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I've heard a lot of buzz over the last few days about a card or two getting the axe from Standard. Namely, cards from the Temur/Four-Color Energy decks, since they've been ruling the roost for a long time. I talked a bit about Standard last week when I went over eight new cards from Rivals of Ixalan, but the driving point was that very few, if any, would be good enough to break into Standard unless something was eliminated from these dominant Energy strategies.
Ever since the release of Kaladesh, Energy has run rampant through Standard. The first iterations of Aetherworks Marvel flooded the Pro Tour, but it quickly became apparent that those combo-heavy iterations couldn't beat a control deck. Over time, the deck evolved to have a much stronger gameplan against control, and eventually was built in a number of ways where it didn't have to rely on the combo of six energy + Aetherworks Marvel to win the game. Hedge cards like Whirler Virtuoso were very tough to deal with on top of landing your big threat(s), and it wasn't unreasonable to just get to the point where you were hard-casting your giant Eldrazi.
After Emrakul, the Promised End (and a few other cards) were banned, the Saheeli Rai + Felidar Guardian combo ran rampant through the format. And after Felidar Guardian was banned, Aetherworks Marvel alongside Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger became a problem yet again. And now, with Temur Energy being so dominant...
The underlying cause of all these problems has been the energy mechanic. Energy-based threats, like Whirler Virtuoso and Rogue Refiner, continue to be problematic for most decks just because of their sheer efficiency. For three mana, you get a body that either draws a card, produces more of a resource you can't interact with, or leaves behind one or more bodies that you also have to deal with. It's annoying. It's too good. And I think it's time for a change. With the Prerelease of Rivals of Ixalan this weekend, I think that Wizards of the Coast has a few options on what they can do to help the Standard format.
Here are the most likely scenarios to come from the Ban & Restricted List announcement on Monday.