Magic: The Gathering Bans One Card in Standard Format

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Wizards of the Coast has announced today that Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is banned in Magic: The Gathering's Standard format. The decision comes in just less than two weeks after the new Zendikar Rising set was released digitally on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online, and the new Standard rotation.


The blue and green legendary creature released in Theros Beyond Death last January has become helped multicolor ramp decks that use Lotus Cobra, Omnath, Locus of Creation, and Uro dominate the Standard metagame.

"While Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath was a powerful and contentious card in the pre-rotation Standard environment, we wanted to allow the metagame to adapt to the last set of Standard changes and the imminent rotation before making a decision on whether to let it remain a part of the environment going forward," Ian Duke said. "This weekend's events underscored that the Four-Color Omnath decks are dominating early play, and that even the decks built to try to beat those decks utilized the powerful titan."

Duke went on to explain that their goal is to lower the power level of the 4-Color Omnath archetype to a level where they are still "appealing and competitive, but where natural metagame forces are enough to keep them in check" and noted that they will continue to monitor how this strategy and overall metagame adjusts in the coming weeks.


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