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October 12th Banned and Restricted List Update

In an announcement teased shortly after the completion of the 2020 Season Grand Finals, Omnath, Locus of Creation, Lucky Clover, and Escape to the Wilds have been banned in Standard. The announcement in its entirety can be found here.

This announcement marks two weeks since the last banned list update where Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath was banned in Standard. Since that time, Omanth proved itself to be just a problematic of a card, occupying almost 72% of the Standard metagame at the Grand Finals. The Top 8 of that event featured 5 Omnath Adventure decks with the Upper Finals, Lower Finals, and Grand Finals all featuring mirror matches. Omnath Adventures has maintained a positive win rate against the field (with 9 favorable matchups out of the next 10 best non-Omnath decks) and as such has been banned.

According to Ian Duke, the ladder data indicates that Adventure decks would be well positioned to be the next dominant archetype and as such Lucky Clover has also been banned in Standard. Escape to the Wilds has been banned in order to keep ramp decks in check.

This marks yet another major Standard banning in the era of FIRE design. Standing for Fun, Inviting, Replayable, and Exciting, this design philosophy has pushed the power level of Standard over the past two years. The result is a format that is rapidly changing as a result of regular bannings.

Standard was not the only format impacted today. Omnath, Locus of Creation was suspended in Historic while Burning-Tree Emissary came off the suspended list. Teferi, Time Raveler and Wilderness Reclamation were moved from the suspended list to the banned list in Historic. Omnath decks were merely 34.4% of the Historic metagame at the 2020 Season Grand Finals.

Finishing their tour of MTG Arena formats, Omnath has also been banned in Brawl. The new legend will remain legal in Historic Brawl where a Commander weighting system will ensure it is matched against other high power commanders.

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