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Part 4 – Understanding the Banned/Restricted List
by Secret Squirrel
Magic has an extensive
Banned and Restricted list for its formats. What's a banned
or restricted card? Well, a banned card is a card that for
whatever reason has been "banned" from a format. This means
that you cannot play this card in that format. A
"restricted" card means that you can only have one copy of
said card in your deck/sideboard.
Why are cards banned? Well that depends. Skullclamp was
banned in Type 2 because it was insanely powerful. Crop
Rotation was restricted in Type 1 because it was part of
deadly Tolarian Academy deck. Generally a card is banned if
it is in many decks (clamp was in every Top 8 deck while it
was good) and over powers the environment, or if it's part
of a broken combo that is unhealthy for the environment.
It's fair to say that cards are restricted/banned fairly
infrequently, so don't worry about half your collection
suddenly becoming illegal. (Although, you may have to worry
about that if you only play Type 2..)
The list is updated four times per year (sometimes no
changes are made, but there is always an announcement):
March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Be sure to
check the official site (or the boards) for any updates.
You can always find the Banned and Restricted List here:
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