Wizards of the Coast and the DCI have made a major change to the Magic: the Gathering Banned and Restricted list of Standard. Effective on July 1st, 2011 (and on Magic Online on June 29, 2011) Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Stoneforge Mystic are banned.
An interesting thing to note is that players will still be able to use Stoneforge Mystic in Standard although it is banned. Say what? Players will be able to play with banned cards only if they use the “War of Attrition” Event Deck without any modifications and kept “completely intact”.
Hypocritically, the “War of Attrition” Event Deck will not be sold online. That means Magic Online players won’t have a cheaper way of gaining access to Stoneforge Mystic for use in eternal formats where it has already proven itself to be a staple.
According to Wizards of the Coast:
“Exception: The deck list for the “War of Attrition” Event Deck will be legal in Standard if kept completely intact. That deck, which went on sale on June 10, contains two copies of Stoneforge Mystic.
On Magic Online, Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Stoneforge Mystic will both be banned in Standard as of the June 29, 2011 downtime. There will be no exceptions made for the Event Deck containing Stoneforge Mystic, as that deck will not be sold online.
Scars of Mirrodin Block Constructed, Extended, Legacy, Vintage
Changes to Magic Online–only formats are now announced monthly in the Magic Online Community Group blog.
For the complete list of all banned and restricted cards by format, click here.”
For an explanation of the B&R changes from R&D member Aaron Forsythe, click here.
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