December 1 2008 DCI Banned and Restricted List Announcement

Posted in Feature on December 1, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

Please note: This announcement has been changed since it was originally posted. Kokusho, the Evening Star has been added to the Commander banned list, and Crop Rotation has been removed from the Prismatic banned list.

Announcement Date: December 1, 2008
Effective Date: December 20, 2008
Magic Online Effective Date: December 10, 2008

DCI Policy Change: Timing of Changes to the Banned and Restricted Lists

Updates to the Banned and Restricted Lists will continue to be announced quarterly, but the timing is changing. Starting later this month, announcements will take place on the following schedule:

Announcement DateEffective Date
December 20January 1
March 20April 1
June 20July 1
September 20October 1

If an announcement date falls on a weekend or holiday, it will be released on the preceding business day.

The Magic Online effective date will be the Wednesday closest to the effective date.

The next Banned and Restricted List Announcement will be published on December 19, 2008.

Standard, Vintage, Legacy, Extended, Shards of Alara Block Constructed
No changes

Magic Online Formats

Format: Pauper
Pauper is a Magic Online format in which all cards used must have been printed at the common rarity in a Magic Online set or product. Other than that, the usual rules for Constructed decks apply (a minimum deck size of 60 cards in the main deck, an optional 15-card sideboard, and so on). If a common version of a particular card was ever released on Magic Online, any versions of that card printed at other rarities are also legal in this format.

Example: Counterspell was a common card in the Seventh Edition core set, which was released on Magic Online. Counterspell was reprinted in Masters Edition II with an uncommon expansion symbol. Both versions of the card can be used in the Pauper format.

Example: Hymn to Tourach, another uncommon from Masters Edition II, is not legal for use in the Magic Online Pauper format. Even though Hymn to Tourach was printed as a common in the Fallen Empires set, that set was never released on Magic Online.

The banned list for Pauper is as follows:
Cranial Plating is banned

Formats: Singleton, 100 Card Singleton, Commander
Previously, Magic Online had the Classic Singleton format and the 100 Card Singleton/Commander format. With this announcement, Classic Singleton is being eliminated, and the banned lists for 100 Card Singleton and Commander will be maintained separately.

The new banned list for 100 Card Singleton is as follows:
Crucible of Worlds is banned
Flash is banned
Gifts Ungiven is banned
Gleemox is banned
Grindstone is banned
Imperial Seal is banned
Intuition is banned
Life from the Loam is banned
Lion's Eye Diamond is banned
Mana Crypt is banned
Skullclamp is banned
Umezawa's Jitte is banned
Upheaval is banned
Vampiric Tutor is banned

The new banned list for Commander is as follows:
Biorhythm is banned
Coalition Victory is banned
Crucible of Worlds is banned
Gleemox is banned
Grindstone is banned
Kokusho, the Evening Star is banned
Lion's Eye Diamond is banned
Panoptic Mirror is banned
Protean Hulk is banned
Riftsweeper is banned
Sway of the Stars is banned
Upheaval is banned
Worldgorger Dragon is banned

Brainspoil is no longer banned
Clutch of the Undercity is no longer banned
Demonic Collusion is no longer banned
Diabolic Tutor is no longer banned
Dimir House Guard is no longer banned
Dimir Infiltrator is no longer banned
Dimir Machinations is no longer banned
Dizzy Spell is no longer banned
Drift of Phantasms is no longer banned
Enduring Ideal is no longer banned
Ethereal Usher is no longer banned
Grozoth is no longer banned
Muddle the Mixture is no longer banned
Netherborn Phalanx is no longer banned
Perplex is no longer banned
Quiet Speculation is no longer banned
Rude Awakening is no longer banned
Shred Memory is no longer banned
Upheaval is no longer banned
Wild Research is no longer banned
Worldly Tutor is no longer banned
Crucible of Worlds is banned
Demonic Consultation is banned
Earthcraft is banned
Eternal Witness is banned
Idyllic Tutor is banned
Imperial Seal is banned
Intuition is banned
Life from the Loam is banned
Mana Crypt is banned
Personal Tutor is banned
Steelshaper's Gift is banned
Sylvan Scrying is banned
Umezawa's Jitte is banned

The new banned list for Prismatic is as follows:
Battle of Wits
Bringer of the Black Dawn
Buried Alive
Burning Wish
Congregation at Dawn
Crucible of Worlds
Cunning Wish
Demonic Consultation
Diabolic Intent
Eladamri's Call
Enlightened Tutor
Eternal Witness
Gifts Ungiven
Glittering Wish
Idyllic Tutor
Imperial Seal
Insidious Dreams
Life from the Loam
Living Wish
Mana Crypt
Merchant Scroll
Mystical Teachings
Mystical Tutor
Personal Tutor
Steelshaper's Gift
Sterling Grove
Summoner's Pact
Sundering Titan
Supply // Demand
Sylvan Scrying
Tolaria West
Tooth and Nail
Umezawa's Jitte
Vampiric Tutor

Online Classic, Freeform, Tribal Wars Classic, Tribal Wars Standard
No changes

For an explanation of this announcement, read the Latest Developments column on on Friday, December 19, 2008. For the complete list of all banned and restricted cards by format, click here.

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