Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Treasure Cruise Banned?

Here we go again.

Early this week, Wizards announced that as of April 1st, Treasure Cruise would be banned in Pauper. This reignited a simmering discussion about whether this card would or should also be banned in Standard Pauper. This is an issue that has seen quite a bit of discussion since the card was released, with a vocal minority arguing that the card is "bonkers" broken while the majority simply believe it is good but not detrimental to the format. As I have stated before, I am firmly in the latter camp.

But of course, the real concern was whether or not the banning of Treasure Cruise in Pauper would, by default or by neglect, mean that the card would also be banned in Standard Pauper. I actually tweeted this very question, both to the general Magic Online Twitter handle and to Lee Sharpe, the Digital Product Manager for Magic Online. Imagine my surprise when I received within just a few short minutes this reply from none other than Ryan Spain, former co-host of Limited Resources and current Design Manager for Magic Online:

I think it's safe to say that the ban will not affect Standard Pauper. And a big shout-out to Ryan for answering my question so quickly.

So let's put this to bed once and for all. Treasure Cruise should not, and (almost certainly) will not, be banned in Standard Pauper.

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