and the Calibrator benefit from your opponent having Xyz Monsters, these seem to have been banned to stop them being staples within this format. The other bans stop people from playing control decks that are much better than most Xyz-focused decks. Eldlich and True Draco are entirely off-limits. Exodia is an alternative win condition, has to go in the Xyz festival.

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He’s actually forbidden now

Ritual monsters

  • Amorphactor Pain, the Imagination Dracoverlord
  • Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon
  • Drytron Meteonis Draconids
  • Herald of Perfection
  • Herald of Ultimateness
  • Nekroz of Unicore

For the same reason as Eldlich and True Draco, these Rituals are banned. To stop people from playing the more powerful main deck monsters. Nekroz of Unicore is unique in that it needed to be banned for obvious reasons. He negates the effects of all extra deck monsters. It’s clear that Unicore will be on the banlists of every other festival that involve the extra deck.

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Spell Cards

  • Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
  • Jackpot 7
  • Lair of Darkness
  • Nadir Servant
  • Nekroz Kaleidoscope
  • Pot of Extravagance
  • Pot of Prosperity
  • Sargasso the D.D. Battlefield
  • The Monarchs Stormforth
  • Xyz Encore

Jackpot 7 is an alternate win condition, not allowed in the Xyz Festival. The two pot cards involve banishing from the extra deck to draw cards, Master duel wants you to play with the Xyz cards not banish them. Xyz Encore is an anti-Xyz card, no surprise this card is banned.

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Not so lucky now

Trap cards

  • Banquet of Millions
  • Dark Contract with the Eternal Darkness
  • Destiny Board
  • Dimensional Barrier
  • Dogmatika Punishment
  • Double Dragon Descent
  • Forbidden Apocrypha
  • Grisaille Prison
  • Heraldry Record
  • Invincibility Barrier
  • Pinpoint Dash
  • Splash Capture
  • Subterror Final Battle
  • Vain Betrayer
  • Vanity’s Emptiness
  • Warning Point
  • Xyz Universe
Dimensional Barrier
Finally Gagagigo the risen will be good

Mainly cards that target the extra deck card as a way to negate a summon or effect. Dimensional Barrier negates the effects and summons of an extra deck monster type. Cards like Heraldry Record, Xyz Universe, pinpoint dash are cards that normally aren’t too good. But if everyone is playing the same type of Extra deck monster these cards are instantly incredible power cards that could end duels.

No cards have been lifted from the ban list so previously banned cards are still on. The Standard banlist remains unchanged. Having these separate format banlists is a clear benefit of having a digital simulator, these different lists will allow for a myriad of great alternate formats for Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.

Whilst that’s it for this, we’ve been covering a fair bit of Master Duel content, you can find it all here:

You can also read our official Yugioh Master Duel review here.

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