Wizards of the Coast literally 2 days after the initial ban and limited list has added Felidar Guardian to its standard ban list.
I agree fully with this ban (long diatribe about the combo preventing diversity and linking it to the old Splinter Twin combo). The only issue is that this entire situation makes the WoC game devs seem bad at their jobs. If they were considering banning Felidar Guardian, there was no reason to wait 2 days after the normal ban announcement. This whole situation was likely just a reaction to the negative publicity surrounding them NOT banning Felidar Guardian in the first place. It also made me have to post two days in a row on the same topic (those fiends).
Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Standard most likely saved now… hopefully…
So yesterday WoC released their Banned and Limited announcement for Amonkhet (the most recent set). You can see the rationales here though I’ll summarize what happened quickly.
Nothing has been banned in Standard. The format has been dominated recently by the Saheeli Rai/Felidar Guardian combo and Mardu Vehicles using Heart of Kiran/Gideon, Ally of Zendikar.
As you can see here from mtggoldfish metagame breakdown these decks represent over 50% of the Standard meta. This is unhealthy for the format and stifling for innovation and new deck design. While WoC seems to claim Amonkhet will provide the answers to combat these decks, many players remain skeptical (myself included). We will have to wait for the Pro-Tour to see if these decks remain dominant. At that time we may finally see a ban if necessary.
I apologize for the lack of entries this month, college has been rough.
Thanks for reading as usual.