Two cards have been banned in Japan!
Even during the current COVID situation, Japan is still keeping an eye on the TCG. There hasn’t been many tournaments going on but there seem to be some. Especially in Japan where the COVID situation is being handled a degree that allows some tournament play. Though, it seems as if two cards in Japan have now been deemed banned in tournament play starting September 1st, 2020: Mismagius (Unbroken Bonds UNB 78) and Bellelba & Brycen-Man (Cosmic Eclipse CEC 186).
These two cards have been judged to limit the opponent from playing the game. In particularly, they extremely limit the actions of the opponent alongside with various other cards. Though, these two cards in particular seem to be the core engine that allow for combos that do not allow the opponent the play while also making it much more difficult to prepare any sort of counter.
Mismagius (Unbroken Bonds UNB 78) has already been banned in the English TCG in the Expanded format. The ability to make your opponent take prizes then later using Reset Stamp in the same turn. This combo can be done on the second turn to where your opponent will have a limited hand to mount any sort of counter.
Bellelba & Brycen-Man (Cosmic Eclipse CEC 186) has not seen any sort ban in the US but perhaps it will now that it has been banned in Japan. This card forces you and your opponent to discard cards from their deck. It can also be used to limit your opponent’s bench. Though, this card along with Lt. Surge can allow you to discard several cards from the top of the opponent’s deck. Thus, limiting even more actions that your opponent can do. Perhaps putting them in a position to lose the match due to deck out.
As mention before, Mismagius has already been banned in the English TCG’s Expanded format. Though, something similar may happen to Bellelba & Brycen-Man later on. When this happen then we will report upon it.
These bans will go in effect on September 1st, 2020 in Japan.
Source: Pokemon Card Japan