Wizards Confirm Next Banned and Restricted Announcement to be Made July 13th

Nexus of Fate Art

Wizards of the Coast has just confirmed that the next Magic: The Gathering banned and restricted announcement will be made on July 13th, and will include changes to the Historic, Pioneer, Modern, and Pauper formats. For now, there will be no changes to Standard or Brawl – Historic is the only Arena format affected.

Announcement is now up! Click here to see what’s changed.

Speculating on some possible bans/suspensions:

  • Is this finally the end of Nexus of Fate in Historic? One of the decks branded the least fun to play against on Arena by many players, which cheats on mana with Wilderness Reclamation into a combo finish that’s absurdly hard to counter, where it takes infinite turns, could soon be leaving us! Nexus is already banned in best-of-one, but most tournaments tend to be best-of-three, and the Historic Mythic Invitational is coming up in August. Nexus has been the centrepiece of one of the best Historic decks ever since the format began, so this might be a welcome change that reduces format staleness. Note that cards are generally suspended in Historic before being banned, unlike Magic’s other formats.
  • Dimir Inverter has been responsible for less interest in Pioneer, with many believing the combo deck is too strong and has an unfun and overly consistent play style.
  • Arcum’s Astrolabe has led to greater homogenisation of decks in Modern, mana bases that are far too consistent and can cast tough spells like Archmage’s Charm and Cryptic Command far too easily, and has enabled Snow decks to become one of the best strategies, alongside buffing the power level of Urza and other artifact decks. Overall, it’s a cheap artifact that replaces itself in terms of cards and provides a ton of value at a ridiculously low investment.

Cards currently suspended in Historic

We could see any of the cards above moved onto the banned list, un-suspended, or merely left unchanged to be sorted out at a future time. If cards move from suspension to ban, players will receive wildcard refunds for them.

Discussion

  • Do you think Historic needs any cards suspended?
  • If so, which particular cards?
  • Should any of the currently suspended cards be moved onto the banlist permanently?
  • What potential bans could improve the health of the other formats mentioned, if you happen to play those?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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lauera9482
1 month ago

Nexus is already banned in BO1. Does anyone even play BO3?

Chrysologus
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew Lauer

Uh, yeah. They do.

tanix_solaris
1 month ago

Historic Teferi needs to go but probably won’t. Uro is probably up there but probably too soon. I think we will eventually see Ugin banned as it seems the strategy is just ramp hard to Ugin and just win. There is enough disruption that decks aren’t fast enough before Ugin comes down. I wouldn’t be surprised to see suspended in Bo1. Ban is too soon since they are trying to sell M21 cards.

MathIsForBlockers
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian T

Why would either Teferi need to go in historic? They’re not dominating the format by any means and despite being annoying at times, are not ban-worthy.

Also, Ugin hasn’t affected Historic that much. Without the tron lands he’s not really broken.

I think you’re right about Uro. He has the potential to be broken but isn’t yet.

tanix_solaris
30 days ago

I just think mini Teferi is just bad design as it doesn’t allow for interaction which is the hallmark of Magic and interesting play. It’s not because the card is in every deck or directly wins games with no answer. Cards like sorcerer’s spyglass doesn’t even shut the problem mechanic down due to the passive

BabbleOn
1 month ago

Probably just moving fires and agent to banned status. Nexus is good but not dominating. I really don’t want Historic turning into standard with better lands. One format dominated by greed piles and cat oven is enough.

MathIsForBlockers
1 month ago
Reply to  BabbleOn

Winota will be moved for sure. I can see Fires and/or Agent coming back though. Lukka Fires was doing well in historic before the suspensions and I can see them holding off on Agent for now until the format can handle him and just introducing Fires. Or vice versa.

And I agree about Nexus. It might be banned, it might not be banned. It’s kinda hard to tell which is the better option.

blueredlover
1 month ago

I personally, wouldn’t mind seeing Uro, Oven, and Nissa get there axe in standard. Reclamation may also be up for a standard ban. Underworld Breech could go with Inverter in Pioneer. There’s a chance that’s this is the biggest ban list since October.

MathIsForBlockers
1 month ago
Reply to  blueredlover

No bans in Standard. The metagame is pretty healthy there for once to be honest so I see why.

deutschlandftw
30 days ago

Healthy? The strength of bant ugin is disgusting! Fighting on par or better than Modern Jund. Show me another deck in standard that has that power. It’s the same issue they had with Jace in Zendikar, expensive decks that dominate the meta.

Last edited 30 days ago by Sam Anderson
deutschlandftw
30 days ago

Why on earth are they talking about banning nexus again. They should never have banned it in the first place. Notice how they ban fires of invention for giving to much free mana value? Why couldn’t they see that with wilderness. Ban it and bam Nexus decks can’t go infinite as easily.

Last edited 30 days ago by Sam Anderson
jzsbrewhouse
30 days ago

How about a nerf to hist gruul. Like burning tree emmisary. Or embercleave. Gruul is overrepresented and too consistent.

Escesare
29 days ago

The thing people miss is that control being the most played deck means the format is balanced (snow control in this case). Combo or aggro means the format is broken. No format can have a single type of threat because then everyone can just play the same answer, so when a combo (or other threat-based) deck is top, that means there’s a dozen other combo decks also being played and combo as an archetype is overrepresented (>25%). Answers tend to homogenize because everybody just wants to play the same best answers, not narrow answers. So when a control deck is… Read more »

Last edited 29 days ago by Kelvin Liu