Oathbreaker Banned List Announcement: August 2, 2019
The Oathbreaker Rules Committee announced the unbanning of Primeval Titan. With the general speed of the format forming part of the consideration, the Titan is did not seem overpowered. It is the first of a group of cards that are being considered for unbanning. The said group includes Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Sylvan Primordial, and Griselbrand. If the Titan performs well in its return to the format, the other cards in the group might be seeing their respective unbannings in the near future.
Other cards such as Tooth and Nail, Gifts Ungiven, and Painter’s servant were also in the discussion. Tooth and Nail remains banned due its ability to end games instantly. Part of the consideration was the perceived dominance of green-based decks in the format. Pending further play-testing by the RC, Painter’s Servant and Gifts Ungiven also remains banned.
Under Close Watch
Also taken up during the discussions are some cards which are becoming a concern for the community. These cards included Narset, Parter of Veils, Thoughtcast, Paradox Engine and Elderspell. According to the RC, Narset and Thoughcast were powerful but still fair enough to remain in the format. Due to the ban on most of the undercosted mana rocks, Paradox Scepter will continue to see play. Elderspell also escaped the ban hammer despite its great potential to warp the format. RC said, however, that both the Engine and Elderspell are still under their close watch.
The next banned list announcement will be on October 11, 90 days after the release of Core 2020.
Interested in Oathbreaker’s offical Banned List? You can find it here: https://oathbreakermtg.org/banned-list/
The link to the original announcement as well as the explanation for the individual cards mentioned in the discussion can also be found on this link: https://oathbreakermtg.org/banned-list-august-2/
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