All banned and restricted cards in Magic: The Gathering

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Wizards of the Coast regularly adjusts what Magic: The Gathering cards players can and can’t use in various formats.

The developer bans cards for various reasons. Some cards are banned because they’re “proven to simply be too powerful.” But others might be taken out of a format because their existence plays too great of a role in restricting the game’s meta.

Whatever the reason for a ban, these cards can’t be played or kept in a sideboard for their respective format. On the other hand, a restricted card (which only exists in Vintage) has a limit to the number of copies you may have in a deck.

Here are all of the banned cards in each MTG format. For more information on MTG‘s respective ban lists, you can visit the card game’s official webpage on banned and restricted cards.

Standard

  • Alrund’s Epiphany
  • Divide by Zero
  • Faceless Haven
  • Omnath, Locus of Creation

Modern

  • Ancient Den
  • Arcum’s Astrolabe
  • Birthing Pod
  • Blazing Shoal
  • Bridge From Below
  • Chrome Mox
  • Cloudpost
  • Dark Depths
  • Deathrite Shaman
  • Dig Through Time
  • Dread Return
  • Eye of Ugin
  • Faithless Looting
  • Field of the Dead
  • Gitaxian Probe
  • Glimpse of Nature
  • Golgari Grave-Troll
  • Great Furnace
  • Green Sun’s Zenith
  • Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
  • Hypergenesis
  • Krark-Clan Ironworks
  • Mental Misstep
  • Mox Opal
  • Mycosynth Lattice
  • Mystic Sanctuary
  • Oko, Thief of Crowns
  • Once Upon a Time
  • PonderPreordain
  • Punishing Fire
  • Rite of Flame
  • Seat of the Synod
  • Second Sunrise
  • Seething Song
  • Sensei’s Divining Top
  • Simian Spirit Guide
  • Skullclamp
  • Splinter Twin
  • Summer Bloom
  • Tibalt’s Trickery
  • Treasure Cruise
  • Tree of Tales
  • Umezawa’s Jitte
  • Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
  • Vault of Whispers

Vintage

Banned

  • “Conspiracy” type cards, of which there are 25.
  • Cards that reference “playing for ante,” of which there are nine.
  • “Cards whose art, text, name, or combination thereof that are racially or culturally offensive are banned in all formats.”
  • Chaos Orb
  • Falling Star
  • Shahrazad

Restricted

  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Black Lotus
  • Brainstorm
  • Chalice of the Void
  • Channel
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Dig Through Time
  • Flash
  • Gitaxian Probe
  • Golgari Grave-Troll
  • Gush
  • Imperial Seal
  • Karn, the Great Creator
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Lion’s Eye Diamond
  • Lodestone Golem
  • Lotus Petal
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Mental Misstep
  • Merchant Scroll
  • Mind’s Desire
  • Monastery Mentor
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Mystic Forge
  • Mystical Tutor
  • Narset, Parter of Veils
  • Necropotence
  • Ponder
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Thorn of Amethyst
  • Time Vault
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Treasure Cruise
  • Trinisphere
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Yawgmoth’s Will

Legacy

  • “Conspiracy” type cards, of which there are 25.
  • Cards that reference “playing for ante,” of which there are nine.
  • “Cards whose art, text, name, or combination thereof that are racially or culturally offensive are banned in all formats.”
  • Ancestral Recall
  • Arcum’s Astrolabe
  • Balance
  • Bazaar of Baghdad
  • Black Lotus
  • Channel
  • Chaos Orb
  • Deathrite Shaman
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Dig Through Time
  • Dreadhorde Arcanist
  • Earthcraft
  • Falling Star
  • Fastbond
  • Flash
  • Frantic Search
  • Gitaxian Probe
  • Goblin Recruiter
  • Gush
  • Hermit Druid
  • Imperial Seal
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Lurrus of the Dream-Den
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Drain
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Mental Misstep
  • Mind Twist
  • Mind’s Desire
  • Mishra’s Workshop
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Mystical Tutor
  • Necropotence
  • Oath of Druids
  • Oko, Thief of Crowns
  • Sensei’s Divining Top
  • Shahrazad
  • Skullclamp
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Survival of the Fittest
  • Time Vault
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Treasure Cruise
  • Underworld Breach
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Wrenn and Six
  • Yawgmoth’s Bargain
  • Yawgmoth’s Will
  • Zirda, the Dawnwaker

Commander

  • “Conspiracy” type cards, of which there are 25.
  • Cards that reference “playing for ante,” of which there are nine.
  • “Cards whose art, text, name, or combination thereof that are racially or culturally offensive are banned in all formats.”
  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Biorhythm
  • Black Lotus
  • Braids, Cabal Minion
  • Chaos Orb
  • Coalition Victory
  • Channel
  • Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
  • Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
  • Falling Star
  • Fastbond
  • Flash
  • Gifts Ungiven
  • Griselbrand
  • Hullbreacher
  • Iona, Shield of Emeria
  • Karakas
  • Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Limited Resources
  • Lutri, the Spellchaser
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Panoptic Mirror
  • Paradox Engine
  • Primeval Titan
  • Prophet of Kruphix
  • Recurring Nightmare
  • Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
  • Shahrazad
  • Sundering Titan
  • Sway of the Stars
  • Sylvan Primordial
  • Time Vault
  • Time Walk
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Trade Secrets
  • Upheaval
  • Worldfire
  • Yawgmoth’s Bargain

Explorer

  • Field of the Dead
  • Kethis, the Hidden Hand
  • Leyline of Abundance
  • Lurrus of the Dream-Den
  • Nexus of Fate
  • Oko, Thief of Crowns
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Teferi, Time Raveler
  • Tibalt’s Trickery
  • Underworld Breach
  • Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
  • Veil of Summer
  • Wilderness Reclamation
  • Winota, Joiner of Forces