The parade of Pioneer bans marches on. After two weeks of no changes, this week three cards were banned: Field of the Dead, Once Upon a Time, and Smuggler’s Copter. The reasoning behind each ban was discussed in the article. Smuggler’s Copter got the ax due to its prevalence in Mono Black Aggro and other beatdown decks. Field of the Dead ramp decks were suppressing control and reactive decks. Once Upon a Time was causing various green decks to be too consistent.
While the next round of Pioneer bans will take place on December 9th, the plan is to slowly sync up the format’s Banned list changes with the regular Banned and Restricted List cycle.