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20, Jul, 21

Surprise Banned and Restricted Announcement Incoming! What's Getting Banned?

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Magic Twitter user and all around legend, @Fireshoes, posted a tweet today that apparently, there’s supposed to be a Banned and Restricted Announcement tomorrow. The tweet shows a placeholder page on the Mothership, with the URL of a July 21st Banned and Restricted Announcement.

This is really big news. There aren’t any major events that have happened recently that would warrant a B&R announcement to happen, so what could be getting the axe in this announcement? The first immediate thought, and the one that’s most likely, is a Historic banning with Brainstorm and / or Memory Lapse. Since the release of these two cards in the Mystical Archives, they’ve been a major player in the top decks in Historic. Many people have called for their bannings as they warp the format. While Wizards of the Coast didn’t take any action against these cards after the Strixhaven Championships, they did state in their B&R that banned Time Warp, that they’d be monitoring Brainstorm and other cards very closely.

I don’t think that there’s going to be any bannings in Modern since the format has leveled out quite a bit. Urza’s Saga decks have subsided in their power position in the meta. Standard is about to rotate, so I don’t anticipate anything happening there. I don’t expect anything happening with Legacy and Vintage either. It is possible that we could also see an unbanning in Historic. Of the cards that could be unbanned, the most likely would be Winota, Joiner of Forces. I don’t think that this is likely to happen, but I wouldn’t rule it out.

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What are you thinking is going to be in the Banned and Restricted announcement tomorrow? We’ll be covering it when it drops so stay tuned for our analysis on that.

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