Ban List Update January 11th
Announcement Date: 1/11/2019
Effective Date: 1/18/2019
Currently New Frontiers is fairly open with Time Spinning Witch, Chamimi, Gill, Hanzo, and Kirik all placing well in events around the world. In addition, all of the aforementioned decks play very different from one another, which increases the variety of deck choice we have been working to achieve. However, there has been rising concern across the world in terms of play experience. To this we are addressing the issue as follows.
At the time Spirit Stone was introduced to the game, there was a very important choice to be made when considering it for your deck: Is it more important to have the ability to draw more cards, or to add another Attribute to the deck? For the entirety of the Lapis/Reiya New Frontiers format, Wind decks were exceptionally strong, but the answer to that question was never the same. Faerur and Scheharezade both saw overwhelming success over the past year, and the inclusion of Spirit Stone was never a guarantee over adding third Attribute, and the powerful cards that would go along with it. Without that interesting decision adding depth to our game, the inclusion of Spirit Stone is at an easy 100% inclusion for Wind decks, and is exceedingly powerful in combination with a card like Forest Meditation. We’ll keep a close eye on this one, but for now, Spirit Stone is banned in New Frontiers.
The largest concern we have as a company is that people are enjoying our game. When we have outstanding win percentages or unbeatable decks, as we have in the past, ban lists will be there to step in. However, this time we are attempting to get ahead of the curve. We expect that certain strong decks will become even stronger in the new format V2 brings with it, and to prevent one deck from absolutely dominating, in conjunction with removing a known problem for the time being, we are attempting to strike first in order to continue on the great diversity and game play experience that we have been producing.
As always, we will continue to monitor the format with the addition of cards from The Strangers of New Valhalla and continuously check to see if anything can return to play with each additional set that enters New Frontiers.
WandererGretel - Banned
An incredibly powerful resonator that has enjoyed the spotlight since the Wanderer format’s inception. What has finally pushed Gretel over the edge was the change to the [Enter] tag in combination with her Human/Fairy Tale typing. This allowed for certain combination decks to create immense value at an unstoppable pace. This ban was a long time coming.
As the format continues to develop we hope to find cards that may return to the play experience to further the enjoyment of the Wanderer experience.
Origins - No Change
Errata PofA-019 Alisaris, Minion of Lapis, PofA-048 Blazer, Minion of Lapis and PofA-092 Grand Cross Reincarnation