Bridge from Below was the sniper's target of Bridgevine featuring Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis during Monday's Banned and Restricted announcement. Faithless Looting probably had a 50/50 chance of getting voted off the island too, but Wizard of the Coast felt it better to nerf Bridgevine and leave the rest of Modern unchanged leading up to Mythic Championship IV in Barcelona later this month.
- 4 Bloodghast
- 4 Carrion Feeder
- 4 Gravecrawler
- 4 Insolent Neonate
- 4 Stitcher's Supplier
- 4 Vengevine
- 4 Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
I'd like to think that Top 8'ing Grand Prix Dallas having never played a game with Bridgevine helped WotC's decision to take such swift action. More likely it had to do with its overwhelming popularity, resiliency, Day 2 conversion rate, and general win percentage.
The banning of Bridge from Below has largely been expected and accepted by the Magic community. Turn 2 wins from a deck that also has a good draw of sixteen or so power on the second turn is just too much. Maindeck Surgical Extractions and a minimum of either four Rest in Peace or Leyline of the Void in every sideboard simply put too much strain on Modern and deckbuilding to be considered healthy.
Bridge from Below getting the axe certainly dinged Bridgevine to the point where it needs to be reimagined to continue to be successful. It's possible that people will continue to develop with Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis similarly to how people developed Grixis Death's Shadow into the best deck in Modern only after Gitaxian Probe was banned.
A few people already have been having success in Modern pre-banning with Hogaak without Bridge from Below in their decks.