It’s been 2 months since the original 45 card banned list format was proposed, which means it’s time for an update!
Some of these changes may seem quite reactionary, but I’d prefer the format to make big, exciting changes that force people to build new decks. Here is the first set of changes:
Gang Sign is Banned
Faerie is Unbanned
With no Jackson Howard, a Criminal deck with Gang Sign, HQ interface, and Fisk Investment Seminar was extrememly oppressive to even the fastest Corp decks. Gang Sign is being banned due to both power and NPE.
Faerie is a powerful tempo card, but with many people going to Crypsis anyway, it may encourage the use of traditional breaker suites a bit.
Accelerated Beta Test is Banned
Adonis Campaign in Unbanned
Having 6 3/2s made rushing with HB a bit strong and so obvious that it was the first deck that almost everyone tried. I’d rather people explore other agenda suites and Project Vitruvius has more decision points than ABT.
Adonis Campaign’s massive economy boost is much more of a liability when you cannot control your hand with Jackson while you wait to run it down. This is intended to be a buff to Glacier decks and 2-remote decks. With no Breaker Bay Grid around, this should be a safe unbanning.
Blue Sun: Powering the Future is Banned
Hostile Takeover is Unbanned
Blue Sun Glacier proved to be VERY strong against all but the most solitaire/lategame runner decks. The ID discourages running and aggression so much that I don’t feel it adds much health to the format.
Hostile Takeover, on the other hand, promotes a more aggressive scoring Weyland deck. With no ability to search all 3 of these up with Atlas counters, Hostile Takeover should be fine. With Hostile Takeover legal, both it and Archer are on the watch-list for the next update. This is part of why Faerie has been unbanned.
The New Banned list is as follows:
Levy AR Lab Access
Same Old Thing
Accelerated Beta Test
The Future Perfect
Mushin No Shin
Nisei Mk 2
Mumbad City Hall
Astroscript Pilot Program
Sansan City Grid
Global Food Initiative
Breaker Bay Grid
Museum of History
Noise: Hacker Extraordinaire
Haas Bioroid: Engineering the Future
Blue Sun: Powering the Future
With Regionals wrapping up in many areas, Hopefully you find time to give this format a try if you haven’t already. I will have time this summer to hopefully organize an online tournament for it if there is interest.