Banned and Restricted List Announcement
Date: March 1, 2000
April 1, 2000
- Dark Ritual is banned
- Mana Vault is banned
(All cards on the Type
1 Banned and Restricted Lists are banned in Type 1.5)
Watch List Update
All cards have been removed
from the watch list.
Explanation of Banned
and Restricted List Changes
In considering the Extended
format, we took into account the proliferation of certain combo decks, such
as the increasingly popular Necro-Donate deck. Data was analyzed from Pro Tour
- Chicago, recent Qualifier tournaments and Grand Prix events. Although many
cards were considered (including Necropotence, Donate, and Demonic Consultation),
it was decided that it was more important to deal with the core of the problem:
fast mana. Dark Ritual and Mana Vault both provide mana too easily, allowing
certain combo decks to win much too quickly. Removing these two cards from the
environment allows combo decks to exist, but decreases the speed at which they
can win, balancing the decks in relation to the rest of the field. This decision
also allows other interesting, balanced deck types to exist within the format.
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