Can you believe it? Kethis, the Hidden Hand Danny Forster Image via … Even if as people claim, control, midrange, and other slower decks still won’t be good enough to keep up with aggro, ramp, and combo decks even without Field, I’m certainly willing to give them a shot – after all, they put up decent results in more powerful formats like Pioneer, where Field is already banned! Growth Spiral is banned. Major bans and suspensions applied to 4 MTG formats in August Banned and Restricted announcement It’s been a long time coming. Why or why not? August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 Language Rights The Commander Website is Fan Content permitted under the Fan Content Policy. The Oko decks, for all their absurd power, actually had a bad matchup against Field, so the floodgates opened and let loose all manner of horrors when Field was banned. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We've had kitties and deities and slime. Posted in News The Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. All Rights Reserved. There will be an Arena update today, with the ban going live then. In particular, its high win rate against slower decks has made the format as a whole lean more toward aggressive strategies. I won’t cry for field. Cauldron Familiar is banned. A whole year of Secret Lair is in the books. There will be an Arena update today, with the bans going live then. Posted in News Read below for our commentary and the official explanation for the ban. Teferi, Time Raveler is banned. Updated August 4, 2020 Wizards of the Coast has released their Banned and Restricted Announcement today, making changes to multiple formats. Are you excited for the Historic format going forward. Updated August 24, 2020. This effect scales with the ubiquity of Field of the Dead decks, and recent sets have given the deck several powerful additions, including Cultivate, Explore, and, most recently, Hour of Promise. As Gavin and Mike discussed tod... © 1993-2020 Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved. ), being essentially free to include (which really is a major part of the problem with Field, that it doesn’t restrict your deck all that much…) and buying it a lot of time to set up/soften them up for that gamewinning Expansion/Explosion. I would argue that if those decks aren’t allowed to thrive, the format will be worse for it, and that steps need to continue being taken to ensure format diversity. Before Amonkhet Remastered brought Hour of Promise into the fray, this argument had some merit and Field decks overall weren’t doing that well. However, anyone who doesn’t already have 4 Fields should get out there and craft them right now, as the patch could be very soon and you won’t have the chance to do so after it’s already out! Since then it has been part of many of the top decks, of every good ramp deck and many that aren’t quite so competitive! Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). Announcement Date: August 24, 2020 Historic: Field of the Dead is banned. Unfortunately Hour, in its ability to search up two copies of Field of the Dead and immediately assemble a huge board, has revitalised the deck and made it much faster and more consistent. There will be an Arena update today, with the ban going live then. Updated August 24, 2020 Wizards of the Coast has released their Banned and Restricted Announcement today, making changes to only one format this time! Wizards of the Coast has released their Banned and Restricted Announcement today, making changes to only one format this time! MTG Arena Zone is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Fan Content Policy. In particular, its high win rate against slower decks has made the format as a whole lean more toward aggressive strategies. Field of the Dead proved a problem early in Historic’s lifespan, being part of its very first suspension announcement. As a result of this we have seen both the popularity and win rate of Field of the Dead decks steadily climb, and it is currently one of the most played Best-of-One decks and, by far, the most popular Best-of-Three deck. Don’t expect ramp decks to go anywhere though, as Historic still has plenty of fantastic enablers and ludicrous payoffs for that strategy running around! 5 Cards That Might Need a Ban in Standard. Wizards of the Coast revealed today when the next Banned and Restricted announcement for the Historic format in MTG Arena will take place. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! We also feel that Field of the Dead is unlikely to be a healthy part of the format anytime soon, so suspension is the wrong approach. Simply put, Field is one of the most powerful lands ever printed, providing gamewinning late game for the simple cost of including some colourless taplands and constructing your deck to have plenty of lands with different names in it, a small investment for many decks – especially ramp decks, but Field has featured in all sorts. Before its ban today, the Field decks were easily keeping up with the faster decks, while having the same effect on the format – the Control and midrange strategies that would ordinarily spring up to counter the aggro meta were wounded by its presence and popularity, to a degree where they still weren’t worth playing even if they were able to beat the faster decks. This effect scales with the ubiquity of Field of the Dead decks, and recent sets have given the deck several powerful additions, including Cultivate, Explore, and, most recently, Hour of Promise. Are there any other bans you were hoping for/would like to see? We've celebrated International Women's Day and Extra Life 2020. As a result of this we have seen both the popularity and win rate of Field of the Dead decks steadily climb, and it is currently one of the most played Best-of-One decks and, by far, the most popular Best-of-Three deck. In order to bring a greater diversity to the Historic meta, Field of the Dead is banned. There, it’s even credited with having kept in check one of the most infamous cards in recent memory, Oko, Thief of Crowns, and that should really demonstrate its power since Oko was one of the best cards ever printed into a Standard environment and had previously unseen levels of format dominance and representation! The central arguments against Field have been the polarising matchups against slower decks, but plenty of people argue that the ramp decks built around it are too slow for Historic anyway, and are routinely crushed by all the fast decks. Having watched the progress of this deck closely, we feel that this trend is unlikely to change. You can also check out the official list of all banned and restricted cards, by format, here. This is compounded by the boring playstyle of the Field decks – as it turns out, the strategy of incorporating a lot of ramp and casting that ramp in the early turns of every single game, and then winning every late game simply by attacking with your horde of zombies over and over, doesn’t lead to the most interesting or dynamic gameplay, either to play with or against. While its overall win rate is rarely at the top, its matchups are extremely polarized. We also feel that Field of the Dead is unlikely to be a healthy part of the format anytime soon, so suspension is the wrong approach. Field of the Dead has been a powerful force in Historic for much of the format's life. Follow him on Twitter and check out his content at https://mtgazone.com/drifter. Cards are ordinarily suspended in Historic, but Wizards has skipped the step of re-suspending Field of the Dead – it is banned permanently.
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