Emergency Banning of Emrakul, Copter, Reflector Mage, Gitaxian Probe, and Golgari Grave-Troll

Reflector Mage, Emrakul, the Promised End, and Smuggler’s Copter were all banned in yesterday’s emergency ban. This weakened several very strong decks such  as Aetherworks Marvel, Delirium, Flash, and the aggressive Vehicle decks. Whether or not you agree with the idea of bannings in Standard, I think it can be agreed that playing against a non-interactive deck that combos off turn four with a huge 13/13 isn’t fun. Though Fatal Push was printed as a foil to Copter, it can only be played in black decks, where Copter can be played in any deck. Reflector Mage seems a little bit weird, since it’s not that powerful, but I think that Wizards was trying to weaken the UW Flash deck, but not ban anything that saw too much play outside of the deck.

Though it doesn’t kill Dredge or Infect, Dredge and Infect get a lot less competitive from the bans of Probe and Grave-Troll, respectively. Speaking as an Modern Infect player, Probe is one the best cards in the deck. It thins the deck for free, allows you to check if you need Vines as protection for your infect creature, and fuel Become Immense. Though this doesn’t come close to killing Infect, it may lower the amount of Become Immenses to two because they’re harder to fuel with only fetches. As for Grave-Troll, it is the card that really pushed Dredge when it was unbanned, and Dredge will fall back down.

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