Let’s not waste any time and get right to it. Magic’s B&R update on November 26th, 2018 featured no changes.
This means that Rampaging Ferocidon is still not legal in Standard. Stoneforge Mystic is still relegated to collecting dust in binders. Blue decks in Legacy still get to have Brainstorm, Ponder, and Preordain. Do you think we could live in a world where maybe one or two of those don’t need to be there? Is there a possibility out there we could live in a world where every quarter of the year, we get to see something new in all formats. #LetTheFerocidonRampage
Once rotation happened, Rampaging Ferocidon should have been removed from the B&R list. Red decks are nowhere near as powerful as they once were. They can’t keep up with the go wide lists in Standard. What they do have going for them, however, is the power level of Run-Away Steamkin and Experimental Frenzy. These cards are strong, but they are not Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Hazoret the Fervent, or Glorybringer strong. Truth be told, they’re not even close to any of them for that matter. Even still, I am confident that you wouldn’t see more than two or three copies of these little guys in most decks. At this point I think it is just an inside joke that Wizards of the Coast has just to see how long until we demand the unbanning of our precious little dinosaur.
Elsewhere, there are still cards on the Modern banned list that haven’t even had a chance to be in the format. 15 to be exact, eight of which will never be removed from the list.
Sorry, not sorry.
The other seven, I would argue, could be unbanned at some point.
I know what some of you are thinking. Stoneforge Mystic?! Yeah, right! This guys is crazy! That card does way too much before turn 3! Now I hear you; I really do. Just hear me out.
Nothing until turn three and it is definitely not killing anyone on turn four.
So honestly, why is this card still on the banned list? I want to say I would be surprised to see it make it through yet another B&R update without being removed but, Wizards has done crazier things. (#LetTheFerocidonRampage) Regarding the artifact lands, I agree that they could very well be busted in Modern. Stoney Silence, however, could help keep them in check. One thing I am confident about, though, is that the only way for the artifact lands to be legal in Modern is for Arcbound Ravager to not be.
Chrome Mox has another problem. I agree that it is probably to good for Modern, but so are Mox Opal and Simian Spirit Guide and they still exist. For consistency’s sake, I would like to see either Chrome Mox off of the banlist or, much more likely and healthier for the format, Mox Opal and Simian Spirit Guide added to the list. While we are on the topic of consistency, everyone has a problem with Ancient Stirrings and Faithless Looting in the format because they are the best cantrips by far. My question regarding this subject is as follows: if they were blue, wouldn’t they have been banned by now? There is no way Wizards would allow blue to have those powerful cantrips in Modern, but Red or Green can and it’s apparently no big deal. I am not saying either of these cards need to be banned but, again, for consistency’s sake, I would like to see at least Preordain taken off of the list or these two added to it.
Legacy was recently shaken up when Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe got the axe. I doubt we are anywhere near getting close to something else being banned, or even unbanned, in this format, and no, I don’t want to watch my opponent stack their deck with Goblin Recruiter for 10 minutes every round. On top of providing a powerful effect the time restraint put into playing this card is too much for it to really ever come off of the list.
One thing we could see in Legacy as a way to keep it fresh though, is rotating bans. So one quarter of the year we will see certain cards banned, like Brainstorm, City of Traitors, and Dark Depths. At another point, Delver of Secrets, True-Name Nemesis, and Jace, the Mind Sculptor. This would obviously take a lot of dedication on Wizard’s end to figure out the right combination of cards to allow. I don’t think this scenario is very likely, but it could be something that we can all agree on, and could result in more variance amongst the best decks in Legacy.
Look, sometimes Wizards gets it right and sometimes they let Deathrite Shaman be legal for approximately five years. It may take some time, but I feel confident that they’ll eventually find the right line.