From wiki:

As of September 2013, the OCG and TCG have had different banlists, with multiple cards in fact being Forbidden in one list but Unlimited in the other (in both directions).

Dumb question: How could banlists be so radically different?

Guess: This has something to do with some cards' being TCG-only xor OCG-only.

  • If so, then what specifically are some of these cards that may influence the radical banlist differences, and why?

For other reasons , what and why?

How could banlists be so radically different?

Well, TCG (Trading Card Game) and OCG (Original Card Game) are two separate and different games actually; you can't use cards from one on official games from the other. I am not Konami, but seems logical to me that such lists exist separately.

As you probably know, Yu-Gi-Oh! started first as a Manga, and then an Anime went out (and then translations). Only after some time later is that the OCG was created, and shortly after the TCG. We can see that since it's inception they were conceived differently and for different target audiences.

Another reason that justifies different lists is the fact that cards first come out on OCG, and some time later they appear (or not) on TCG in the latest Booster set available.

This means that for a period of time some cards actually don't exist on the TCG and are legally unable to be played on official events. This shows that OCG has different needs/situations, and at different moments, than TCG regarding the cards that need buffing, nerfing, or erratas.

  • '...some cards actually don't exist...' --> Thanks but again 'So like what are these cards, and what role, if any, do these have to play in the radical banlist differences?' – BCLC Apr 2 at 19:39
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    Well, what if one of those cards needs to be limited, banned, semi-limited or unrestricted? Every card must have one of those categories. It wouldn't make sense for people on TCG to have such card on "their list" if it actually doesn't exist for them. The key argument here is that OCG and TCG are actually different games, thus different rules, bans, etc. – DarkCygnus Apr 2 at 19:56
  • Any specifics pretty please with sugar on top? – BCLC Apr 2 at 20:05
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    @BCLC well, a quick look on the OCG Banlist I found that Ancient Fairy Dragon is forbidden (to my surprise, actually). On TCG, this card is unrestricted, but the reason why this the ban on OCG only Konami knows (perhaps people were abusing it on the OCG but not on the TCG events, thus no need to ban it there also). – DarkCygnus Apr 2 at 22:53
  • DarkCygnus, I meant to ask which OCG-only or which TCG-only cards influence the banlist differences and how. I'm guessing that's the only or at least main reason why the banlists are different. Thanks. Also, I edited for clarification. – BCLC Apr 5 at 0:49

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