Announcement Date: June 1, 2003
Effective Date: July 1, 2003
Gush is restricted
Mind's Desire is restricted
(All cards on the Type 1 Banned and Restricted Lists are banned in Type 1.5.)
Gush is banned
Mind's Desire is banned
Here is an explanation of the changes from Magic R&D:
Gush was one of the best card-drawing cards in the Standard format during its run; it should be no surprise that it has become one of the best card-drawing cards in Type 1. Gush's alternative play cost often results in players gaining mana, in addition to the two cards drawn.
Although we prefer for a new card to be "proven" in a format before we ban or restrict it, testing has shown that multiple copies of this Scourge card can quickly lead to degenerate game states. With four copies of Mind's Desire, a player would be able to play every card in his or her deck on the same turn without too much difficulty.