Update October 12, 2020: The announcement is out!
After the conclusion of the 2020 Season Grand Finals (click on on the hyperlink for our full protection of the event), the place we noticed 5 of the highest 8 Standard decklists Omnath, Locus of Creation dominate the event and take the highest prize, Wizards confirmed that the subsequent banned and restricted announcement will likely be occurring on October 12 impacting Standard, Historic and Brawl.
It seems that the hypothesis was certainly right, and the choice was already made – the query is, how arduous will they hit the codecs already ravaged by the excessive powered playing cards? This ought to occur someplace between 7 to eight AM PST going by earlier timing of the bulletins, and we might get a brief window earlier than with the ability to craft the banned playing cards to get the Wildcard refunds. Keep your eyes out for the put up right here later as we speak!
Here’s a little bit of a hypothesis put up as we speak, of us! Thanks to some analysis from Fireshoes on Twitter, we’ve found that the Wizards web site has an article up on the banlist page for October 12th, two days from now. Ordinarily, we might simply get a “page not found” error on visiting this web page, however as an alternative it says we’re not authorised to entry it; which means there's something there, we simply can’t see it!
Is the announcement actual?
- Players have been very vocally upset concerning the Omnath meta, particularly in Standard. Recent event entries present that it has an unhealthy portion of the meta, placing up 72% of the share of decks on the latest Grand Finals, beating out even the Oko meta for overrepresentation.
- The reasoning is sound, and in case you test different dates similar to October 19th (the Monday the week after), you received’t discover something.
- Wizards usually publicizes banlist updates a number of days upfront at the least, so this could be a departure from their ordinary protocol. However, individuals have requested them to have bans go into place faster, and they could possibly be attempting one thing new out.
- It’s attainable that Wizards has dates commonly blocked off in case there are bulletins, and we haven’t discovered a sample but. That being stated, it stands to motive that the week after can be blocked off too then…
- Wizards could possibly be ready on the outcomes of the Grand Finals to decide – they might solely have an announcement if a deck overperforms egregiously.
- Omnath hasn’t but confirmed itself past doubt in Historic, so it appears much less seemingly that Wizards would ban it there. Will we see a Historic and Standard banlist replace, or just a Standard one?
- Omnath is the ban on everybody’s lips, the symptom of the ramp downside we see in Magic proper now. Still, he's the frontrunner card of the latest growth, and it might harm pack gross sales to ban him..
- Lucky Clover is an absurd card at 2 mana, which generates a colossal and usually insurmountable benefit for Adventure decks, and have led to them operating roughshod over a number of Standard environments already. If Omnath is banned, there's a actual hazard of Temur Adventures merely taking on its mantle instantly.
- Lotus Cobra is a 2 mana card that you should kill instantly, otherwise you usually simply lose the sport. That being stated, it does encourage each deck within the meta to run removing somewhat than simply extra busted threats…
- Bonecrusher Giant is a 4-of in each Red deck, it doesn't matter what their gameplan is. It was probably the most performed card on the latest Grand Finals, with a staggering 91.4% of the decks operating it. Still, being overrepresented doesn’t make it essentially the issue – if there are quite a lot of good targets for Shock to kill, then why wouldn’t one of the best model of Shock see quite a lot of play?
- What do you assume will occur on Monday?
- What do you assume ought to occur on Monday? Would you wish to see some bans and which of them, in that case?
- If Wizards are forgoing asserting bans upfront now, do you agree with that change?