5 Magic: the Gathering Standard Cards Most Likely to Get Banned on Monday

Author Thumbnail BY Brian McCormick - January 13, 2018

On Monday, January 15th, Magic: The Gathering will make their scheduled Banned and Restricted List announcement. In a typical Standard season, this would be an uneventful announcement, as Standard bans are very rare. But recently, with public outcry, we have seen a much higher number of bans, ranging from Emrakul to Smuggler's Copter, Aetherworks Marvel, and more.

This Monday, Temur Energy decks are in the crosshairs of Standard Players. Many players are tired of playing in a Standard dominated by the efficiency of Energy based decks. The most common complaint is that there is little interaction vs Energy. An Energy deck can amass a huge amount of energy which can't be depleted or punished by an opponent. WOTC R&D later admitted that Energy ended up being too strong, but the reason they didn't print any cards that punished or interacted with it was that they were afraid Energy wasn't a strong enough mechanic, and they wanted to give it the best chance of seeing play. Well, no worries there! If you want to read more about why people want Energy banned, read here.

With that being said, in no particular order, here are the cards we think are most likely Wizards of the Coast would ban from Standard in order to balance the meta and Energy decks:


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Brian McCormick is a Fantasy and Science Fiction enthusiast & Co Founder of Epicstream.com