Magic: The Gathering Cards Banned in Standard, Historic & Brawl

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Wizards of the Coast's Ian Duke has announced the Magic: The Gathering cards they're banning in Standard, Historic, and Brawl formats.

In Standard, they are banning these three cards:

Omnath, Locus of Creation

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Lucky Clover

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Escape the Wilds

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For Historic, here are the changes:

Omnath, Locus of Creation is suspended
Teferi, Time Raveler is banned
Wilderness Reclamation is banned
Burning-Tree Emissary is unsuspended

For Brawl, Omnath Locus of Creation is banned.

Omnath, Locus of Creation, the most powerful card printed in the latest set Zendikar Rising, was banned in three formats. For Standard, WotC pointed out the dominance of two of the most popular Omnath decks in the meta, Four-Color Ramp and Four-Color Adventures. "This metagame dominance manifested itself in players' deck choices for the Grand Finals," Duke said in today's announcement. "While it's common in a small-field invitational tournament for players to test together and converge on a few decks, in this case the field was a striking 23 Omnath decks out of a total of 32.". Omnath is also seeing dominance in Historic and Brawl, so they banned the card in those formats.

Wizards said that according to the ladder play data, Adventure decks would remain the strongest strategy even after they ban Omnath, so they decided to ban Lucky Clover as well.

As for Escape for the Wilds, they wanted to ensure that ramp decks don't continue to dominate Standard, so they banned this card.

On the unsuspension of Burning-Tree Emissary: "Since that suspension, the power level of Historic has increased considerably with the release of Jumpstart and Amonkhet Remastered, and we have seen the meta share of Gruul Aggro fall off notably. After considering the overall power level of the format and the matchups for Gruul Aggro, we think there is room for Burning-Tree Emissary to be a healthy and interesting addition to the format again."

The changes are effective starting today, October 12.

Do you think these changes will improve Standard, Historic, and Brawl formats? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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