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News Round Up: Week of July 10

This weekend Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is making its way into the hands of players all over the world as Prerelease Events take place. New sets tend to generate a ton of discussion by virtue of their novelty. This latest release has people talking for some entirely different reasons.

The Standard format that begins with Throne of Eldraine has become stale. The high power level of that set has overshadowed over a year of cards. As Standard is set to rotate in the fall with the first of two Innistrad sets, players have flocked to the Standard 2022 queue on Arena. The queue – currently only available in Best-of-One – only includes sets from Zendikar Rising forward. Despite having to ban The Book of Exalted Deeds due to an unfavorable interaction with Faceless Haven (a situation that could potentially be remedied by offering a Best-of-Three queue) the format has proven incredibly popular. That being said, the upcoming Standard Open on Arena, taking place July 31-August 1, will use actual Standard.

The banning of The Book of Exalted Deeds in Standard 2022 on Arena does not mean it will be banned in Standard once the format officially rotates.

Speaking of bans, on Monday Hullbreacher was banned in Commander. A staple in both social and competitive Commander since its release last fall in Commander Legends, Hullbreacher was nonetheless a controversial card. While other cards such as Narset, Parter of Veils and Notion Thief can stop the mutually beneficial aspect of Wheel of Fortune effects, Hullbreacher did so in a way that led the player casting the pirate in a dominating position in both raw cards and available mana. The same Commander rules update also introduced two new members of the Commander Advisory Group: Kristen Emily and Ellie Rice and clarified that Dungeons would work in the 100 card format as they do in Limited and 60-card Constructed.

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