March 23, 2015, Banned and Restricted Announcement

Posted in Feature on March 23, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

Announcement Date: March 23, 2015

Effective Date: March 27, 2015

Magic Online Effective Date: April 1, 2015

Pauper:

Treasure Cruise is banned.

100 Card Singleton:

Skullclamp is banned.

The list of all banned and restricted cards, by format, is here. The full list of cards banned in Pauper is here. The full list of cards banned in 100 Card Singleton is here.

Next B&R Announcement: July 13, 2015


Explanation of Changes

Wizards of the Coast examines tournament results from each competitive Constructed format. In the case of Pauper, we use data from every Magic Online tournament. A few months ago, decks using Treasure Cruise were doing well, but there were enough other competitive decks to make a healthy metagame.

Over the past few months, the Treasure Cruise decks have become more efficient, and the Pauper metagame has become significantly less diverse. In the interest of bringing back that healthy metagame, Wizards of the Coast has decided to make a change. While other cards in decks that play Treasure Cruise are played in many other decks, the goal is to make a healthy metagame, not just identify the single most played card (even excluding Island). Instead, we look for the card most strongly identified with the change in the metagame and the loss of diversity. That card, Treasure Cruise, is now banned.

The banned list for 100 Card Singleton is primarily based off the Vintage banned list. However, creatures play a much different role in 100 Card Singleton than they do in Vintage. In this format, Skullclamp gives too much card drawing with too little effort. Skullclamp is banned in 100 Card Singleton.

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