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Banned and Restricted Annoucement - November 18th 2019

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By: andreliverod - 18 Nov 2019

Announcement Date: November 18, 2019





Tabletop Effective Date: Nov 22, 2019

MTG Arena Effective Date: Nov 18, 2019

Magic Online Effective Date: Nov 18, 2019

Next B&R Announcement: December 16, 2019

The AetherHub Legality engine has been updated with the new information, check out the new Metagame here:

Standard: https://aetherhub.com/Meta/Metagame/Standard 

Brawl: https://aetherhub.com/Meta/Brawl 

Legacy: https://aetherhub.com/Meta/Metagame/Legacy 

Vintage: https://aetherhub.com/Meta/Metagame/Legacy 


Below is the original ban announcement article from Wizards, source: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/november-18-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement



Over the past several weeks, the Standard metagame has been in an unhealthy state, so we're taking significant steps to rectify it. The two major issues are the dominance of Simic-based Food decks featuring Oko, Thief of Crownsimage and the general overrepresentation of green in the competitive metagame.

Food decks featuring Oko, Thief of Crownsimage have been the most popular and most winning for the majority of the Throne of Eldraine Standard season. This culminated with almost 70% of decks at Mythic Championship Richmond including the card. Based on data from high-ranked Arena traditional (Best-of-Three) play, only one of the other ten most-played decks (Simic Flash) had a favorable matchup against Simic-based Food decks, and only just above 50%. Food decks maintained an average of about a 53% non-mirror match win rate, even with the metagame focused on beating them.

Oko, Thief of Crownsimage has also reduced metagame diversity and diversity of gameplay in Standard by shutting off build-around creatures and artifacts. Ultimately, Oko's power level has proven higher than is healthy for the current metagame, and higher than intended for future environments, including Theros: Beyond Death and forward.

To address green's general dominance, we're also choosing to remove Once Upon a Timeimage and Veil of Summerimage from the environment. Alongside Oko, Thief of Crownsimage, Once Upon a Timeimage is one of the key reasons green has been overrepresented in the environment. It contributes to a high consistency of strong starts and provides a level of early mana fixing that other colors don't have access to. This advantage is especially important in the context of a small five-set Standard card pool with less flexible mana bases. Arena data indicates that, without also removing Once Upon a Time, green decks would still continue to be too powerful and consistent going forward.

Finally, Veil of Summerimage is also playing an important role in preventing the metagame from being able to self-correct. Cards that played similar roles in the past, like Autumn's Veilimage and Display of Dominanceimage, proved a lower power level than desired in their respective Standard environments, leaving green with a weaker option compared to the other "color hate" cards in those cycles. Veil of Summerimage is at the other end of the spectrum. It's too much more efficient than the other cards in its cycle, and by comparison to other tools available in Standard, it gives green decks too much resilience against removal and disruption.

We believe these changes are necessary and sufficient to open up the Standard metagame to a much higher degree of diversity, and the resulting environment going forward will more closely match design intent.

For more information about what these bannings mean on Magic: The Gathering Arena for collections, pack collations, and events, click here.


For similar reasons outlined in the Standard discussion, and to bring tabletop and Arena Brawl into alignment, Oko, Thief of Crownsimage is also banned in tabletop Brawl.


Since their adoption of Wrenn and Siximage, Temur Delver variants have become dominant in Legacy. In Magic Online league play over recent weeks, Temur Delver has maintained a 56.5% win rate and earned over three times as many 5-0 finishes as the next deck. Most importantly, it has a favorable matchup against each of the other ten most-played decks.

While a strong card in general, Wrenn and Siximage is especially powerful in Legacy because of its interaction with Wastelandimage and the historic prevalence of metagame-defining 1-toughness creatures like Mother of Runesimage; Thalia, Guardian of Thrabenimage; and Young Pyromancerimage. Prior to the addition of Wrenn and Siximage to Temur Delver decks, the Legacy metagame was generally looking healthy. In order to weaken Temur Delver decks and bring the metagame into a better balance again, Wrenn and Siximage is banned in Legacy.


Following up on the recent changes to the restricted list and the results of Eternal Weekend North America 2019, we're making one additional change. In the context of the fast mana and efficient card draw available in Vintage, Narset, Parter of Veilsimage is contributing to one-sided games at a higher degree than is healthy. In order to reduce the frequency at which an early Narset, Parter of Veilsimage' static ability soft-locks the opposing player out of the game, Narset is restricted.

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What the elk you talkin' bout willis?
Ok... whats next to complain about that will rule the meta? It will always be 1-2 decks that make up a majority of Tier 1 competitive decks.
Yippee we are no longer 3/3 elks!!
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