Monday, 11 November 2019 21:19

Pioneer banlist updated: One additional card banned

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Another card has been banned from the Pioneer format. Another card has been banned from the Pioneer format. WOTC/MAGIC UNTAPPED

Hot on the heels of the last three banned cards, Wizards of the Coast have announced that another card has been added to the official Pioneer ban list. Veil of Summer, originally introduced in Core Set 2020, will be unusable in tabletop and online Pioneer starting on November 12.

According to Wizards, even after the bans from last week, green-based ramp and aggro decks are still dominating the metagame, to the exclusion of midrange and control. WotC's Ian Duke writes that "we expect this to increase incentive to play reactive strategies that will help keep the format in balance over the long term without fundamentally changing any of the diversity of decks currently available in Pioneer." Furthermore, Magic Online and tabletop bans will now happen at the same time, going forward.

The next banlist announcement will be on November 18; if a Pioneer ban is needed, the announcement will happen that afternoon, separate from the standard announcement. The full list of banned cards can be found on the Magic website.