Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

September 28, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement: Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath Banned

Wizards of the Coast has released their Banned and Restricted Announcement today, banning Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath from the Standard format as forecasted last Wednesday. This will be effective from today, September 28, so we have a small window to craft the card before MTG Arena updates the client.

Here are the current list of banned cards in Standard, and please refer to the full transcript of the official announcement below.

FormatCard NameLegalityBan Date
StandardOko, Thief of CrownsBannedNovember 18, 2019
StandardOnce Upon a TimeBannedNovember 18, 2019
StandardFires of InventionBannedJune 1, 2020
StandardCauldron FamiliarBannedAugust 3, 2020
StandardUro, Titan of Nature's WrathBannedSeptember 28, 2020

Update: Will this ban announcement have any impact on Standard? Here are our initial thoughts, including decklists:

Announcement Date: September 28, 2020


Effective Date: September 28, 2020

The list of all banned and restricted cards, by format, is here.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the emerging Zendikar Rising Standard format over its first week of availability on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online. With millions of games having already been played on digital platforms, early data and results from events this past weekend have shown that multicolor ramp decks featuring Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, Lotus Cobra, and Omnath, Locus of Creation are a problem in the new post-rotation 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. 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.

In order to weaken these post-rotation ramp strategies, we’re choosing to ban Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath in Standard. Our goal is to bring these decks down to a level where they are still appealing and competitive, but where natural metagame forces are enough to keep them in check. In general, we prefer this approach to overshooting the mark and removing an archetype from viability. However, we’ve certainly noted this weekend’s strong results for the Four-Color Omnath deck and will continue to watch how that strategy and the overall metagame adjust in the coming weeks. 

It’s unusual for us to make a change this early into the season, but in this case we’re targeting a card that has shown signs of being problematic in the past and which continued to display its dominance during events this past weekend. Additionally, the speed at which high-level digital play attacks new formats, particularly when digital play is the only high-level play available, means that metagames advance past the early stages far faster than they used to. We prefer to make this change now so that players can continue to get the most enjoyment out of post-rotation Standard, which is one of the most exciting times in Magic to explore and innovate.

Finally, I’d like to emphasize that for this B&R change our focus was primarily on Standard and Historic, with an eye for the upcoming 2020 Season Grand Finals. Changes to other formats, if needed, will be included in future updates.

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