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Monday, December 10, 2012

A New Restriction List!?

A few hours ago, the Cardfight!! Vanguard Facebook just posted news on a new restriction list which would take effect starting from the 1st January, 2013. This restriction is only applied to the Japanese version of the game and is stated to have no plans to be applied to the English version.

Quote from the Facebook page:

**As the situation is different for the Japanese and English versions, there are currently no plans to implement the following restriction for the English version of Cardfight!! Vanguard at all!**


With effect from the 1st of January 2013, for the Japanese version of Cardfight!! Vanguard, the cards highlighted in the following list will be restricted to up to a total of two cards in the deck (including the first vanguard).

King of Knights, Alfred
Majesty Lord Blaster
Wingal Brave

Lizard Soldier, Conroe
Dragonic Overlord the End

Silent Tom
Godhawk, Ichibyoshi
Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi

*This includes all cards of the same name with different rarities.

OK: King of Knights, Alfred x 2
OK: Majesty Lord Blaster x 1, Wingal Brave x 1
- Total of 2 in a deck, so it’s fine.

Not OK: Majesty Lord Blaster x 2, Wingal Brave x 1
Not OK: Dragonic Overlord the End x 2, Lizard Soldier, Conroe x 1


This list is actually quite a shock for me as I am planning to get a Majesty deck build and planned to buy a couple of boxes for set 4 and 5. I might change my mind, the list also greatly brings down my hopes for the game. This list really brings down a lot of the builds. The restriction is very strict as you can only use up to 2 of the cards listed.

This list would bring down The End to having only 1 copy for persona blast. That is the only strong point for the card and it is now basically taken away from it. Not being able to rely on Conroe also means that you are stuck with vanilla starter. That would bring you down to 1 less rear-guard and lacking of Conroe's ability to bring you good rears or perfect guards.

Majesty consistency would be brought down by a lot since you can only have 1 Wingal Brave and 1 Majesty. Unless if you're lucky enough to get it into your hand, relying on Brave to get Majesty would be an important point for the deck. You could possibly wait till you get it later with other grade 3 like Pendragon and such but you would lose out on Bediviere's effectiveness and you won't have the luxury to enjoy an early 2 critical vanguard.

The drop on Wingal Brave also affects Phantom Blaster Overlord decks. As you could no longer rely on Brave to find another Overlord or Dragon to add to soul. You would also have less soul for Bat's soul blast. Restriction on Alfred is supposed to drop Majesty's consistency on getting Blaster Blade and Blaster Dark on the field but I still think that it is not necessary.

Tsukuyomi decks are also brought down to only 1 Full Moon with no Toms. This greatly affects the consistency of the deck which is already somewhat lacking but also takes away quite some of their offenses of Toms. Not only that, they would add Godhawk into the list! Seriously, who would benefit from having more than 1 Godhawk in the deck!?

All that aside, the rule on Barcgal was not dropped and it will remain unavailable as your starting vanguard. This is much expected since exculpate was just recently released for the Japanese version.

I could only think of 3 reasons for Bushiroad to do this. One being that it these cards are overused in tournaments and would like players to try out different builds. Another reason would be for their own benefit. As the arrival of set 10 draws close these pretty 'old' clans are said to get support in the set and Bushiroad wants these cards to sell. The last reason would be that the cards in set 10 would justify the restriction of the cards. The support might make the listed cards too powerful and so decided to restrict them.

Overall, I am not happy to see the list as these 'powerful' cards can now be easily dealt with and are of not much threat. If this list stays in effect for long, there is a high chance that they will be implemented to the English game and many people would not want that. The list would cause people to avoid investing on set 5 because it might turn out to be bad for them.

CoCo 4 Lyf
Peace Out


  1. This is by all, Bushiroad's WORST ACT they have ever done. Seriously, they killed off 3 of one the most attractive decks of the game not to mention that the restrictions are utterly unfair when compared to the other clans. I mean The End Persona is not that almighty, scary and powerful I agree but broken? Nah... Poor Tsukuyomi already had it hard with the fact that her evolution is not completely consistent, now only one of her can be played?? Seriously WTF. Worse of all, MLB is pretty much over weaken. I mean, why does the Royal Paladin always get the short end of the stick? Their first VG Barcgal was banned from being the starter and now Wingal Brave, MLB and Alfred KoK is restricted too? Seriously, y don't they restrict other cards like Great Daiyusha who has even higher power and easier requirement to activate who has the LB version of MLB's ability? Seriously, Bushiroad is the Void for the real world's VG players.

  2. Well, on their defense, these cards are really overplayed in the Japanese meta. That being the case, they are trying this new list to encourage players to use other clans and also observe on how the meta will change with the restriction list. That aside, they also made a tournament on March where the restriction list are all turned off. This would mean that Barcgal can also be used as the starting vanguard. Silvest is also made a viable option for the tournament.

  3. Although, I am not saying that I agree with the list.

  4. Well, I can understand that. But they should not restrict it that badly. I mean, only 2 out of the list is a bit TOO harsh. Instead of that, Bushi should have restrict all of the units to 2 each. It will not really make too much of an impact but it should be more than good enough to nerve down the decks to "give a chance to the other decks". Although, I still don't think they should be nerved at all. Well, the tourney only applies to their locals doesn't it?

    Haha, yeah, based on your reaction towards it and the fact that you wanted to make a MLB deck kinda told me about that XD