Announcement Date: June 1, 2004
Effective Date: June 20, 2004
Mirrodin Block Constructed
Skullclamp is banned
(All cards on the Type 1 Banned and Restricted Lists are banned in Type 1.5.)
Here is an explanation of the changes from Magic R&D:
Whenever one card appears in the majority of the decks played in major tournaments, R&D takes a long hard look at banning it. While the current Standard and Mirrodin Block Constructed metagames have room for multiple decks to succeed, and there are answers available to Skullclamp, that isn’t enough to make for a healthy environment. Every deck is required to warp itself around this one-mana card, and almost every successful deck abuses it. In addition, games that involve Skullclamp simply aren’t as much fun to play, especially when those are the only kinds of games going on.
For a more in-depth explanation of the reasons behind this bannings, tune in to Aaron Forsythe’s “Latest Developments” column on magicthegathering.com on Friday, June 4.