The Traditional Format was created as a counterpart to the Advanced Format, since some players, especially those that had been playing for longer, still wanted to play with the "Forbidden" cards. Traditional Format does not have a Forbidden List, instead possessing only Limited and Semi-Limited Lists, with all the Forbidden cards from Advanced Format placed in Limited.

Traditional Format isn't used very often in Regional Tournaments, and not at all in National Tournaments or World Championship Events.

The OCG does not use the Traditional List at all, and all OCG Konami Sanctioned Tournaments exclusively use the Advanced Format.