Since the announcement of the Pauper Format Panel last week from Wizards of the Coast, players had anticipated a new Banned and Restricted announcement for the much loved format. Well, the new panel got to quick work to drum up a brand new B&R for Pauper, hot off the presses! Let’s take a look at what got hit!Atog is BANNED Bonder’s Ornament is BANNED Prophetic Prism is BANNED
There are some spicy hits here, so let’s talk about them.
First up, we have Atog getting banned. Atog is one of the most beloved cards in Magic‘s history, and was a powerhouse in the Affinity decks. Reason behind this banning, was that Affinity was a major problem deck in the format from the data and play patterns. Atog was one of the main ways that the deck won the game, allowing for a free sacrifice of the many artifacts. Couple this with Disciple of the Vault, and you have a recipe for a quick and unfun game.
While the PFP thought about hitting Disciple instead, the free sacrifices was the issue, and Disciple would be replaced with more cards like Fling to close the game out.
Bonder’s Ornament and Prophetic Prism
Next up, Bonder’s Ornament and Prophetic Prism are both banned. Both of these cards were major players in Tron, which with the Atog ban, could have taken over the new problem deck. Why are these two cards banned? Well, Tron was able to do too much. Yes they’re playing 12 colorless lands in the Tron lands themselves, but at the same time, they are going still able to play the best spells. But it doesn’t stop there.
While there’s plenty of other cards that can make any color of mana (Manalith etc), the problem with these two cards is that they replace themselves. Prism draws and card when it enters, and Bonder’s can generate an endless amount of cards over the course of the game, as Tron has access to so much mana. Prism was also a card that showed up in Affinity as well, so this is a double whammy for that card as well.
The team has stated here that this is only the first set of actions that they’ll possibly take. They don’t want to do any preemptive bannings and guess at what the metagame would look like. Rather, they’ll be closely monitoring the format throughout the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty preview season to see how things settle. If they decide to make any changes, it will most likely come in March, which gives the format time to adjust and to see if Kamigawa has any major impact on the format as well.
This is very cool, and hopefully the Pauper format will be in a much healthier state than is was with these changes. What are your thoughts? Is there anything else you’d want to see banned or looked at? If so, let us know in the comments, but also feel free to reach out to the PFP members with suggestions!