Yesterday Wizards of the Coast announced changes to the banned and restricted lists. As expected, Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis got banned, but from there several surprises were on the list.

Standard

Rampaging Ferocidon was removed from the banned list in an unexpected move. Ferocidon received it’s ban during Ixalan season because of fear that it would make Mono-Red decks to powerful. Now that the format has many diverse deck choices, many with life gain, the threat of Ferocidon taking over the format has subsided.

I think that we can expect Rampaging Ferocidon to make its way into Mono-Red decks and Jund Dinosaurs before it rotates away in October. It’s too bad that this did not happen a month ago when Scapeshift was rising to the top of the format. It would have been nice to see if Mono-Red could have found a way to be more competitive in Standard.

Modern

The time of Hogaak has ended as expected!!! What we did not expect was Faithless Looting to move to the banned list. Faithless Looting has played a key role in graveyard decks for many years. Wizards felt that with the increase in graveyard enablement in the format that the Looting had to end. It will be interesting to see where Dredge decks shift following the removal of two of the key cards for the deck.

Modern’s surprise move came with the removal from the banned list of Stoneforge Mystic.

Mystic’s ability to create card advantage made it a powerful card in the past. With Hogaak gone decks using Mystic will find a place in the format.

Vintage

In another surprise move Wizard’s restricted Karn, the Great Creator, Mystic Forge, Mental Misstep, and Golgari Grave-Troll in Vintage.

Coming off the restricted list was Fastbond. The lifting of Fastbond from the restricted list gives the format another strategy to fight the fastest decks in the format.

Looking Forward

It will be interesting to see what the effect of these changes will be on each format. Standard will be going through a major change with rotation occurring in just over a month, so Rampaging Ferocidon will have only a short-term impact on Standard. I expect to see players trying it on Arena as soon as it can be played, but I don’t think it will take over the format.

Next week begins previews for Throne of Eldraine, so we will begin to see where standard is moving some.

Until next time. Good luck finding your win condition!