You combine the Cauldron Familiar and several Witch’s Ovens to constantly loop sacrifice damage/life gain for almost no cost. But now that has changed, we’re ready to talk cards! Historic and Brawl sections by Jay Parker. In a surprise announcement this morning, Wizards of the Coast banned Wilderness Reclamation, Growth Spiral, Teferi, Time Raveler, and Cauldron Familiar from Magic: the Gathering’s Standard format. The Historic metagame is moving quickly right now; the addition of new cards through Jumpstart is having a large impact, as will Amonkhet Remastered when it arrives soon. In order to remove Reclamation decks from this most played spot and to reduce the metagame share of ramp decks in general, Wilderness Reclamation and Growth Spiral are banned. To address the dominance of Omnath, Locus of Creation, it is banned in Standard. Wizards of the Coast is proud to be raising funds for Extra Life, benefiting Seattle Children's Hospital—and you can help! Ramp was in such a powerful place that you almost had to run ramp decks to get wins. #1 Jan 22, 2019. As the rate at which players can rack up games of Standard in digital is higher than in tabletop, we believe it's correct to enact metagame change at a faster rate as well. He has six years experience as a games journalist, using that time to analyze the positives and negatives of any new content he sees. There’s a lot that could be said. We’ll get into that why very shortly. Cards like that become dangerous when they can effectively use that mana with powerful cards like Expansion // Explosion. With that in mind, we’re looking at a new Standard blog to see just what will shake up the meta now that these cards were banned! Instead of just letting these rotate out soon, Wizards took an active stance with the MTG Arena August 2020 ban and restricted announcement. With the COVID-19 era in full swing, the pace people can play Standard MTG Arena is much faster, now that they can’t go to card shops. When they got rid of Nexus of Fate, I feel that Wizards thought their Historic problems were over! At that time, the environment had just seen the results of Players Tours 3 and 4, the companion rules change was recent, and Core Set 2021 had just entered the format. But Cauldron Familiar gave players a near-guaranteed win as long as their ability to play cards from the grave is unimpeded. Of those, the most successful players were those that splashed White for cards like Teferi, Time Raveler and Dovin’s Veto in order to beat other Wilderness Reclamation decks. Browse through cards from Magic's entire history. Why Not Ban Wilderness Reclamation? Ugin Ramp, Nissa Ramp, Wilderness Reclamation Ramp, you name it. Wizards insist that there’s a wide variety of decks across all play levels, except the top. Observing ladder play and tournament results over the following weeks, as well as the field of the Grand Finals over the weekend, we've concluded that additional changes are necessary. But Wizards decided not to give any advanced notice for today’s bans. Posted in News Burning-Tree Emissary is a different case. If your argument is that a Wilderness Reclamation Bant deck can go off by turn 5 and stop you from taking any turns, then... then at least you got to play until turn 5. With Wilderness Reclamation leaving the environment, we feel it’s also time for the Standard metagame to move on without Teferi, Time Raveler.”. Next, even though Thassa's Oracle has often been a win condition of choice for Underworld Breach decks, once the deck's core combo engine is running, it can win in many ways. It's clear that many players who have been, or could be, interested in Pioneer are ready for a change. We did consider several other cards as alternative bans aimed at these same decks. Let the meta flow free with wild nonsense! With the last banned and restricted list update, we chose to unban Oath of Nissa in Pioneer. Black Ops Cold War Not Downloading on PS5 for Some Users, LS Joins T1 as a Creator Creator and Streamer, Overwatch League Scheduled for 2021 Spring Start, Black Ops Cold War Double XP Week Appears Alongside Nuketown 84, League of Legends Rell Champion Breakdown, Golden Guardians Roster Finalized for 2021, Leyline Gaming Charity Empowers People to Change the Real World, TSM PowerOfEvil Official for 2021, Support and Top Still Uncertain, Fortnite Instant Death Spot Appears Near Holly Hedges. "Under our usual approach, we would have allowed Standard rotation to provide a natural and predictable shift in the metagame with the release of Zendikar Rising. Thassa's Oracle was one that we discussed as a lighter touch for weakening Inverter and Breach decks. on August 3, 2020, Bio Search Search all Forums Search this Forum Search this Thread Tools Jump to Forum Wilderness Reclamation: WTF were they thinking? It becomes less about building something fun and competitive that you enjoy. All rights reserved. Outside of the very top levels of competitive play, including throughout most of the MTG Arena traditional Standard ladder, we're seeing a good distribution of deck diversity and win rates. After watching the environment progress for several weeks and reviewing the decklist entries for the Players Tour Finals, we’ve decided to make some changes to shake up the metagame.”, To that end, “we’re making bans targeted at weakening decks that have been strong and popular at the highest levels of competitive play and at some cards and combos that have overstayed their welcome in the eyes of much of the Standard community.”, Wilderness Reclamation, Growth Spiral, Teferi, Time Raveler were banned despite being scheduled to rotate in September with the release of Zendikar Rising. - October 12, 2020 11:31 am EDT. Because it was “helping hold Wilderness Reclamation decks in check. Posted in News So let’s show Wizards that they were right to get rid of those cards! Finally—in both senses of the word—Wizards has also banned Teferi, Time Raveler from Standard (and suspended it in Historic). on October 12, 2020, Bio He prevents the other player from casting spells at instant speed; this completely negates all counterplay. They are looking at the latest PTs and other high-level tournaments that might seem to be the case. We've heard feedback that the frequency at which one finds themselves facing an opposing combo deck restricts deck-building options and can make play experiences unenjoyable. "This metagame dominance manifested itself in players' deck choices for the Grand Finals. He oppressed the game state, and made every match he was in incredibly tedious and frustrating. Jason Parker is an esports news and card game specialist, living as a hermit down in Eastern North Carolina. In addition to having high overall … “Further, the number of triggers generated by these decks can be cumbersome for both players in digital play.”, Wizards is therefore banning Cauldron Familiar in order to “weaken these sacrifice strategies, open up more metagame diversity, and create a more fun gameplay environment.”. In the past, we've given a one-week advanced notice for updates to the banned and restricted list. To address the dominance of Omnath, Locus of Creation, it is banned in Standard.". Looking at how the meta has developed as a result of these suspensions, we feel that the removal of Teferi, Time Raveler and Wilderness Reclamation have increased the diversity and interactivity of the format, improving overall health and balance. The combination of being able to immediately impact the board with its -3 ability and shut down opponents’ instant-speed interaction allowed Teferi, Time Raveler to warp formats around itself. So many awful things left the game, hopefully forever. This sounds like taking appropriate action before the next set could make Cauldron Familiar even more annoying. Much as we've seen in Standard, Omnath, Locus of Creation is proving to be a powerful contender in Historic as well. Cauldron Familiar is a critical card in sacrifice decks, a strong archetype. Cauldron Familiar is a … After considering the overall power level of the format and the matchups for Gruul Aggro, we think there is room for Burning-Tree Emissary to be a healthy and interesting addition to the format again. Players have often complained about the card, which prevents opponents from casting instant-speed spells, being oppressive, and creating repetitive play patterns. Since the suspension went down for me in the day, I started to see a lot more variety in the meta. "Outside of the very top levels of competitive play, including throughout most of the MTG Arena traditional Standard ladder, we're seeing a good distribution of deck diversity and win rates.

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