Amid today’s sea of bannings, Wizards of the Coast also decided to unban Lurrus of the Dream-Den in Magic: the Gathering’s Vintage format.

Don’t miss our coverage of today’s news: bans in Modern, Pioneer, Legacy, and Historic, plus the change to the cascade mechanic.

Last May, Wizards banned Lurrus in Vintage a month after it was released as part of the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths expansion. At the time, Lurrus of the Dream-Den was trivially easy to play in Vintage since most decks already met its companion restriction of only permanents with converted mana costs two or less, giving those decks an automatic eighth card in hand at the cost of one sideboard slot. Wizards felt that “the power level benefit of using Lurrus as a companion was far too high relative to its deck-building cost” and decided to ban the card.

As a result, Lurrus became the first card to be banned (rather than restricted) in Vintage solely due to its power level.

However, since then, Wizards has been forced to change how the entire companion mechanic works. Rather than being able to cast their companion directly from exile, players must now pay three mana at sorcery speed to put their companion into their hand, where the card can be played as normal. Wizards believes the additional mana requirement will be enough to balance Lurrus of the Dream-Den in Vintage since mana efficiency “comes at a premium in the context of Vintage power level.”

“A key aspect of the spirit of Vintage is that we’d like as much of Magic’s card library to be available as possible,” Wizards said, and having Lurrus of the Dream-Den on the ban list ran counter to that spirit.

“So, we’re running the experiment of unbanning Lurrus of the Dream-Den,” they continued. “We’ll be keeping our eye on what this does to the metagame and are willing to revert the change if needed, but we believe that Lurrus should be given another chance to prove itself under the new companion rule.”

Vintage Lurrus Breach

Creatures (1)
Snapcaster Mage

Spells (32)
Ancestral Recall
Chain of Vapor
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Mental Misstep
Spell Pierce
Vampiric Tutor
Brain Freeze
Demonic Tutor
Hurkyl’s Recall
Merchant Scroll
Time Walk
Mindbreak Trap
Force of Will
Dig Through Time
Treasure Cruise

Artifacts (7)
Black Lotus
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lotus Petal
Mox Jet
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Nihil Spellbomb

Enchantments (4)
Seal of Fire
Underworld Breach
Lands (16)
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Sanctuary
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Island
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Tormod’s Crypt
Nihil Spellbomb
Seal of Fire
Hurkyl’s Recall
Sprite Dragon
Mindbreak Trap

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