Field of the Dead Banned in Standard - Hipsters of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast has banned Field of the Dead in Standard.
With over 40% of the decks at Mythic Championship V containing both Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Field of the Dead it was clear that something was wrong with the Standard format. And when Wizards moved the Banned and Restricted update up a full month to today, it was clear that they were aware that they were actively harming the health of the Standard format.
Standard Bant Golos by Jean-Emmanuel Depraz
It Reduced the Number of Viable Strategies in Standard
In the announcement banning Field of the Dead, Wizards confirmed that Golos/Field decks "not only maintained a high win rate and metagame share, but has also restricted the space of viable competitive strategies in Standard."
It was the latter concern, that Golos/Field decks reduced the number of viable strategies in Standard, that seems to have been the reason that Field of the Dead was banned. "Field of the Dead's ability to produce a constant stream of Zombie tokens for little resource investment gives the strategy an often-inevitable win condition in long games, making it difficult for traditional control decks or other ramp decks to go 'over the top' with a more powerful late game," Wizards said.
"On the other end of the spectrum, ample anti-aggro tools and fast ramp enable the deck to defend itself against traditional attack decks before shoring up the ground with defensive Zombie tokens," Wizards continued. "This has forced the metagame into extreme positions, with hyper-aggressive red decks and planeswalker-heavy decks being among the only archetypes to consistently put up favorable results against Field of the Dead decks."
Additionally, Field of the Dead created repetitive, undesirable play patterns that led to prolonged games. Wizards said that it "observed a marked increase in matches going to time in tabletop tournaments and in average game length in digital play."
However, Wizards clarified that the decision to ban Field of the Dead was mostly made before Mythic Championship V. "[W]hile the metagame leading up to and including Mythic Championship V was a factor in our decision making, this change is not a direct reaction to the results of that event," they said.
With Field of the Dead banned, many players are worried that Wizards has opened the door for cards like Oko, Thief of Crowns and Nissa, Who Shakes the World to dominate Standard. Wizards is aware of those concerns and said that they "continue to monitor the health of the environment, but feel it's important to allow the metagame to adjust to the absence of Field of the Dead before further evaluation."
"As a philosophy, we prefer that players' deck-building and metagaming choices drive the evolution of the environment whenever possible, rather than B&R intervention."
Another Standard Ban
Field of the Dead is the 11th card banned from Standard in the last three years.
First, in January 2017, Emrakul, the Promised End, Smuggler's Copter, and Reflector Mage were banned due to Emrakul and the Copter's oppressive effects on Standard. These were the first Standard bannings in Magic since June 2011, when Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Stoneforge Mystic formed the core of the nigh-unbeatable Caw Blade deck in that Standard format.
Standard Caw Blade
A few months later, Wizards realized that it had printed a Turn 4 infinite combo with Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian. They banned Felidar Guardian in April 2017, three months after it was printed in Aether Revolt.
Unfortunately, four cards on the banned list couldn't solve Standard's issues, and two months later in June 2017 Wizards banned Aetherworks Marvel, as well.
But Aetherworks Marvel was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the Kaladesh block's Energy mechanic warping Standard. After the Battle for Zendikar and Shadows Over Innistrad blocks rotated out in the Fall of 2017, Energy took over the metagame, forcing Wizards to issue bans in January 2018 for Attune with Aether and Rogue Refiner, as well as the powerful Red cards that would have dominated Standard without the presence of Energy decks, Ramunap Ruins and Rampaging Ferocidon.
Standard Temur Energy
Within a year, Wizards has banned nine cards in Standard, surpassing the total of eight cards that were banned in 2004 and 2005 from the Arcbound Ravager Affinity Standard deck, which is widely seen as the lowest point in Magic's history.
Standard went through a relatively quiet period after the January 2018 bans. But with the printing of Nexus of Fate as the Buy-a-Box promo for Core Set 2019, Wizards created yet another miserable Standard deck, Simic Nexus. While the deck was weak in sideboarded games, it was nearly unstoppable in Game 1 unless opponents changed their decks specifically to be Simic Nexus and nothing else, which led to an untenable in Best-of-One matches on MTG Arena. As a result, Wizards banned Nexus of Fate in the Standard Best-of-One format in February 2019.
Standard Simic Nexus
One of the strongest cards in the current Magic: The Gathering meta will no longer be eligible for use in Standard play soon. Wizards of the Coast officially banned Field of the Dead from the Standard
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