Jace, The Mind Sculptor and Stoneforge Mystic: Banned in Standard

Shall I wave goodbye to my deck now? I was using Stoneforge Mystic ever since and just when I’m about to try blue decks, JTMS got banned as well. 🙁 Seems that, control decks aren’t really meant for me.

My boyfriend and I have 5 Stoneforge Mystic and a set of Jace, The Mind Sculptor. Who won’t get upset?

JTMS SFM Banned In Standard

JTMS SFM Banned In Standard

And with Aaron Forsythe‘s softskills, I don’t know what to feel. Consoling with a win-back strategy:

Believe me, it’s a good problem to have, people playing your game in record numbers. I just want to point out that we’re in uncharted waters now. We’ll do what we can to keep things interesting in the current system, but who knows what limitations any given iteration of Standard has in this new world? All I ask is that, should it be necessary, you remain as tolerant of formats’ shortcomings in the coming years as you were for the past few months, and trust that we’re working on ways to keep the game as fresh and dynamic and engaging as we can.

I’m buoyed by the fact that even if one expression of Magic begins to fatigue, as Standard has recently, there are still many other fun ways to engage the game, whether through Limited play, other Constructed formats like Legacy and Block Constructed, casual formats like Commander, and video games like Duels of the Planeswalkers. We work hard on all of those things, because we want you to have options as consumers, but also because we enjoy them ourselves. Again, having all these formats as fallbacks is no excuse to screw up the most-played one like we did, but problems like the ones we are having now are a big reason why we try to create so many compelling options. I know it is easy to grow angry or annoyed with us when things get out of whack, but I assure you that Magic is and always will be a labor of love.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding.


Reminds me of customer service department.

Obviously, this breaking news ruined my day. Even a  less proficient player has the right to snap, right?

I started playing Magic in the Lorwyn block when I got Bitterblossom from a Morningtide booster pack. Since then, I became active and dedicated magic player but I haven’t achieved anything great yet. This is the first ever banning I’ve witnessed and it’s very disheartening. I don’t know. Maybe because I’m so attached with Stoneforge and can’t believe that JTMS got banned without me using it even once… Oh well, I’ve never been a blue player so what’s with the sudden oh-so-down mood? JTMS won’t hurt my decks, anyway!

MTG Feature Article: Standard Bannings Explained

Surely, I’ll miss Caw-Blade matches! Good food for my Naya deck pre-NPH.