We are still a few weeks off from the Aether Revolt and the subsequent B/R announcement but, that doesn’t mean we don’t get to speculate! We have taken the time to ask around our Magic communities to see what it was they think needs to be banned, and or, restricted. The answers we received were pretty much universal.
Before we get started, let me state that I really don’t think there is a need to ban anything, currently. Yes, I think there are some decks that are flexing their muscles, right now. Still, I don’t feel anything is completely dominating. With that being said, let’s kick this off with Modern.
Simian Spirit Guide – What better way to get surprise red mana than with a Simian Spirit Guide. As an Ad Nauseam player, I have been able to use this card for clutch purposes on more than one occasion. Simian Spirit Guide has a solid home in Ad Nauseam, Living End, R/G Breach, W/R Prison, and even a little bit in Scapeshift. Simian Spirit Guide is an excellent source of explosive mana for these types of decks and, as such, has become the bane of several Modern players. I know of a Fish player who pines for the banning of the magical ape every chance he gets.
Mox Opal – This powerful artifact is fast fuel for Affinity decks. It is not uncommon to see two of these hit the board one right after another to power out some of the deck’s more powerful cards. The banning of Mox Opal would slow down Affinity, but it wouldn’t destroy the deck. And, unlike Simian Spirit Guide, the banning of Mox Opal will only seriously impact one deck.
Become Immense – Before this card was printed, Infect was a strong deck. Now, with it, Infect is insane. In a great draw situation, I have seen Infect pull off some blazing fast wins – turn two wins were not un-heard of. With Become Immense, turn two wins seem to be more like the norm. While I stand by my earlier statement that nothing in modern needs to be banned, this is the card I would most like to see go.
A couple cards I have heard rumblings about are Blood Moon and Inkmoth Nexus. I could almost make a case for Inkmoth Nexus but not for Blood Moon. I think the easiest fix for Blood Moon is to play with a few basic lands.
I do not think there is anything in this format that needs to be banned. Yes, peopled would love to see Sensei’s Diving Top banned, but I don’t see it happening.
As for Commander and Standard, well, I don’t play Commander enough to pretend to know and Standard is fine.
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