Sunday, October 29, 2017

Unban candidate

The October 17 banlist announcement brought no changes to Modern format. However, Wizards dropped some juicy announcement. 

In the course of discussing options for this announcement, we did discuss unbanning in Modern. However, given the current healthy state of the format and the upcoming Modern Pro Tour, we plan to wait for the results of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan to evaluate any potential changes for the format. We anticipate making an announcement in February after the results from that tournament come in.

So, if I have to name a one card, which is a safe unban it will be Stoneforge Mystic. Let's find out why. First of all, we need to understand why this card have never been legal in Modern. I firmly believe that Stoneforge being banned had a lot to do with the fact that it was banned in Standard two months prior to the announcement of Modern format. It allows you to cheat out Batterskull on turn three. Raw power. But, is there anything to be afraid of? Is it so broken that it will shake the format up?

In fact, equipments in general see very little play in Modern right now (except from Cranial Plating). They are too slow for Modern format. But, which decks could benefit from Stoneforge? For sure, W/X controls, Abzan and Hatebears. However, Stoneforge is easier to kill now than ever thanks to lately printed Fatal Push, Collective Brutality, and of course Kolaghan’s Command. Commonly played is also Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile. Each deck has an answer to kill this Squire with upside. As long as, Jitte and Skullclamp remains banned Stoneforge is a safe unban.

We will see in February.

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