Goodbye Sylvan Primordial!


Today the Commander banned list was updated… the only change? Ban Sylvan Primordial.

Honestly, I can’t say that I care. I don’t play the card, and I don’t think anyone in my group played the card… at least I’ve never seen it hit the table in a  Commander game. That said, I can see where it would be a problem. Here is the reasoning from the EDH Rules Committee:

It’s been almost a year since the banned list for Commander was altered, as we feel the format continues to grow, games are reasonably diverse where their players want them to be, and we want to keep the banned list as short as practical.

That said, there is one card which has drawn an increasing amount of ire over the past year. We feel Sylvan Primordial is causing far more problems than its contributions justify, and that the format will be better off without it. It meets many of the heuristic markers for a banned card, insofar as it invalidates many other creatures as search targets and causes arguments about whether its use is degenerate or reasonable. It can be easily accelerated into on turn 4 or 5 (before players are expected to have extensive defenses or threats online), at which point it turns a reasonable ramp deck into uninteresting games.

If the card was just a big ramp, or just utility destruction, or just spot land destruction, it would likely be fine but by combining both factors it becomes ubiquitous, frequently overwhelming, and repetitive. After some debate in previous seasons, the committee members all voted in favour of removing it from the format.

Why is it that the green mythic in various cycles of cards is the strongest? So many people complain about green being weak… yet the green part of the cycle is the one that gets banned! (Primeval Titan I’m looking at you!)

1 comment
  1. Eric Lowell said:

    I actually understand this one. For 7 mana you destroy 3 permanents and get 3 forests, plus a 6/8 creature with reach. It’s pretty darn powerful, especially in a deck like Roon, where you can do it over and over again.

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