Wizards has updated the Banlist today, so let's take a quick look at the announcement!
Effective Date: October 12, 2020
What Does This Mean?
A lot of players were expecting Omnath to NOT be banned since it's one of the banner cards of the new set and were expecting Wizards to wait until the next set is out. Well, Wizards decided otherwise and banned Omnath out of Standard. This weekend's 2020 Grand Finals tournament Top 8 proved that when the three non-Omnath decks went a combined 1-6 in the Top 8. With the continuing dominance of Omnath in Standard, it is no surprise to anyone that it got banned.
The other two bans are fail-safe bans to ensure Ramp decks will not dominate. One might argue thatshould've been banned too, but Lotus Cobra is a lot easier to interact with than and .
Moving onto Historic, Wizards solidified theand suspensions. I'm a Bo1 Historic player and I haven't really seen Omnath be a problem there, although Wizards quoted Bo3 data for the suspension. Bo1 Ladder is dominated by Goblins, so I'm a little surprised why there are no suspensions in that deck. With the continued dominance of Goblins though, isn't as big as a problem as it used to be, so the unsuspension here makes sense.
In Brawl, Omnath decks dominate and any Brawl players have seen their share of Omnath decks. According to AetherHub's data, Omnath is 25% of the meta, which is unhealthy for the format. Brawl should be a diverse format, so it's a good thing Omnath was banned out of it, although I think they only should've only banned him as a Commander.
What are your thoughts about the banning? Do you think Wizards was too heavy-handed this time?
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