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The Winners and Losers of Winota’s Banning in Explorer

Winota is banned and thus the metagame is completely open for exploration! Rather than fumbling around blindly, DoggertQBones will give you the scoop on what to expect. Find out the unplayed decks are going to be great now and the two popular decks that are going to be much worse than players anticipate!

Hello everyone! With the inception of Explorer on Arena, personally, I've been having an amazing time with the format. There were so many new options to explore and decks from Historic's past that needed revaluating. However, with every format comes a best deck, but this one was particularly punishing.

Naya Winota was the clear frontrunner in the format coming into it and nothing seemed to usurp it. Whether it's playing piles of removal in Rakdos Midrange, multiple sideboard slots dedicated in functionally every deck, nothing seemed to topple Winota off of the throne.

May 11th Banned and Restricted Announcement: Winota, Joiner of Forces and Tibalt’s Trickery Banned in Explorer

Despite that, I wouldn't necessarily argue it was too good for Explorer, but it definitely did limit what decks you could try. You wa...

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Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on
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