Wizards of the Coast examines tournament results from each competitive Constructed format. Not only could this deck just out value you in the long game, it had an aggro approach where dwindling your life total down to dying from multiple Siege Rhino’s was a real possibility. So what would Birthing Pod Decks look like if it were unbanned Monday? Channel LSV – Modern Rhino Pod. However, I am going to take a different approach… sort of. No Ancestral Vision unban? While Dig Through Time wasn’t as big of an offender as Treasure Cruise, I’m sure there was a worry that with Treasure Cruise gone, everyone would just move on to play Dig Through Time in its place. By William "Huey" Jensen / January 19, 2015 October 10, 2019. What does the banning of Treasure Cruise in Legacy (but the not-affecting of Dig Through Time) mean for Wasteland? How is Gifts Ungiven powered in Vintage, relative to Fact or Fiction? The Modern format features a lot of cheap cantrips, like Serum Visions, Sleight of Hand, Gitaxian Probe, and most importantly Thought Scour, which is not only a cantrip but puts two additional cards into the graveyard. Dig Through Time requires two blue mana to cast, which makes it a bit more reasonable, as you can’t just throw it into literally any deck like you could with Treasure Cruise. Sometimes, a card-drawing card can be too efficient. Wanna feel really icky gooey gross inside? Birthing Pod is banned. All in all, for the time Birthing Pod being banned seemed like the right call. Compiled by Eli Shiffrin and Matt Tabak, with contributions from Laurie Cheers, Tom Fowler, Carsten Haese, Nathan Long, and Thijs van Ommen While there were several players who managed to survive the crushing annihilation of their souls, the overall health of the community has become a concern. Nobody knows for sure, but it has a chance, now. Patrick’s prediction for Legacy: B/G decks will be back with a vengeance! The high percentage of the field playing Pod suppresses decks, especially other creature decks, that have an unfavorable matchup. It's time for a set like none other—and a new way of playing one of the most popular formats in Magic. In the Jeskai Ascendancy combo decks, Treasure Cruise was the most important card, other than Jeskai Ascendancy itself. However, as these decks have occupied a large portion of the competitive metagame, the overall variety of successful decks has been suppressed. Rumors have it that you could hear the blood-curdling screams of Birthing Pod players across the globe. January 24, 2020 by DougY . Over time, this creates a growing gap between the strength of the Pod deck and other creature decks. Click This list is a work in progress. Posted in Feature Sun: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am, © Win Condition Games | Site Designed by Jeff Fulcher. Document last... © 1993-2020 Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved. So how would Birthing Pod being unbanned look in the Modern Format of today? I do hope that Modern Masters 2015 sparks an increased interest in the format similar to its predecessor, because I can’t help but feel that while this change won’t kill the format, it certainly will kill a number of people’s interest in the format. Myr Retriever and Scrap Trawler allow for a value game to be played when faced against more interactive strategies. Listen to the podcast of course! Could there be an unbanning? level 1 Once Urza is put into play there are two ways this deck can take to close out the game. As far as the Sideboard is concerned, I included cards like Spellskite, Phyrexian Revoker, Ethersworn Canonist and Lodestone Golem to disrupt and slow down strategies that would interfere with Urza-Pod’s combos. It got banned in Modern and Legacy, and is restricted in Vintage, joining its cousin Ancestral Recall. Commander Legends Release Notes What are the most popular Commander cards that were banned in other formats? When a format becomes imbalanced, we examine the cause. Pod is broken because of the chain of value generated by it, and not just because of combos. In Modern, these cards are easy replacements for one another—while a Delver deck might use Treasure Cruise over Dig Through Time, banning one but not the other would do little to change the deck. When cards are banned from a format, Wizards investigates whether there is a banned card that, if not banned, might add new decks to competitive play.