In my last article I talked about the myriad changes brought about thanks to the September 1, 2013 TCG forbidden and limited list. Among those changes was the very unexpected (in my opinion, at least) unlimiting of Black Whirlwind, which, along with the three Kalut the deck was given previously, immediately made Blackwings a viable deck again.
This was proven when Blackwings placed in the top 4 at YCS Toronto out of more than 700 duelists who played at the event during the first week in the new format. This is easily the best a Blackwing deck has done at a major event since the 2009-2010 era when Konami decided to go after the deck by limiting Kalut and semi-limiting Icarus Attack, the deck's bread-and-butter trap card.
Given this success, I'd like to take a long, critical look at the deck in a new article type I'm calling "Blast from the Past." These articles will periodically revisit decks that were once popular, fell out of playability, and later returned in a significant way. They'll analyze the given deck's viability in the new format/meta-game, what effects (if any) the deck may have on the shape of the game, and whether or not the deck ultimately has staying power in the face of other archetypes that are currently being played or that will soon be released.
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