Kaladesh is almost upon us and with it, we say good-bye to Dragons of Tarkir and Origins in Standard. There is also the potential that we will be saying good-bye to some cards in other formats, too.
As we always do when we get a new set, we are going to give our thoughts to what may, or may not get banned this time around. We will be focusing just on Modern and Legacy. We typically don’t play Pauper or Commander so don’t give those formats too much thought.
In my opinion, Modern is at the healthiest it’s been in quite a while. There is typically a decent variety of decks being played, which is a good thing. At recent PPTQs that I have either played in or judged, I have seen, Merfolk, Infect, Affinity, Dredge, Soul Sisters, Grixis Control, U/W Control, Naya Burn, RDW, Ad Nauseam, Death’s Shadow Zoo, Big Zoo, Little Zoo, and Jund. Despite all this variety, there is room for some change.
Become Immense – I’ll admit, this one was pretty far off my radar until The Endruin made mention of it. He has recently built infect so has been playing and reading about more than I. It makes sense. Before this card was printed in Khans of Tarkir, Infect was already a super strong deck. The potential to win on turn four was always looming and was something you had to be wary of. Now, with the number of spells and fetch lands you are able to get in the graveyard, Become Immense can push Infect to a turn three deck. A lot of decks just can’t stop that. Infect has always been a popular deck and will remain so without this card. We predict Become Immense will be banned.
Mox Opal – Unfortunately, Mox Opal is the first on the list of cards from Affinity we think needs to be banned. We have mentioned this card multiple times in other ban seasons. It’s another card that simply pushes an already fast deck to break-neck speeds. Affinity would be slowed by it’s lost, but, in truth, it would not be destroyed.
Cranial Plating – If ever there was a card that needs to go, it’s Cranial Plating. This card needs to go for much the same reasons as Become Immense. Cranial Plating, with the power of Arcbound Ravager, pushes Affinity to amazing levels. The ability to equip at instant speed allows for the affinity player to activate two Inkmoth Nexus and switch the Plating to whichever one isn’t being blocked. Typically, this means a win. If not, well, there is always sacrificing a bunch of artifacts to the Ravager.
We see no need to make any changes to Legacy. Sorry Miracle haters, the deck just isn’t as dominating as you think it is.
What cards do you think deserve to be banned? Or, do you disagree with our list? Let us know in the comments below.
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