Banned MTG Cards effective Jan 19th

One key to the continued health of Magic is diversity. It is vitally important to ensure that there are multiple competitive decks for the tournament player to choose from. Why? If there were only a single viable deck to play, tournaments would quickly stagnate as players were forced to either play that deck or a deck built specifically to beat it. In addition, different players enjoy playing different types of decks. If there are plenty of viable options to play, there will be more players at more tournaments.

To help maintain the diversity and health of the Magic tournament environment, a system of banned and restricted lists has been developed. These lists are made up of cards that are either not allowed at all, or allowed only in a very limited manner.

It's important to note a couple of things: First, these lists apply only to Constructed formats and not Limited formats. Second, the banned and restricted lists are format-specific, so a card that is banned in Modern may still be legal to play in Standard.

Banning a card is uncommon. Announcements for changes to the Banned & Restricted lists are done all together on the Monday after a new set's Prerelease, to go into effect with that set's release. This way, the formats you play change as infrequently as possible.

 

BANNED CARDS

If a card appears on the banned list for your chosen format, then you may not include that card in your deck or sideboard. Doing so makes your deck illegal to play in any sanctioned tournaments for that format.

 

Cards are usually banned from play if they enable a deck or play style that heavily skews the play environment. What does that mean? If the card were legal, a competitive player either must be playing it, or must be specifically targeting it with his or her own strategies.

 

Some cards are banned because they have proven to simply be too powerful in their respective format. While hundreds of hours are spent rigorously playtesting sets before their release, the complexity of Magic makes it nearly impossible to accurately predict all the ways the new cards interact with older ones. 

RESTRICTED CARDS

If you wish to use a card that’s on the restricted list for your chosen format, you may include only a single copy of that card, counting both your main deck and your sideboard. Currently, only the Vintage format uses a restricted list.

 

STANDARD

Revised: January 19, 2018 

The following cards are banned: 

Aetherworks Marvel

Smuggler's Copter

Felidar Guardian

Attune with Aether

Rogue Refiner

Rampaging Ferocidon

Ramunap Ruins

MODERN

Revised: January 20, 2017

This format lets you dive deeper into Magic's history, allowing cards from Eighth edition to today. 

The following cards are banned: 

Ancient Den

Birthing Pod

Blazing Shoal

Bloodbraid Elf

Chrome Mox

Cloudpost

Dark Depths

Deathrite Shaman

Dig Through Time

Dread Return

Eye of Ugin

Gitaxian Probe

Glimpse of Nature

Golgari Grave-Troll

Great Furnace

Green Sun's Zenith

Hypergenesis

Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Mental Misstep

Ponder

Preordain

Punishing Fire

Rite of Flame

Seat of the Synod

Second Sunrise

Seething Song

Sensei's Divining Top

Skullclamp

Splinter Twin

Stoneforge Mystic

Summer Bloom

Treasure Cruise

Tree of Tales

Umezawa's Jitte

Vault of Whispers

VINTAGE

Revised: September 1, 2017

While Modern lets you play cards from as far back as 2003, Vintage lets you play cards from any set in the 20+ year history of Magic!

 

The following cards are banned from Vintage play: 

25 cards with the Card Type “Conspiracy.” Click here for list.

9 cards that reference "playing for ante." Click here for list.

Chaos Orb

Falling Star

Shahrazad

 

 

The following cards are restricted, which means you can only have one of them in your main deck and sideboard combined: 

Ancestral Recall

Balance

Black Lotus

Brainstorm

Chalice of the Void

Channel

Demonic Consultation

Demonic Tutor

Dig Through Time

Fastbond

Flash

Gitaxian Probe

Gush

Imperial Seal

Library of Alexandria

Lion's Eye Diamond

Lodestone Golem

Lotus Petal

Mana Crypt

Mana Vault

Memory Jar

Merchant Scroll

Mind's Desire

Monastery Mentor

Mox Emerald

Mox Jet

Mox Pearl

Mox Ruby

Mox Sapphire

Mystical Tutor

Necropotence

Ponder

Sol Ring

Strip Mine

Thorn of Amethyst

Time Vault

Time Walk

Timetwister

Tinker

Tolarian Academy

Treasure Cruise

Trinisphere

Vampiric Tutor

Wheel of Fortune

Windfall

Yawgmoth's Will

 

 

LEGACY

Revised: April 24, 2017

Like Vintage, you can play cards from any set. The twist? A longer banned list makes this format more accessible to new players.

