After all the hype around a potential Goblin Chainwhirler banning in Standard and a Stoneforge Mystic unbanning in Modern, we got...a Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe ban in Legacy. Well, okay then! I'm going to spend the bulk of today's article talking about Legacy, but let's touch base a little on the non-changes to Standard and Modern first.
First, I'm not surprised that WotC left Goblin Chainwhirler alone. Despite the rash of Standard bannings over the past few years, I still believe that axing a card from a current set should be a last resort in Magic's newest format. Not only have decks like B/U Midrange and U/W God-Pharaoh's Gift stepped it up a bit over the past couple of weeks to compete with The Chainwhirler, but paying RRR for a card should be a lot less attractive once Guilds of Ravnica, a multicolored set, comes out. Oh-and literally every other creature in R/B Aggro (other than Rekindling Phoenix) rotates in the fall.
Don't expect a big price bump for Goblin Chainwhirler or any of the R/B or Mono-Red Aggro cards based on this news. Standard is still sinking deeper into its summer lull, and if anything, the non-ban is just going to make people even more likely to shrug their shoulders and ignore Standard until early September. We'll get a few scattered price increases as Core Set 2019 hopefully injects a couple more interesting decks into the metagame, but that would have happened with or without a Chainwhirler ban.