The rally announces more surprise bans

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Magic: the gathering Monday announced another round of surprise card bans. While Wizards of the Coast did not reveal the impending decision until Sunday after the end of the the magic Grand Final 2020, the content of the decisions should not shock anyone who has watched this event. The wizards of the coast have banned Omnath, Place of Creation in Standard, Historical, and Brawl games. Omnath, Locus of Creation appeared in 72% of Grand Finale decks. This is a more serious over-representation than Oko, saw Crown Thief before his ban. Although the Grand Finals event was in Standard, Omnath, Locus of Creation format proved powerful enough in Historic and Brawl to be banned from those formats as well.

Wizards of the Coast has also banned Lucky Clover and Escape to the Wilds on Standard. These two cards are essential for generating the value and advantage of the cards at the heart of Adventure decks, which reached their peak with the release of Omnath, Locus of Creation in Zendikar Rising.

Additionally, Wizards of the Coast banned Wilderness Reclamation and Teferi, Time Raveler from the historical game while restoring the legality of Burning-Tree Emissary. Here is the full list of changes, which are in effect today:

  • Standard:
    • Omnath, place of creation is forbidden.
    • Lucky Clover is banned.
    • Escape to the Wilds est interdit.
  • Historical:
    • Omnath, Locus of Creation est suspendu.
    • Teferi, Time Raveler is banned.
    • The recovery of nature is prohibited.
    • The Burning-Tree emissary is not suspended.
  • Fight:
    • Omnath, place of creation is forbidden.

Explaining the decision behind the bans, designer Ian Duke writes: “The two most popular games in the standard metagame, the Four-Color Ramp and Four-Color Adventures, both feature Omnath, the Place of Creation. While we saw a marked drop in Four-Color Ramp’s win rate following the ban on Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath, especially against aggressive red and green decks and Blue-Black Rogues, ramp decks Omnath continue to warp the metagame. Four-Color Adventures became the deck with the highest overall win rate and has a favorable match against 9 out of 10 of the other top decks that don’t play Omnath.

“This metagame dominance manifested itself in player deck choices for the Grand Final. While it is common in a small court invitational tournament for players to test out together and converge on a few decks, in this case the field was striking 23 Omnath decks. out of a total of 32. To remedy the domination of Omnath, place of creation, it is prohibited in Standard. ”

Duke goes on to explain that designers expect Adventure decks to still dominate even without Omnath, Locus of Creation. To curb this, they took Lucky Clover out of the game, but are hoping that Edgewall Innkeeper’s continued existence will mean the archetype doesn’t go away entirely. Wizards of the Coast banned Escape to the Wilds to further curb the continued dominance of ramp bridges.

The bans come into effect today in Magic: the gathering board game, Magic: the gathering arena, and Magic: The Gathering en ligne.

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