Eye of Ugin is Finally Banned! Wizards of the Coast Announced Banned and Restricted Update

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The new Magic: The Gathering set, Shadows Over Innistrad, will be released this Friday, so it's time for Wizards of the Coast to announce their banned and restricted update. This time, they're only banning one card, and it's the card that many of us can't wait to get banned, the one that was breaking the Modern format: Eye of Ugin!

Ever since the powerful Eldrazi cards from Oath of the Gatewatch became Modern-legal, various Eldrazi decks have been dominating the format, including the Pro Tour, where six out of the Top 8 decks were Eldrazi-based. Thanks to Eye of Ugin and Eldrazi Temple, Eldrazi decks have the best mana base that could enable players to cast big Eldrazi creatures that just overwhelm the board. A lot of players even demanded for an emergency ban because the Eldrazi builds are just too powerful. And now, it's finally banned!

A couple of cards in Modern also got unbanned: Ancestral Vision and Sword of the Meek. And Lodestone Golem was restricted in Vintage.

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Check out the summary of today's B&R update below:

Announcement Date: April 4, 2016

Effective Date: April 8, 2016
Magic Online Effective Date: April 13, 2016
Modern:
Eye of Ugin is banned.
Ancestral Vision is unbanned.
Sword of the Meek is unbanned.
Vintage:
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Lodestone Golem is restricted.

(Sigh of relief!) I was expecting Eye of Ugin to be banned, and I'm glad that I sold my playset last month. I almost lost my mood to attend Grand Prix Charlotte's main event next month, but this announcement just fixed the Modern format.

The next B&R annoucement will be on July 18. See the full explanation of changes and the full announcent at Wizards.