November 18th: No changes to the Pioneer banned list.
October 31st Update
On October 31st, Wizards of the Coast announced via Twitter that the plan to rapidly update the Pioneer ban ned list is still on the table. The first such update will be on Monday, November 4th, 2019 (and for the time being, all updates will take place on Monday). This takes place after the first Magic Online PTQ on Friday, November 1st.
What is the Pioneer Format?
A new format was announced on October 21st – Pioneer. The cardpool for this new format starts with Return to Ravnica and moves forward from there.
What’s Legal and Banned in Pioneer?
So what’s legal in the Pioneer format? Right now, basically everything; the format will begin with five cards on the Pioneer banlist: Bloodstained Mire, Flooded Strand, Polluted Delta, Windswept Heath, and Wooded Foothills.
The October 24th edition of WeeklyMTG will provide more details about the format and the philosophy behind the banned list.
Pioneer intends to be a format between Modern and Standard. While Modern is not going anywhere, Pioneer wants to provide a similar “play your old Standard cards” format, with a lower threshold to overcome. The format will have support on Magic Online beginning October 23rd, including Weekend Challenges (with no format playoff in 2019), as well as PTQ and MOCS support. The format will also be part of series 1 for the Players Tour, including the Series 1 Players Tour finals.
Wizards created Modern in 2011 and the format has gone on to be incredibly popular, and Pioneer is poised to follow in its footsteps, as players have the opportunity to brew decks in a completely wide-open format. In the announcement, Wizards stressed that Modern is not going anywhere and will continue to receive support.