IT’S BANNED??!!

Chuck here and yes Virginia, it’s banned. What’s banned you may ask, well, that is mostly between the banned lists and the Magic The Gathering players. To quote Wizards directly:

“One key to the continued health of Magic is diversity. It is vitally important to ensure that there are multiple competitive decks for the tournament player to choose from. Why? If there were only a single viable deck to play, tournaments would quickly stagnate as players were forced to either play that deck or a deck built specifically to beat it. In addition, different players enjoy playing different types of decks. If there are plenty of viable options to play, there will be more players at more tournaments.

To help maintain the diversity and health of the Magic tournament environment, a system of banned and restricted lists has been developed. These lists are made up of cards that are either not allowed at all, or allowed only in a very limited manner.

It’s important to note a couple of things: First, these lists apply only to Constructed formats and not Limited formats. Second, the banned and restricted lists are format-specific, so a card that is banned in Modern may still be legal to play in Standard.

Banning a card is uncommon. Announcements for changes to the Banned & Restricted lists are done all together on the Monday after a new set’s Prerelease, to go into effect with that set’s release. This way, the formats you play change as infrequently as possible.”

So that’s the hubbub, bub. To keep things on as fair a playing field as possible, some wicked-cool cards get shown the list. The lists do change depending on when a new set releases, so be sure also check Magic The Gatherings Official Banned Page.

If you want to keep your deck on the up and up, check them against the most recent lists. When a new list is generated, we’ll be posting on this blog.

Standard

Revised: January 20, 2017

The following cards are banned:

Why are these cards banned?

Modern

Revised: January 20, 2017

This format lets you dive deeper into Magic‘s history, allowing cards from Eighth edition to today.

The following cards are banned:

Vintage

Revised: August 26, 2016

While Modern lets you play cards from as far back as 2003, Vintage lets you play cards from any set in the 20+ year history of Magic!

The following cards are banned from vintage play:

The following cards are restricted, which means you can only have one of them in your main deck and sideboard combined:

Legacy

Revised: August 26, 2016

Like Vintage, you can play cards from any set. The twist? A longer banned list makes this format more accessible to new players.

The following cards are banned in legacy tournaments:

Block

Magic sets are released in three-set blocks, so playing in this format means you choose a block and only use cards from that block’s sets.

The following cards are banned in block-constructed tournaments:

Thanks for following!

Chuck

*All information was pulled directly from http://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/rules-and-formats/banned-restricted