The Big Ban: Modern Without Oko, Lattice, and Mox Opal
For months, Modern has been an unhealthy format dominated by one strategy in particular. Now Wizards took action with three big bans. Going out the door isn't just a broken planeswalker, but also a powerful win condition and one of the most iconic artifacts in Modern's history. Let's see what's next for the format!
The Year of the Banhammer
2019 will be remembered for many things: insanely powerful cards, Arena Mythic Championships, the creation of Pioneer. However, one thing stands out among the others: a total of nine banning announcements featuring changes, more than in the two previous years combined. Let's review the Year of the Banhammer.
From the First Bans and Restrictions to Oko
In 1994, Wizards released the first list of banned and restricted cards, dealing with presumed problems such as Dingus Egg and Orcish Oriflamme. Compared to Oko, Thief of Crowns and Once Upon a Time they seem … to be coming from a different game. We've come a long way, but some things never change.
Have Magic cards become too powerful too quickly in recent times—or is Jamin just another player rambling on about how things were much better when he started playing? Jamin looks at the power level of sets both past and current, identifies a trend, and speculates about the plan behind it.
Mythic Championship V: Twilight of the Dead
The penultimate Arena Mythic Championship was foremost a Golos affair, yet the wandering robot and its favorite Zombieland destination failed to reach the topmost place in their final Standard showcase. This ended up the privilege of the reigning, and fervent, world champion.