The November 18th Banned and Restricted List update is here and it looks to upset the applecart of multiple formats. Let’s get right to it.
Green decks have been dominant in Throne of Eldraine Standard, with Oko decks making up around 70% of the field at Mythic Championship VI. On Arena, Oko decks had a 53% non-mirror win rate and had a positive matchup with 9 of the other 10 top archetypes. Oko “has also reduced metagame diversity and diversity of gameplay in Standard by shutting off build around creatures and artifacts.”
But it’s not all Oko’s fault. In an effort to help reduce green’s dominance in Standard, both Once Upon a Time and Veil of Summer are also getting the axe. Once Upon a Time provides an increase of consistency and redundancy of game play that are not desirable. Veil of Summer has proven to be too strong of a hate card.
These bans are designed to open up Standard and increase the diversity of the format and potential competitive options.
Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned.
This brings tabletop Brawl into alignment with Brawl on Arena.
Wrenn and Six is banned.
Since being released, Wrenn and Six powered Delver decks have been a dominant force in Legacy – maintaining a 56% win rate on Magic Online. The Planeswalker has rendered various one toughness creatures like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Mother of Runes, and Young Pyromancer all but useless. In an effort to better balance Legacy, Wrenn and Six has been banned.
Narset, Parter of Veils is restricted.
Since seeing print, Narset, Parter of Veils has helped to reshape Vintage. The static ability has the potential to lock platers out of the game early. Restricted the card to a single copy should help to reduce the chances of a turn one or two lock.
These bans will go into effect today on both Magic Online and Arena. They go into effect November 22nd for Tabletop. There will be a separate Pioneer update later today