As part of a massive Banned and Restricted announcement, Wizards of the Coast banned Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath, Field of the Dead, Mystic Sanctuary, Simian Spirit Guide, and Tibalt’s Trickery in Magic: the Gathering’s Modern format.

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

Uro, Field of the Dead, and Mystic Sanctuary

Uro was also banned in Pioneer and Historic today after having been banned in Standard last year. “As in [those formats], Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath has become a dominant fixture across many of the top Modern decks and operates at a power level that makes it difficult for other midrange and control strategies to compete with,” Wizards said. “To open space in the metagame for a greater variety of midrange strategies and other slower decks to coexist, we’re choosing to ban Uro in Modern as well.”

Additionally, Wizards decided to ban two of Uro’s main accomplices in Modern, Field of the Dead and Mystic Sanctuary, which were “frequently used by ramp and control strategies that we feel are decreasing diversity of gameplay patterns,” they said. “Both lands create repetitive and noninteractive game states in the late game for relatively low deck-building cost. To promote more back and forth gameplay and interaction over win conditions, we’re choosing to remove them.”

Modern Uro Omnath

Creatures (6)
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
Omnath, Locus of Creation

Planeswalkers (8)
Wrenn and Six
Teferi, Time Raveler
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Spells (18)
Lightning Bolt
Path to Exile
Growth Spiral
Mana Leak
Force of Negation
Cryptic Command
Hour of Promise
Lands (28)
Breeding Pool
Field of Ruin
Field of the Dead
Flooded Strand
Hallowed Fountain
Ketria Triome
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Sanctuary
Raugrin Triome
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Island
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Temple Garden

Sideboard (15)
Engineered Explosives
Lightning Bolt
Spell Pierce
Veil of Summer
Aether Gust
Celestial Purge
Mystical Dispute

Simian Spirit Guide and Tibalt’s Trickery

The other two cards banned in Modern were Simian Spirit Guide and Tibalt’s Trickery, both of which enabled some of Modern’s most broken combos.

Simian Spirit Guide is a card we’ve had our eye on for some time as an enabler that speeds up fast combo decks,” Wizards said. “As the Modern card pool has grown, so too has the capability for decks to assemble early game-winning combinations from hand… To slow down that category of combo decks as a whole and give opponents more time to set up interactive plays in the early game, Simian Spirit Guide is banned.”

One of the archetypes that used Simian Spirit Guide to speed up its degenerate combo was built around Tibalt’s Trickery, which was released last month as a part of the Kaldheim expansion set. In their most basic form, these decks would use cards like Violent Outburst to cascade into the only legal cascade target in their deck, Tibalt’s Trickery, which would then counter the Violent Outburst and allow the player to cast the only other non-land, non-Violent Outburst card in their deck—Emrakul, the Aeons Torn—for free.

“[W]hile there’s been much discussion about new Tibalt’s Trickery decks in several formats, we see Modern as the format where those decks are uniquely problematic” due to the card’s interaction with the cascade mechanic, Wizards said. They acknowledge that “the overall win rate of the deck hasn’t shown to be problematic,” but that they “believe it contributes to non-games that make Modern less fun to play.”

Therefore, “[a]s the goal of this update is to shake up the metagame into a more fun spot, we’re concerned that a continued metagame presence of Tibalt’s Trickery decks would work against that goal,” thus requiring its removal from the format.

Modern Tibalt's Trickery

Creatures (4)
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Spells (5)
Tibalt’s Trickery
Violent Outburst
Lands (51)
Blast Zone
Breeding Pool
Castle Garenbrig
Cavern of Souls
Field of the Dead
Flooded Strand
Gemstone Caverns
Ketria Triome
Khalni Garden
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Sanctuary
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Forest
Steam Vents
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
Wooded Foothills
Zagoth Triome

Sideboard (15)
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
Primeval Titan
Summoner’s Pact


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