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Warhammer Underworlds: Forsaken & Restricted Card List Updated

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Jan 09

Warhammer Underworlds has a new update for their Championship and Alliance formats – The Banned and Restricted cards have been updated!

Today, Games Workshop has updated their Forsaken and Restricted card lists for Warhammer Underworlds for both the Championship and Alliance Formats. If you were planning on playing at an Organized Play event, you may want to double check your decklist to make sure you’re still in the clear before you show-up.

Championship Format Rules

Alliance Format Rules

The Ban List

As far as we can tell, it’s the same set of cards for either format. The Forsaken (aka Banned) list is relatively short. Only 4 cards out the hundreds produced so far are on the list. For the Restricted Cards, you CAN use them – but you are limited to 3 total restricted cards across your objective and power decks.

Finding the delicate balance in card games is a pretty tough job. And it gets even harder as more and more cards are added to the pool. It’s good to see Games Workshop staying on top of this for Warhammer Underworlds – especially if they want to keep it as the “ultimate competitive miniatures game” that they set out for it to be.

If you want to read the decisions behind why these cards were added to their respective lists, Warhammer Community has a short article from lead designer Dave Sanders explaining why they were chosen.

via Warhammer Community


Cards may be Forsaken when they are having a disproportionate effect on the game and distorting the meta, when they are not working as intended, or when they are proving to be overly complex for players to use. Keep Them Guessing and Aggressive Defence both fall foul of one or two of these criteria, and we have reluctantly concluded that the Championship and Alliance formats will be better off without these cards.

When we first introduced the Restricted list, it was because we were seeing a lot of ‘samey’ decks in Organised Play, with only slight variations from a number of archetypes. When we Restricted some of the worst-offending cards, we quickly saw far greater variety in the decks that people were using, which made competitions much more exciting!


That’s all for now on the Warhammer Underworlds front. Get ready for a shake-up for the Deck lists and a new warband on the horizon!



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