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Baneful's Column
Baneful's Take V: Way To Go, ARG
By Baneful
July 8, 2015

Source: http://articles.alterealitygames.com/announcing-the-arg-format/

 

Konami decided not to make a definitive end date for the April 1st 2015 ban list.  This has resulted in no July ban list being in sight.  Konami has stated that it would be easier to release ban lists as needed (when all of the right information has been gathered) instead of just predicting what the game would need for the next six.

 

That would have been understandable had Konami not cashed in on the Nekroz archetype and create a huge imbalance in the metagame.  ARG, a large Yugioh tournament organization, has taken it upon themselves to release their own ban list.  This is not an official ban list, obviously, but this is one that is backed by a sizable organization that is organizing tournaments which pay out big prize money (one thing that Konami - unlike Wizards with MTG - has long avoided).  That alone is enough to both motivate and gain the respect of competitive players.

 

One reason they made their own list was so that players would have adequate time to prepare for their event, rather than possibly being ambushed by an official Konami list a day or two before the event.  Whatever Konami decides to do now, they're in a dilemma. They will have to compete against a near-perfect list most people can on-the-whole agree with which practically balances the entire game.

 

Part of me sees this as a very practical way a third party group can help solve disputes.  Part of me is also happy when I see irresponsible people in positions of authority embarrassed when someone else proposes a better solution.  But on the bright side, this might start a precedent for numerous tournaments to craft their own formats to add depth and variety to the game.

 

If ARG's paying, the people are playing.  Ball's in your court Konami.

 

 


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