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CardShark Content - Arjune Bose (9/8/2005)

Recently, the DCI published their Banned/Restricted list for September. These bannings would take effect starting September 20th, and continue until the DCI says otherwise. Usually, bannings are not very common, especially in Standard and Extended, but this time, the DCI dropped the hammer for the post-rotation environment. Two cards have been banned, in an attempt to keep the format balanced. Here are the bannings:

Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.

AEther Vial

Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
: This guy was the incredible win-stealer. For a single B, he could easily dish out 8-12 damage per game. Having 2 Disciples just made it worse. Although Affinity was the only deck that utilized him, he could hurt other decks, like KCI. He also made Affinity’s matchup against decks like Squirrel-Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
a cake-walk, because of the alternate path to victory. Lastly, removing him became a problem for decks like the Rock, where a Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
for even 1 dished out around 4-6 damage. I, for one, am happy to see this guy go, because he gave out wins in games where the Affinity player didn’t deserve them

AEther Vial: This card was ridiculous in Extended. It color-fixed, gave (basically) hasted and uncounterable creatures, left mana open to do other things, and avoided cards like Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
all together. This card made Goblins one of the best decks in the format, and help out other decks that relied on multiple creatures for the win.

In conclusion, it is important to note that these bannings did not destroy Affinity or Goblins, like the December bannings of last year did. Instead, they made the decks have a more difficult path to victory. Affinity now has to win by turning creatures sideways, even if it is a 8/2 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
. Goblins was a dominant deck even before Mirrodin was released. It survived against control decks like Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
, Mono White Control, and Blue-White Control. Don’t expect either of these decks to be out for the count. I personally think the DCI made a perfect banning this year, making Affinity and Goblins more playable, but a little slower.

[Editor’s note: I figured I’d go ahead and mention the rest of the bannings, just so they’d all be in one place. I got the author’s permission, so here it goes. From here down is all Chewie, so don’t blame Arjune Bose for it.]

Vintage: Once the three Portal sets become legal, those cards will have to step in line and follow the rest of the rules. So the powerful tutors are going to get Restricted, just like all the rest. In this case that means the Imperial Seal
Imperial Seal
Imperial SealSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Li Tie
Text:
Search your library for any one card. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
and the Personal Tutor
Personal Tutor
Personal TutorSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your deck for a sorcery and reveal that card to all players. Shuffle your deck and put the revealed card on top of it.
are getting knocked down to one-of status. Imperial Seal
Imperial Seal
Imperial SealSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Li Tie
Text:
Search your library for any one card. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
is a slower Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
, and Personal Tutor
Personal Tutor
Personal TutorSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your deck for a sorcery and reveal that card to all players. Shuffle your deck and put the revealed card on top of it.
is a slower Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
. Now you can have two tutors, one instant and one sorcery, to hunt down your sorceries and one tutor of both speeds to search out whatever you like. Since the Mystical and Vampiric are ridiculous by themselves, this new addition could be interesting. Another change in Vintage is Mind Over Matter
Mind Over Matter
Mind Over MatterSet: Exodus
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Choose and discard a card: Tap or untap target artifact, creature, or land.
coming off the Restricted list. Personally, this scares the crap out of me, and I don’t even play Vintage. We’ll see if anyone bothers to blow the dust off this incredibly powerful enchantment once the formats rotate.

Legacy: Of course the Vintage Restricted List is basically the Legacy Banned list, except they didn’t ban the Personal Tutor
Personal Tutor
Personal TutorSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your deck for a sorcery and reveal that card to all players. Shuffle your deck and put the revealed card on top of it.
, just the Imperial Seal
Imperial Seal
Imperial SealSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Li Tie
Text:
Search your library for any one card. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
. Since the Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
isn’t banned in Legacy in the first place, why would they ban a sorcery-speed variation of it?

Two-Headed Giant: The new sanctioned format gets its first official banning! Say goodbye to those dreams of turn two locks with Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Erayo, Soratami AscendantSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Monk
Rarity:
R
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever the fourth spell of a turn is played, flip Erayo, Soratami Ascendant. ----- Erayo's Essence Legendary Enchantment Whenever an opponent plays a spell for the first time in a turn, counter that spell.
. Since she stops ALL opponents’ first spells, she would utterly dominate the format and it would be way too easy to completely lock out the opposing team. Since the new format is supposed to be fun and fair, eliminating both the fun and the fair one turn two or three with a single card is really not a good idea.

Prismatic: Last but not least, those MTGO Prismatic players out there should be thrilled that these two completely ridiculous cards are out. Since so much of Prismatic is built around getting lots of land on the board and then doing lots of things, Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.
can completely destroy any deck, no matter what. And you thought the Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
decks from back in Odyssey times were bad. Rude Awakening
Rude Awakening
Rude AwakeningSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Choose one - Untap all lands you control; or until end of turn, lands you control become 2/2 creatures that are still lands. Entwine 2G
is virtually the same thing. There is absolutely nothing to do once you have around 15 or 20 2/2s coming at you out of nowhere. There just aren’t that many answers to that sort of thing, and now there don’t need to be.

So there are all the recent changes to the various Banned and Restricted Lists. My thanks to Arjune Bose for letting me butt in on his article for the sake of keeping our readers up to date. Remember, none of these bannings crippled or killed any established decktypes, they just made the entire environment more fair. Thanks for reading!


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