Magic Online brings back banned cards in special Modern event

Oko is probably still overpowered.

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Magic Online is giving players the chance to play with banned cards to see how they stack up against each other in a preconstructed Modern event.

The Modern Banned Gauntlet will be available on Magic Online from Dec. 1 to 8. Players will play in three best-of-three rounds with one of the 12 preconstructed decks available in the format.

Each deck contains a card that was banned in Modern at some point. This includes recent powerhouse cards like Oko, Thief of Crowns to classic Modern bombs like Splinter Twin. These precons are strong facsimiles of the strategies that got these cards banned in the first place.

Here is each deck with the banned card that’s included.

  • Affinity with Mox Opal
  • Melira Pod with Birthing Pod
  • Dredge with Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
  • Counter-Cat with Green Sun’s Zenith
  • Jund with Deathrite Shaman
  • Eldrazi Aggro with Eye of Ugin
  • Bant Stoneblade with Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
  • Temur Aggro with Oko, Thief of Crowns
  • Bloom Titan with Summer Bloom
  • Sunny Side Up with Second Sunrise
  • Twin Exarch with Splinter Twin
  • Blue-Red Aggro with Treasure Cruise

Many of the decks contain cards that were around from when their key card was banned. There aren’t any copies of current Modern staples like Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer or Dragon’s Rage Channeler.