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I toss and turn in my sleep.
Something ominous is coming. There is a disturbance in the Force. A ripple in the fabric of the Multiverse.
I wake up early and check my phone to see that there would an early Banned and Restricted Announcement in a few hours. Surely they wouldn't be announcing a change unless something drastic had happened, and happened within the last few days.
They decided to ban Felidar Guardian, I thought.
If it was something else, we would've heard about them shifting the date for the Banned and Restricted Announcement to be sooner instead of on such late notice. That made sense.
They had an emergency meeting over the weekend and realized their mistake. They hadn't even realized a combo existed.
The announcement would go like this:
“Listen, real talk time, Magic Players. We done goofed. We didn't even realize there was a Saheeli Rai plus Felidar Guardian infinite combo. We don't even know if it's good, and it might not even be that oppressive or it might be. Schrodinger's Cat Combo, I suppose. But we're just gonna ban the combo now before it even has a chance to emerge from cracked boosters and see the light of day. We don't even want to risk another Splinter Twin. We made a mistake. Thanks for understanding, appreciate you dogs.”
Placated and relieved, I decide to try to get a little more sleep and slowly drift off.
I was wrong. Dead wrong. Well, not dead wrong, but still wrong.
I woke up again to pure chaos:
This is a big deal for both Standard and Modern. (Duh.)
Here's what I thought back then:
I'm a fan of banning cards. Bans have to happen. Things are almost guaranteed to go wrong and break. Bans are a sad event that means something went wrong, but they are also acknowledging and fixing a problem.
I think most people can agree banning Stoneforge Mystic from Standard was a good idea. Imagine if Caw-Blade had been dealt with earlier than it was? Pulling that trigger could have saved a bunch of months of stale Standard.
So why don't I feel this way about these bans?
What will happen to Standard and Modern?
What are the positives and negatives of these bans?
Obviously time and results will be the ultimate arbiter to help decide if these were wise decisions, but it is certainly a unique and interesting circumstance, so here's my perspective on things.
First I have three main issues with the bannings. Then I'll go over the cards and how I think the bans will affect Standard and Modern, and close with some looking on the bright side.
Here's what I don't like about this announcement in general: