Why is Monster Reborn Banned in Yu-Gi-Oh?

Monster Reborn, one of the oldest banned cards ever seen in Yu-Gi-Oh, is an extremely potent card that can turn games on their head by forcing one player into drawing it first. With its simple yet effective effect, this powerful card provides an effective means of taking away monsters from an opponent’s graveyard and using Monster Reborn against them to win!

Injection Fairy Lily

Injection Fairy Lily was one of the early, powerful effect monsters to appear in Yugioh TCG and served as an effective counter for many larger monsters. It can increase its ATK by 2000 points during damage calculation of either player’s turn – an effect which only lasts for that battle! Unfortunately, this card was banned during Legacy of Darkness expansion (released June 2003).

This set introduced powerful cards that revolutionized gameplay, such as Winda, Fiber Jar and Delinquent Duo – each altering its direction radically – but perhaps most notable among them is this little bird who caused so much discord among competitors at that time.

Even though this card was one of the weaker banned cards, it still proved powerful enough to beat most monsters during its time of prominence. Furthermore, unlike its competitors that were eventually banned, it didn’t require any materials.

But today, due to monster negation, this card is no longer as strong. Though still playable for casual play, competitive decks should avoid it since it is currently banned – especially as an opponent could easily neutralise it by activating their Injection Fairy Lily when attacking you and giving themselves an advantage over you!


Raigeki was initially banned in the game’s initial set. Its effects are simple yet powerful: destroy all monsters your opponent controls. As more cards with destruction negation or monsters that gain effects when destroyed have been released into circulation, Raigeki became less of a board wipe than it once was and is now considered more of an adequate but fair card; therefore it will be moved from Forbidden (one copy per deck) in 2022 Tin of Lost Memories update.

This will be an enormous change for Duelists who build archetypes which need their monsters on the field in order to avoid punishment, and will allow them to remain competitive against decks with more powerful boards while encouraging more people to play these decks.

Other significant changes include downgrading a variety of Forbidden cards to Semi-Limited status. These cards include Pot of Desires, Lunalight Tiger, Astrograph Sorcerer and Fairy Tail Snow; additionally Destiny HERO Malicious Fusion Destiny Nadir Servant Salamangreat Circle will all be moving from Forbidden status back into Limited status in the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories set.

Steelswarm Roach now can combat the devastating effect of Raigeki and hinder her from wiping out your opponent’s board as quickly. This change marks a great advancement and it provides another crucial layer of defense for Steelswarm Roach against Raigeki destroying boards so easily.

Raigeki should also be noted as being less useful for newer decks with better ways of retrieving monsters from their GY. For instance, many archetypes contain cards specifically tailored towards this end and so it may not make sense for modern players to include this card in their deck.

Change of Heart was banned in 2004’s initial balance list but later unbanned as one of the game’s most potency spells and has helped some older decks become more competitive; however, its inclusion may prove challenging to implement into modern decks or side decks easily.


Yata-Garasu was one of the more controversial cards reinstated with the May 2022 banlist, making an impactful return in May. As a winmore card that makes good hands better and worse ones worse. When dealing damage it forces opponents to forgo their draw phase when dealing damage; effectively depriving them of any card advantage for an entire turn.

Also, due to their inability to be Special Summoned, these creatures pose an extra challenge for modern competitive Yugioh decks that seek first place. Most modern decks prioritize normal summoning over Special summoning in order to quickly clear away boards and set their plan of attack.

When it comes to crafting the famed “Yata-Lock” strategy, the simplest method is to clear both players’ field and hand with Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy of the End before searching and Normal Summoning Sangan or Witch of the Black Forest before activating her effect to summon Yata-Garasu into your hand – using its effect to attack against an opponent until their life points reach zero.

At this point, this strategy is simply too risky to pursue without oversight and it is unlikely to prove successful in future formats due to monsters with powerful effects that provide card advantage.

Yata-Garasu will not see serious competitive play if it were legalized today, given its dependence on inflicting battle damage in order to trigger its effect. With no synergy with decks that reliably go first and no effect that aids your own plays or further your win condition, it is an ineffective card which does nothing for either of the player’s wins nor furthers their victory condition. Therefore, such high-variance decks should be banned to preserve tournament experience for everyone else.

Change of Heart

Change of Heart is an extremely effective spell that allows you to temporarily control an opponent’s monster until their turn ends. This tool is invaluable when trying to disrupt their strategy or kill them quickly. Furthermore, Change of Heart can give your own monster an additional attack and is particularly helpful against decks using Xyz monsters.

This card can make an excellent addition to many decks, though it does have some restrictions that prevent its full potential from being realized. For instance, it can only bring back monsters not Special Summoned from either hand or Graveyard (except Malefic Rainbow Dragon ) while it cannot be used with cards that start chains such as Steelswarm Roach or Call of the Haunted. Nonetheless, it remains an invaluable addition that can enhance some of your best cards even further!

Reintroducing this card would help maintain balance in the game, as it would boost older decks that are becoming obsolete and encourage players to play them again. Furthermore, modern decks often have options available to them for retrieving monsters from the GY.

Reasons why this card should be banned include its ability to rid itself of other cards in play and thus making victory more challenging for opponents. This also ensures a fairer playing experience; no single person should have an unfair advantage by controlling key cards in the game.

Dark Magician Girl was also banned due to her bust being reduced and its pentagram removed, in order to avoid sexual or religious connotations in its art. While this wasn’t a major deal for most players, it did impact player attendance and ultimately the popularity of the game overall.