As any Magic: The Gathering player knows, sometimes new released lines can add some cards to decks that are so powerful they can’t be beaten, or are rarely beaten, in tournament play. For this reason, Magic officials come together at different parts of the year to announce cards that are banned and restricted for tournament play. Often times these bans will force players using these cards to restructure their decks for more open and fair tournament play. However, with every Banned and Restricted announcement, some Magic fans will be left disappointed and in need of a restructure if they wish to continue playing their decks in tournament play.
The Restricted and Banned list on January 15th undoubtedly made both old school and new school players have to take a long hard look at the card set-up they were employing. Though the January B&R (as it is abbreviated) only took four cards away from players, these four had often been used to gather energy for some incredible attacks. Wizards of the Coast has said that since the release of the Ixalan line, they have been monitoring the new card’s effects on the standard play environment and has noticed that Temur Energy and Ramunap Red decks have dominated recent tournament battles.
In an effort to combat this trend, Wizards have announced that the ‘free energy cards’ Ramunap Ruins, and Attune with Aether, have been banned, along with creatures Rampaging Ferocidon, and Rouge Refiner. For a complete breakdown of why these cards have been banned, and past Banned and Restricted cards, visit https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-15-2018-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2018-01-15.