Ban list grows in MTG Pioneer format

Nexus of Fate and Oko, Thief of Crowns were banned in the Magic: The Gathering Pioneer format yesterday, increasing the number of illegal competitive cards to 14.

The result of yesterday’s bans stem from data that Wizards of the Coast has been collecting since the release of Pioneer. Simic Ramp and Simic Nexus were “outliers” in a mostly balanced meta, according to WotC. Both decks had higher than normal win percentages in the Magic Online leagues.

“Over the past weeks, Simic Food Ramp has had a nearly 60% non-mirror match win rate on Magic Online and has earned more than twice as many 5–0 league finishes than any other archetype,” WotC said. “The Simic Nexus deck has had the second-highest win rate and a number of 5–0 league finishes among top decks.

The Pioneer format was launched with a limited ban list. It’s now grown to a total of 14 cards.

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