Effective January 1, 2011, the following changes occur in Legacy:
Survival of the Fittest
|Thorn in the side of Legacy players for months. Good riddance!|
Basically, the reasons they banned Survival of the Fittest were that it was too resilient to removal and that all decks had to start carrying anti-Survival cards just to have a chance against the decks. If those decks didn't draw their answer to Survival, the game was as good as over.
They contemplated banning Vengevine, but R&D noted that other cards, like Necrotic Ooze, were comboing with Survival of the Fittest so a Vengevine ban would be useless.
The root of the problem was Survival of the Fittest, so now those roots are cut.
|THIS...oughta be interesting...|
Yeah, but when it dominates tournaments, it's anything but fair.
While I don't have a history lesson for this card, I do know Mark Rosewater considered the "free spells" in Urza's Saga to be the absolute worst design decision in the history of the game. Combine it with a piece of the Power 9 and...yeah, it doesn't take long for things to go crazy.
But apparently R&D felt the environment had changed enough in Legacy since it was initially banned to be safe to unban it.
Will it be a powerhouse by itself? Or will another previously-ignored card bring Time Spiral to dominance once again? Find out, starting January 1st.
As for the other formats, no changes.
Enjoy planning your new Legacy decks!