MTGO Commander 1v1 Banned List Update

July 5th, 2017

Effective Date: July 5, 2017 (with the downtime)

Next Announcement Date: August 28, 2017

Painter’s Servant

Vial Smasher the Fierce is banned
Ponder is banned.
Preordain is banned.
Brainstorm is banned.
Treachery is banned.

Biorhythm is unbanned.
Limited Resources is unbanned.
Painter’s Servant is unbanned.
Trade Secrets is unbanned.


  • Derek Niles

    lol mtgo commander seems Super stable right now. And why haven’t they banned Emrakul yet? Do they enjoy their entire meta being Baral decks with polymorph cards?

    • ManaTheDestroyer

      Aeons Torn is banned in EDH, or do you mean Promised End?

      • Derek Niles

        Aeons Torn, and its currently legal on MTG online

        • Ali Gokturk

          Aeons Torn should be banned in every format. Its like a sorcery that costs 15 which says ‘ Cant be countered. Roll a 20 sided dice. If you get greater than 1, you win the game’

          • DJ Pad

            Why would you ban it in legacy and modern? It’s not exactly destroying the meta.

          • Ali Gokturk

            It’s not about destroying the meta or being too powerful. I just think that a single card that almost ensures victory when you cast it is boring. Its like a single card combo.

          • DJ Pad

            If you CAST it, then you deserve to win. It’s not like getting to 15 mana is easy and is as at least as legitimate a strategy as drawing 7 burn spells. There are plenty of answers to him if you try.

            Besides there are plenty of cards that “practically” win the game when you cast them in magic.

          • Nharzhool

            Why do you deserve it? It’s OmniTell into Emrakul. All that kinda stuff is very boring.

          • DJ Pad

            because it’s a 3 card combo, and that’s an acceptably hard enough way to win a game in legacy or a 100-card singleton format

      • Bobio

        He means French edh where emrakul is not banned

  • Kitnz

    What. Brainstorm, Ponder, and Preordain?! I’m glad I stick to multiplayer EDH.

  • Giby86 .

    Hahahaha. 1v1 commander. Mahahahahah. You people deserve to lose money and suffer.

    • Zombie

      My sentiments exactly.

      Wizards is just going to run this format into the ground.

      • Giby86 .

        That’s not necessarily a bad thing. 1v1 Commander is an abomination in principle.

  • Blahblahblahbla

    Scry 2, draw a card at sorcery speed is too strong in a 100 card singleton format, but not Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Makes sense..

    • ManaTheDestroyer

      Aeons Torn is banned in EDH

      • Derek Niles

        (Replied on my comment as well) she’s legal on MTGO

      • Zombie

        This is the 1v1 online ban list.

        Aeons Torn is banned in Multiplayer EDH.

  • Bige Boiy

    so many people giving their opinions not even knowing the banlist

    • Derek Niles

      how so?

  • Tavis Carrillo

    Really? Ponder, Preordain, And brainstorm Banned as one of’s? I Will never, repeat NEVER take part in 1v1 commander

  • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

    I don’t know why people bother with MTGO when Xmage is a thing.

    • Giby86 .

      Want me to explain it to you?

      • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

        Sure.

        • Giby86 .

          Because MTGO is officially supported by Wizards? Because it has a playerbase? Because you get real benefits, like invites to the top tournaments or physical copies of your cards? Because Xmage is an unplayable garbage even worse than MTGO? Because it’s not supported by anyone and anything whose support you care about? Because there are better options anyway if you want to just play some Magic on your computer?

          • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

            Except Xmage has a player base and I don’t care about tournaments. “Unplayable garbage” how? I’ve never noticed any crashes or major bugs that make it unplayable.

          • Giby86 .

            The question was “why people bother”, wasn’t it. That’s why people bother. If YOU don’t care about it hey, do you boo. I don’t play MTGO all that much myself, but since you didn’t get the appeal, I explained it to you. I hope it’s clear now.

          • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

            Yes and I understand that. But it seemed you were speaking with much biased dislike for Xmage. Especially the comment “Unplayable Garbage”.

          • Giby86 .

            Oh. Well yes. But I have as much biased dislike for MTGO.

    • Shagoth

      Xmage doesn’t even work on my mac, the deck files don’t save

      • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

        Get a PC.

        • Shagoth

          I will when I can.

          • ConDucktor Whirl Crate God

            Selling the Mac is a good place to start.

  • Zombie

    Whoever’s in charge of the 1v1 Commander ban list doesn’t deserve a job

    Did you really just unban Painter’s Servant?

    Did you just ban Ponder, Preordain, and Brainstorm instead of tutors?

    TREACHERY is banned???

    It’s a good thing I never got into this format on MTGO.

    • Pie Pie

      Treachery: Basically a 0-mana 2-for1.

      • Zombie

        And 9 times out of 10 the earliest it happens is at Turn 5. Which isn’t a big deal.

    • Murray_is_a_GENIUS

      Servant is the LEAST of this format’s issues. Breya is still unbanned, Gitrog is unbanned, Baral is still unbanned and that’s just commanders. There are still a ton of tutors they can take out of the format as well. Going to make a deck for this format but I’m expecting a ton of non-interactivity, contrary to what Hawley is expecting.

      • Zombie

        My point about Painter’s Servant was more regarding the fact that Servant + Grindstone now exist in a format with almost every single tutor imaginable legal alongside them, as well as that format enabling bonkers color combinations that allow you to perfectly tutor and set up the Painter-Stone combo every game.

        Singleton formats don’t matter when your deck’s win condition is colorless and you can just play 4-5 colors of “Ramp/Tutor/Win Turn 2-3 every single game” because of how redundant tutor effects make a combo like Painter and how pretty much the only two tutors you can’t abuse are Mystical Tutor and Idyllic Tutor.

  • Medeiros Igor

    Vial is banned only as a commander? An what about Yisan, the Wanderer Bard? only as commander?

    • Medeiros Igor

      where is the oficial page for me to ask them directly?

    • Kahai

      This is for online play only.

  • Vizzerdrix

    What a weird ban list, paintwe tbh looking back seems like a mistake for every format but modern. Biorhythym being banned has always made sense, way too easy to abuse, banning can trips? Really is it really that bad? Trade secrets I would be ok with either way. Banning treachery I guess that’s ok, though it seems pretty innocent. Not really sure what the rest of the mtgo ban list looks like but it seems like an interesting format from this list alone