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A classic Yu-Gi-Oh card from the original series is finally unbanned after 17 years.
If you're over the age of 25, the chances are that you've witnessed this game being the forefront of importance back on the school yard, with 'Blue Eyes White Dragon' being the card of dreams.
Well, on Tuesday, 17 May, Konami decided to update their roster of forbidden and limited cards and what came up was the coveted Change of Heart card, which is now eligible to play with in the official card game.
The card, which first appeared in season two of the anime, was banned in April 2005 for seemingly being too overpowering.
As reported by Polygon, the card allows you to take complete control of one of your opponent’s summoned monsters and use it against them until the End Phase of a turn.
This basically means that players can have a one copy of the card in their Main Deck, Extra Deck, and Side Deck combined.
Fans have been absolutely buzzing with the news, with one user tweeting: "BRO WHAT?!?!?!1 CHANGE OF HEART IS BACK."
While a second added: "AINT NO WAY CHANGE OF HEART IS BACK."
"Putting it back in my deck ONGOD I WILL," another commented.
A fourth wrote: "If that card is in master duel now, im bouta f**k with every single one of the people who use Destroyer Phoenix."
Someone else added: "This has to be some kind of experiment to see how powerful current cards are."
As you can see, fans of the game do take it very seriously.
So much so, a petition on Change.org argued Yu-Gi-Oh should be considered a ‘legitimate sport in the Olympics’.
They argue that the game ‘requires dexterity (when drawing the cards), athleticism (when playing the cards), and endurance (when you’re in round 10 of a [ Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series])’.
Apparently a petition has been made to make Yu-Gi-Oh! an Olympic sport. I agree...👀— AnimeHub (@ayofamz) August 3, 2021
Fans were very much on board with the idea and one wrote: "This game is a legitimate sport, it’s a test of body and spirit."
Another person commented: "Amazing idea not only would I want to participate I would make the argument it would be more watched than any professional sport."
Sadly, the petition has still not hit its target of 25,000 signatures and remains stuck on 17,570, at the time of writing.
Launched by Xiran Jay Zhao, she added: "I now call on the International Olympic Committee to add Yugioh as an official Olympic sport to both mend this injustice and to apologize to Japan for making them go through with the 2020 Tokyo games."
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