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When is the next MTG Banned and Restricted announcement?

Stay on top of bans across all Magic: The Gathering formats.

Wizards of the Coast switched up Magic: The Gathering’s Banned and Restricted announcements for the 2023-2024 season. Here is a full breakdown of when to expect the next ban. 

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A set schedule was finally applied to MTG Banned and Restricted announcements at the same time the legality of an MTG card in Standard was increased to three years. The purpose of the change was to provide players with one large annual Banned and Restricted announcement a year while having slots throughout the year where WotC could choose to ban a card or leave all formats as is. 

Is there an upcoming MTG Banned and Restricted announcement?

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As confirmed by WotC, the next MTG Banned and Restricted announcement is scheduled for Monday, June 24. We do know that a Modern Horizons 3 Common is on the hot seat within the Pauper format at time of writing. No other cards have been put on the hot seat as of May 13.

A Banned and Restricted window slot doesn’t mean any bans or unbans will happen in June. The window is there in case a card slips through the design cracks and warps an MTG format or meta almost immediately. The window can also be used to ban or unban a card within a format once the Banned and Restricted team has had time to process data and community reactions from the previous Standard-legal set.

Through the digital release of OTJ on MTG Arena, Force of Vigor, Commandeer, Reanimate, and Mana Drain were officially banned from the Historic format. The most recent Banned and Restricted announcement targeted the Pauper format, removing All That Glitters. Also included in the May 13 B&R announcement was the removal of all Stickers and Attractions from competitive Pauper, Vintage, and Legacy gameplay.

All MTG Banned and Restricted announcements in 2023-2024 season

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We’ve put together a list of all the Banned and Restricted announcements during the MTG 2023-2024 season to help you keep track. And if you are looking for every MTG that has ever been banned throughout the TCG history, we have that too.

May 2024 Banned and Restricted announcement

  • Pauper: All That Glitters
  • Pauper, Vintage, and Legacy: All Sticker and Attraction cards were banned from competitive play

March 2024 Banned and Restricted announcement

  • Standard: No changes
  • Pioneer: No changes
  • Modern: Violent Outburst
  • Legacy: No changes
  • Vintage: Ponder removed from restricted list
  • Explorer: No changes
  • Pauper: No changes

December 2023 Banned and Restricted announcement

All changes went into effect on Dec. 4 for tabletop and Dec. 5 for MTG Arena

  • Standard: No changes
  • Pioneer: Karn, the Great Creator and Geological Appraiser banned
  • Pioneer: Smuggler’s Copter unbanned
  • Modern: Fury and Up the Beanstalk banned
  • Legacy: No changes
  • Vintage: No changes
  • Explorer: Karnm the Great Creator and Geological Appraiser banned
  • Pauper: Monastery Swiftspear banned

The next MTG Banned and Restricted announcement window is about one week after the launch of MH3. We’ll keep you posted with any new information from WotC.


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