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DCI Banned and Restricted List Announcement

Sideboard Staff

Announcement Date: September 1, 2000

Effective Date: October 1, 2000

(Updated Banned/Restricted lists are at the bottom of this announcement)

Standard

No changes

Extended

No changes

Masques Block

No changes

Type 1

Channel is restricted (unbanned)
Demonic Consultation is restricted
Mind Twist is restricted (unbanned)
Necropotence is restricted

Type 1.5

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

Demonic Consultation is banned
Necropotence is banned

Explanation of Banned and Restricted List Changes

Type 1 and 1.5

Restrictions

Necropotence
Over the past 3 years, this card has become more and more dominant in the Type 1 format. While many more powerful cards have slowly become restricted, this card remained as the preeminent card drawing engine. The swing this card introduces to the game is on par with several cards that are already restricted.

Demonic Consultation
In a format where all the other "tutor" cards are restricted (Demonic, Enlightened, Mystical, etc.), Demonic Consultation stood out as a powerhouse. Especially, since Demonic Consultation was arguably more powerful than many of those other tutors.

Unbannings

Keep in mind that we are constantly monitoring all tournament formats, and trying to maintain as many viable deck archetypes (and thus as many cards) as possible.

Mind Twist and Channel
When these cards were first banned in 1995, Magic: the Gathering was a different game than it is now. In spite of the many cards that have been restricted, the speed of Type 1 has steadily increased over the years. This increase in speed is the result of the thousands of cards that have been added to Type 1 since Channel and Mind Twist were banned. In fact, Type 1 is fast enough now that these cards, while still powerful, no longer unbalance the game as they once did.

Standard

Permitted Sets

  • Classic (Sixth Edition)
  • Urza's Saga
  • Urza's Legacy
  • Urza's Destiny
  • Mercadian Masques
  • Nemesis
  • Prophecy

Banned Cards

  • Fluctuator
  • Memory Jar
  • Time Spiral
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Windfall

Extended

Permitted Sets

  • Fifth Edition
  • Classic (Sixth Edition)
  • Ice Age
  • Homelands
  • Alliances
  • Mirage
  • Visions
  • Weatherlight
  • Tempest
  • Stronghold
  • Exodus
  • Urza's Saga
  • Urza's Legacy
  • Urza's Destiny
  • Mercadian Masques
  • Nemesis
  • Prophecy

In addition, the ten cards listed below, commonly referred to as "dual lands," are legal in Extended:

  • Badlands
  • Bayou
  • Plateau
  • Savannah
  • Scrubland
  • Taiga
  • Tropical Island
  • Tundra
  • Underground Sea
  • Volcanic Island

Banned Cards

  • Amulet of Quoz
  • Dark Ritual
  • Dream Halls
  • Earthcraft
  • Lotus Petal
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Mind Over Matter
  • Time Spiral
  • Timmerian Fiends
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Windfall
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will
  • Zuran Orb

Masques Block

Permitted Sets

  • Mercadian Masques
  • Nemesis
  • Prophecy

Banned Cards

  • Lin-Sivvi, Defiant Hero
  • Rishadan Port

Vintage/Type I

Permitted Sets

  • All basic sets
  • All extensions of the basic set
  • All promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast
  • All limited-edition or large expansion sets

Restricted Cards

  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Berserk
  • Black Lotus
  • Black Vise
  • Braingeyser
  • Channel
  • Crop Rotation
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Doomsday
  • Dream Halls
  • Enlightened Tutor
  • Fastbond
  • Fork
  • Frantic Search
  • Grim Monolith
  • Hurkyl's Recall
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Lotus Petal
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Mind Over Matter
  • Mind Twist
  • Mox Diamond
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Mystical Tutor
  • Necropotence
  • Recall
  • Regrowth
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Stroke of Genius
  • Time Spiral
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Voltaic Key
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will

Banned Cards

  • Amulet of Quoz
  • Bronze Tablet
  • Chaos Orb
  • Contract from Below
  • Darkpact
  • Demonic Attorney
  • Falling Star
  • Jeweled Bird
  • Rebirth
  • Tempest Efreet
  • Timmerian Fiends

Mind Twist and Channel are removed from the Type I Banned List



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