Yu-Gi-Oh! unbans card that has been in the little house for 17 years

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel was recently released on Steam with great success, but back in the real world the physical version of Konami’s card battle game is more popular than ever (here’s our guide to getting started). As with all these great card games, the competitive rules change over time and certain cards that are considered too powerful are banned from competition or limited in their use.

And now, after 17 years, Konami has unbanned one of those cards. It’s called Change of Heart and it’s much loved by players because it allows you to be your opponent’s main asshole: the card gives you control over one of your opponent’s monsters and lets you use it against them for one turn (thank you polygon). Undoubtedly, his biggest fans also play Priest in Hearthstone.

The news came as part of a broader update to the list of prohibited and limited cards for competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! Touch. change of heart has been banned since April 2005but now it’s limited: meaning players can have one of them in their deck (confusingly, Yu-Gi-Oh! has three deck types: you can have one of them all).

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans seem to be excited about Change of Heart being unbanned. I haven’t watched the anime, but apparently the card plays a role in the story. Even from the outside, it’s clear why this card would have been banned all those years ago. Balancing around a card that can turn its best monster against its own health feels like a nightmare, but perhaps 17 years of subsequent card releases have dulled Change of Heart’s bite.

Mainly, the news is making folk nostalgic for the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! The consensus seems to be that this card has such good basic utility that it’s essential for certain decks, and that the half-demon-half-angel art is completely hefty. Or as Redditboisss put it: “Change of Heart is crazy. Apollousa with 3200 attack? Mine now.”

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