 

The following cards are banned in legacy tournaments: 

25 cards with the Card Type “Conspiracy.” Click here for list.

9 cards that reference "playing for ante." Click here for list.

Ancestral Recall

Balance

Bazaar of Baghdad

Black Lotus

Channel

Chaos Orb

Demonic Consultation

Demonic Tutor

Dig Through Time

Earthcraft

Falling Star

Fastbond

Flash

Frantic Search

Goblin Recruiter

Gush

Hermit Druid

Imperial Seal

Library of Alexandria

Mana Crypt

Mana Drain

Mana Vault

Memory Jar

Mental Misstep

Mind Twist

Mind’s Desire

Mishra’s Workshop

Mox Emerald

Mox Jet

Mox Pearl

Mox Ruby

Mox Sapphire

Mystical Tutor

Necropotence

Oath of Druids

Sensei's Divining Top

Shahrazad

Skullclamp

Sol Ring

Strip Mine

Survival of the Fittest

Time Vault

Time Walk

Timetwister

Tinker

Tolarian Academy

Treasure Cruise

Vampiric Tutor

Wheel of Fortune

Windfall

Yawgmoth's Bargain

Yawgmoth's Will

 

 

COMMANDER

The following cards are banned from the format: 

25 cards with the Card Type “Conspiracy." Click here for list.9 cards that reference "playing for ante." Click here for list.Ancestral RecallBalanceBiorhythmBlack LotusBraids, Cabal MinionChaos OrbCoalition VictoryChannelEmrakul, the Aeons TornErayo, Soratami AscendantFalling StarFastbondGifts UngivenGriselbrandKarakasLeovold, Emissary of TrestLibrary of AlexandriaLimited ResourcesMox EmeraldMox Jet

Mox PearlMox RubyMox SapphirePainter's ServantPanoptic MirrorPrimeval TitanProphet of KruphixRecurring NightmareRofellos, Llanowar EmissaryShahrazadSundering TitanSway of the StarsSylvan PrimordialTime VaultTime WalkTinkerTolarian AcademyTrade SecretsUpheavalWorldfireYawgmoth's Bargain

Ashnod's CouponDouble CrossDouble DealDouble DipDouble PlayDouble TakeEnter the Dungeon

Magical HackerMox LotusOnce More With FeelingR&Ds Secret LairRichard GarfieldStaying PowerTime Machine

BLOCK

Block play requires a Constructed deck, which must contain a minimum of sixty cards. All cards in your deck must be from a single block of Magic releases.

 

The following cards are banned in block-constructed tournaments: 

Intangible Virtue (Innistrad-Avacyn Restored block)

Lingering Souls (Innistrad-Avacyn Restored block)

AEther Vial (Mirrodin block)

Ancient Den (Mirrodin block)

Arcbound Ravager (Mirrodin block)

Darksteel Citadel (Mirrodin block)

Disciple of the Vault (Mirrodin block)

Great Furnace (Mirrodin block)

Seat of the Synod (Mirrodin block)

Tree of Tales (Mirrodin block)

Vault of Whispers (Mirrodin block)

Skullclamp (Mirrodin block)

Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero (Masques block)

Rishadan Port (Masques block)

Gaea's Cradle (Urza block)

Memory Jar (Urza block)

Serra's Sanctum (Urza block)

Time Spiral (Urza block)

Tolarian Academy (Urza block)

Voltaic Key (Urza block)

Windfall (Urza block)

Cursed Scroll (Tempest block)

Squandered Resources (Mirage block)

Amulet of Quoz (Ice Age Block)

Thawing Glaciers (Ice Age block)

Zuran Orb (Ice Age block)

MAGIC ONLINE-SPECIFIC BANNED AND RESTRICTED CARDS

Magic Online formats have their own Banned and Restricted lists. Those lists are maintained on the format pages themselves. Use the links below to view any of those pages.

 

MAGIC ONLINE COMMANDER

Build a 100-card singleton deck around a Commander, typically a single legendary creature.

 

LEARN MORE

 

FREEFORM

All sets and cards are allowed in this 40-card minimum format.

 

LEARN MORE

 

MOMIR BASIC

Decks must have exactly 60 basic lands and one “Momir Vig” Vanguard card.

 

LEARN MORE

 

PAUPER

Restricts decks to only cards with the common rarity.

 

LEARN MORE

 

PLANESWALKER

Limited to gold-bordered cards, available in Magic Online Planeswalker deck packs.

 

LEARN MORE