With Eldritch Moon close to hitting shelves, so, too, is the update to the banned/restricted list. As we always do, let’s take a look at what could be some potential changes to the list.
Standard – Nothing. There is nothing that is completely dominating or warping the format. While there are some excellent decks, none of them have cards in need of banning. Even Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy has diminished throughout his time in Standard. There is simply no need to ban anything.
Modern – I feel confident in saying there is nothing too deserving of being banned. That being said, I do have a card I wouldn’t mind seeing on the B/R list.
Mox Opal – it is the force that drives Affinity decks. The ability of Affinity players to chain the Opal is extremely powerful. It’s not the first time we have suggested banning this card, either. With that in mind, I know it’s highly unlikely this card will be banned. I think the fact that it’s a Legendary artifact is what prevents it from being slammed with the ban-hammer.
What about unbanning?
Deathrite Shaman – Come on! Gives us our most favorite one-drop planeswalker back! Please? In the current Modern dredge is really gaining in popularity. Plus, Snapcaster Mage continues to be a dominant force. The best weapon against these decks is the Shaman. When Deathrite Shaman was first banned it was pretty apparent it had to go. Now, the format continues to be stable and, in my opinion, strong enough to support having Deathrite Shaman back.
Legacy – I know what the chatter is for Legacy. All the pitchfork-carrying, Miracles-hating players are screaming for Sensei’s Divining Top to be banned. Yes, the deck is annoying to play against. Yes, the combo lock of Counterbalance and Top makes it so just one person gets to play Magic but, isn’t beatable. It sure does appear so.
At Grand Prix: Columbus, Clay Spicklemire defeated the most highly regarded Miracles player, Joel Losset, with Infect to win the Grand Prix. Yes, Losset was playing Miracles.
In my opinion, Miracles gets a bad rap because the deck is so slow. I do not think it is unbeatable, nor do I think it is dominating the Legacy format. Therefore, it is my opinion, there is no need to ban the Top.
Other than that, I can’t see anything else needing to be banned in Legacy. Nor can I see anything needing to be unbanned. I think Legacy is in a pretty good place right now.
It’s only a few more days before we found out how my predictions line up. Let me know in the comments if you agree or not.
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