Magic: The Gathering Banned & Restricted Announcement For April 2018
Today, Wizards of the Coast has posted a banned and restricted announcement for Magic: The Gathering, and as expected, no changes were made in all formats.
The last time Wizards made changes is back in February when Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, The Mind Sculptor were unbanned in Modern format. The last time they banned cards was back in January when they banned four cards in Standard, including Attune with Aether, Rogue Refiner, Rampaging Ferocidon, and Ramunap Ruin.
Thankfully, all formats seem balanced and diverse right now. The recent Standard and Modern Grand Prix results show that, and it's impressive how the Standard Blue-Red God-Pharaoh's Gift deck had a breakthrough performance at Grand Prix Seattle earlier this month, considering how late it emerged in the season.
Of course, Standard will go through a major change when the Dominaria set is released on April 27. So far, none of the Dominaria cards look overpowered though so it's unlikely that another card in Standard will get banned. However, it's still too early to tell. Players might discover powerful strategies that could cause an imbalance in the metagame.
For Modern, one of the most-talked-about Dominaria cards that will most likely impact the format is Damping Sphere, which is an effective sideboard answer to powerful Modern archetypes like Storm and Tron. It's good to see that the format looks pretty diverse months after the unbannings of Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor.
You can check out the full list of banned and restricted Magic cards here.
The next banned and restricted announcement will be made on July 2, 2018.