DCI Banned and Restricted List Announcement

Sideboard Staff

Announcement Date: September 1, 1999

Effective Date: October 1, 1999


No changes


Dream Halls is banned
Earthcraft is banned
Lotus Petal is banned
Mind Over Matter is banned
Yawgmoth's Will is banned
Important note: See below for a change to the Extended format.


No changes

Type 1

Divine Intervention is unbanned
Ivory Tower is unrestricted
Mirror Universe is unrestricted
Shahrazad is unbanned
Underworld Dreams is unrestricted
Crop Rotation is restricted
Doomsday is restricted
Dream Halls is restricted
Enlightened Tutor is restricted
Frantic Search is restricted
Grim Monolith is restricted
Hurkyl's Recall is restricted
Lotus Petal is restricted
Mana Crypt is restricted
Mana Vault is restricted
Mind Over Matter is restricted
Mox Diamond is restricted
Mystical Tutor is restricted
Tinker is restricted
Vampiric Tutor is restricted
Voltaic Key is restricted
Yawgmoth's Bargain is restricted
Yawgmoth's Will is restricted

Type 1.5

(All cards on the Type 1 Banned and Restricted Lists are banned in Type 1.5)

Divine Intervention is unbanned
Ivory Tower is unbanned
Mirror Universe is unbanned
Shahrazad is unbanned
Underworld Dreams is unbanned
Crop Rotation is banned
Doomsday is banned
Dream Halls is banned
Enlightened Tutor is banned
Frantic Search is banned
Grim Monolith is banned
Hurkyl's Recall is banned
Lotus Petal is banned
Mana Crypt is banned
Mana Vault is banned
Mind Over Matter is banned
Mox Diamond is banned
Mystical Tutor is banned
Tinker is banned
Vampiric Tutor is banned
Voltaic Key is banned
Yawgmoth's Bargain is banned
Yawgmoth's Will is banned


Extended Format Change

Beginning October 1, 1999, cards from the following sets may not be played in the Extended format:

Revised Edition (third edition)
Fourth Edition
The Dark
Fallen Empires

However, the ten cards listed below, commonly called "dual lands," will continue to be allowed in the Extended format:

Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island


Explanation of Banned and Restricted List Changes

Type 1 and Type 1.5 Formats

Removals from Banned and Restricted Lists

Our goal is to have as few cards as possible banned and restricted in all of our formats. To that end, Wizards of the Coast R&D and the DCI feel that the five cards listed are no longer a threat to the Type 1 tournament environment.

New Restrictions

Over the past year, the Type 1 format has been dominated by very fast combination decks. Using these decks, players can win so quickly that they have little or no interaction with their opponents other than a finishing Fireball or Stroke of Genius. Although combo decks are an important part of any tournament environment, they shouldn't be so fast that opponents can do nothing to stop them. The new restrictions, designed to slow down fast combo decks, can be grouped into three broad categories: fast mana, combo engines, and combo searchers.

Fast mana:
Grim Monolith
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mox Diamond
Voltaic Key

Combo engines:
Dream Halls
Hurkyl's Recall
Mind Over Matter
Yawgmoth's Bargain
Yawgmoth's Will

Combo searchers:
Crop Rotation
Enlightened Tutor
Frantic Search
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor

Extended Format

The current Extended environment is also suffering from the domination of combo decks at the expense of player interaction.

Fast mana:
Lotus Petal
Combo engines:
Dream Halls
Mind Over Matter
Yawgmoth's Will


Explanation of Extended Format Change

When the Extended format was first created, we intended older expansions to rotate out of the environment, but at a much slower rate than the Standard rotation. The advantages to this rotation are fewer banned cards and players across the world having equal access to the cards still in the environment. The disadvantage is that some key cards, such as the "dual lands" from Revised Edition, could no longer be played in the format.

Many consider the dual lands to be the primary element that sets the Extended format apart from the Standard format. We believe that eventually dual lands will no longer be the main element differentiating Extended and Standard-players will begin to miss other cards instead, such as Living Death, Cursed Scroll, Rancor, and so on. Until that time, however, the DCI has decided to keep the dual lands in the format.

The following expansions will rotate out of the Extended format on October 1: Revised Edition, Fourth Edition, The Dark, and Fallen Empires. The ten dual lands will be legal until the next Extended set rotation (which will occur sometime in the next two to three years). By the time dual lands rotate out of Extended, the DCI will be supporting another format (most probably a casual format) in which they can be played. In addition to set rotation, several cards have been added to the Extended Banned List to ensure that combo decks are kept in check in the new environment.

These changes should make Extended a little more accessible to new Magic markets, which is essential for the long-term growth of the format. In the short term, the Extended format will go through some necessary growing pains. The Extended format will continue to be one of the DCI's main formats.


Watch List Update

Voltaic Key has been added to the R&D and DCI "Watch List" for possible DCI action in the Standard format.


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