MTG Standard Ban Leak Faked, WOTC Confirms

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The Reddit leak that supposedly revealed the cards slated to be banned in Magic: The Gathering's Standard format next week has been confirmed fake by members of Wizards of the Coast, the company that produces Magic.

Standard is a popular Magic format that uses only the most recent card sets in its play pool. Standard is designed for new players who can easily jump in without much familiarity with the rest of Magic's history, but is also enjoyed at a competitive level as well.

According to Blake Rasmussen, the Senior Communications Manager for WOTC, the list of leaked cards is inaccurate. This was confirmed on WeeklyMTG, Rasmussen's Twitch show, in a clip osted on Reddit. The original Reddit post containing the "leak" was circulated last night and claimed a number of currently overpowered cards in Standard, like Reckoner Bankbuster and Fable of the Mirror Breaker, would be banned.

While some spoke to the veracity of the leak, others noted inconsistencies in the leak's writing style and some odd ban choices.

That's not to say the leak is totally bogus: Eagle-eyed fans noticed when alternate card styles for both Bankbuster and Fable mysteriously disappeared from the slate of Daily Deals on May 22, leading some to believe they were removed to discourage players from wasting Gold and Gems to acquire cosmetics for cards about to be banned.