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Mar 11 2019 1:00pm
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What is it and why does it exist?

The EDH/commander banned list was created with the express purpose of putting the “fun” back into EDH. Cards that were considered highly abusable, un-fun or promoted unfair play were selected by a rules committee to be banned and removed from the pool of legal cards.
 
The banned list serves a specific purpose, to keep play fun, fresh and to remove abusive cards, looking at you Time Walk, and cards that are in advantage to the very few that can find/afford them (all of the Mox) that present a significant issue when played. Free mana, AMIRITE.
 
Example: Drop a bunch of Mox, play Balance. Super gross.
 

CURRENT BANNED LIST

Ancestral Recall
Balance
Biorhythm
Black Lotus
Braids, Cabal Minion
Channel
Coalition Victory
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Fastbond
Gifts Ungiven
Griselbrand
Karakas
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Library of Alexandria
Limited Resources
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Painter's Servant
Panoptic Mirror
Primeval Titan
Prophet of Kruphix
Recurring Nightmare
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
Sundering Titan
Sway of the Stars
Sylvan Primordial
Time Vault
Time Walk
Tinker
Tolarian Academy
Trade Secrets
Upheaval

Worldfire

Yawgmoth's Bargain
 
 

MY PERSONAL WATCH LIST

 
Tap all of my mana rocks, cast Brainstorm, untap all my mana rocks, tap all my manarocks, cast Opt, untap all my mana rocks, play Capsize……. Again and again and again and…… Look, Paradox Engine ISN’T broken. But it IS extremely powerful, leading to some VERY un-fun situations and even more un-fun games of Magic. This is why it’s on my watch list, there is already a number of ways to generate infinite mana via the artifact, it’s only a matter of time until a card is released that completely wrecks the entire format due to Paradox Engine.
 
 
 
Project banned....
Prime Speaker is REALLY good, who knew that having POD as a commander would be fairly powerful to the point of near broken, AMIRITE? I call this “project banned” because I’m actually working on a list for the next Commander the Gathering in-store (and will be live on twitch sometime in April) where we will be playing cEDH versions of Ravnica Allegiances commanders. Want to know how gross she is? Without Craterhoof Behemoth, I was able to multi-clone End-Raze Forerunners and had enough power on board to kill everyone at my table without them having much of a hope of stopping me on turn seven. I want to prove just how consistent and brutal Prime Speaker can be.
 

WHAT CARDS CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FEAR?

Sol Ring
 
BAN SOL RING.
I’m always baffled by the comments I see around Sol Ring. Oh it’s busted, it’s absolute ramp, it makes you prime enemy number one, it’s too powerful on turn one. But it’s not like it will be in EVERY opening hand, it’s available to EVERY player and though it can booster your big plays, I think it also evens out by making you and your plays the enemy of the state. Also, with things like Mana Vault not getting the same heat/hate, what exactly are you commenting on? Is it really that you feel it’s amazing broken, or is it that ONE bad game that you always flashback to, the one where the Sol Ring player just smashed the whole table with pure terrifying value?
 
Blightsteel Colossus
 
BAN/INCREASE INFECT REQUIREMENTS
Yeah, no. Look, Infect isn’t THAT powerful/not powerful enough in a 4P game. It requires you to usually hit them in the face with an infect creature to kill a single person. Infect players at your table are always common enemy of the state number one and are dealt with fairly quickly. It’s also almost IMPOSSIBLE to win a 4p game with Infect alone. Yes, Blightsteel Colossus is dangerous, but it’s VERY rare that an Infect player will have the goods to get through every player at the table.
 
Cyclonic Rift
 
BAN CYCLONIC RIFT
Okay this one has a little more merit than it should, but that’s only sue to players playing it incorrectly, let me explain. Player A has a single creature on board, to save themselves from possible death, being the weakest board state, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Player A plays Cyclonic Rift KICKED, removing all board states except their own, good times. However, player A now takes an additional five turns to really capitalise on this play, adding another 30 minutes to the game as everyone else has to try and re-establish a board presence. This is the INCORRECT way to play the card. What you’re doing in this case is saving your bacon, not advancing the board and subsequently making all of the other players want to knock you out asap. Now, if you were to play a kicked Rift and then kill that turn or the next, that’s a good play. Yes you impacted the board, but unless you can capitalise on that play, you’re just making the game miserable.
 
Still not good enough for a BAN.

 

FROM THE COMMUNITY SOAPBOX: REDDIT

I slid on over to R/EDH to ask them what they thought about in-house/FLGS ban lists. The reaction was along the same lines as some of our local groups.

Does your playgroup have a personal banned and watch list? from r/EDH
Some of the responses were, what I would consider fairly unhealthy.

 

Card Card Card And then there are the responses I was hoping to see that showed a more adult response to powerful magic. Card Card So it seems like a bit of a mixed bag out in the wild, with various house rules depending on the local meta for some, and flat out strict adherence to the WOTC list for others. What is your play group or LGS like? -Chesh