Timeline of DCI bans and restrictions

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The DCI announces bans and restrictions of cards for their sanctioned formats with the release of new sets, as they take effect when the new sets becomes legal in formats.[1] Previously, such announcements were made around the 20th of a month every three months, with these changes taking effect on the 1st of the following month.[2] Currently the announcement will be made 5 weeks after each Pro Tour (in normal cases, Monday). The following is a list of these announcements and their changes in chronological order. Formats which are not mentioned have seen no changes made to them in the respective announcements.

1994[edit | edit source]

The concept of formats doesn't yet exist as of this time. Vintage (Type 1) and Standard (Type 2) will be introduced in 1995.

January 25th[edit | edit source]

Formation of the original DCI banned/restricted list.[3][4] Ali from Cairo, Ancestral Recall, Berserk, Black Lotus, Braingeyser, Dingus Egg, Gauntlet of Might, Icy Manipulator, Mox Emerald, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Orcish Oriflamme, Rukh Egg, Sol Ring, Timetwister, Time Vault, and Time Walk are restricted ("Limited"). Ante cards and Shahrazad are banned.[5][6][7] Use of cards from any of the expansion sets (at that time Arabian Nights) are banned unless the referee consents to their use (this would later be changed to allowed "unless expressly disallowed by the Judge prior to the event").[8]

February 23rd[edit | edit source]

Orcish Oriflamme and Rukh Egg are unrestricted.[9]

March 23rd[edit | edit source]

Channel, Copy Artifact, Demonic Tutor, Regrowth and Wheel of Fortune are restricted. Icy Manipulator is unrestricted. Time Vault is banned.[10]

May[edit | edit source]

Candelabra of Tawnos, Feldon's Cane, Ivory Tower and Library of Alexandria are restricted. Dingus Egg and Gauntlet of Might are unrestricted.[11]

June 13th[edit | edit source]

Mishra's Workshop is restricted.[12]

August[edit | edit source]

Chaos Orb, Falling Star, Mind Twist, Mirror Universe, Recall, Sword of the Ages, Underworld Dreams are restricted. For flavor reasons, all Legendary cards (of type "Summon Legends" -then called Legends- or "Legendary Land") were restricted. Divine Intervention is banned.[13]

October 10th[edit | edit source]

Maze of Ith is restricted.[14]

1995[edit | edit source]

Creation of Standard (then called "Type 2") on January 10th, inheriting banned and restricted lists from Vintage. Legal standard expansions are then the most current basic set (Revised Edition at the time) and the latest 2 Magic expansions only (The Dark and Fallen Empires). Unlike in Vintage the Judge cannot ban cards from any such legal expansion.[15]

April 19th[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

November[edit | edit source]

1996[edit | edit source]

February[edit | edit source]

April[edit | edit source]

Card Errata[edit | edit source]

  • Time Vault now adds a time counter to itself when a turn is skipped for its cost. Taking an extra turn requires the removal of a time counter.

May[edit | edit source]

Legacy is created (then called Type 1.5). "Type I.5 tournament decks may be constructed from Magic: The Gathering cards from the Limited (first edition, with black border) series, the Unlimited (second edition), Revised (third edition), Fourth Edition, any Magic: The Gathering expansion (unless expressly disallowed by the Judge prior to the event), and promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast in magazines or through books." There are no restricted cards. The list of banned cards is the sum of all cards that are either restricted or banned in Vintage or Standard.[21]

July[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

1997[edit | edit source]

January[edit | edit source]

  • Standard: new deck construction rules. New editions of the Basic Set replace old versions and are permitted in Standard play 30 days after the release date of the new edition. New stand-alone expansions (e.g. Ice Age, Mirage) replace previous stand-alone expansions and are permitted in Standard play 30 days after the release date of the new edition. Limited-edition expansions are replaced 30 days after the release date of the next limited-edition expansion which has a release date of more than 10 months later than the release date of the outgoing limited-edition expansion.[27]
  • Standard: All cards on the restricted list are moved to the banned list.[28]

May[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

July[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

1998[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

1999[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

Card Errata[edit | edit source]

  • The errata issued for the “free” creatures (“When <this permanent> comes into play, if you played it from your hand, …”) applies to two additional cards: Karmic Guide and Treachery.

August 1st[edit | edit source]

Card Errata[edit | edit source]

  • Iridescent Drake receives the same erratum as the "free" creatures. It should read, "When Iridescent Drake comes into play, if you played it from your hand, return target enchant creature card from a graveyard to play enchanting Iridescent Drake. (You control that enchantment.)"
  • Lion's Eye Diamond should read, "Sacrifice Lion's Eye Diamond, Discard your hand: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool. Play this ability as an instant." This erratum causes Lion's Eye Diamond to function as it did under Fifth Edition rules.
  • Lotus Vale should read, "When Lotus Vale comes into play, you may sacrifice two untapped lands. If you don't, sacrifice Lotus Vale. If you do, Lotus Vale gains 'T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.'" This erratum causes Lotus Vale to function as it did under Fifth Edition rules; you can't tap it for mana without first sacrificing two untapped lands.
  • Scorched Ruins should read, "When Scorched Ruins comes into play, you may sacrifice two untapped lands. If you don't, sacrifice Scorched Ruins. If you do, Scorched Ruins gains 'T: Add four colorless mana to your mana pool.'" This erratum causes Scorched Ruins to function as it did under Fifth Edition rules; you can't tap it for mana without first sacrificing two untapped lands.

September[edit | edit source]

2000[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

2001[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

2002[edit | edit source]

No changes were made during the year.

2003[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

2004[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

2005[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

  • No changes in any non-online format.[53]

September[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

  • No changes in any non-online format.[55]

2006[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

  • No changes to non-online formats.[57]

September[edit | edit source]

  • No changes in any format.[58]

December[edit | edit source]

  • No changes in any non-online format.[59]

2007[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • No changes to non-online formats[60]

June[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

  • No changes in any non-online format.[63]

2008[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

  • Announcement schedule moved from the 1st of every 3rd month to the 20th of every 3rd month.
  • No changes in any non-online format. [67]

2009[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • No changes except for online formats.[68]

June[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

  • No changes in any non-online format.[71]

2010[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • No changes to any format.[72]

June[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

August[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

December[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]

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September[edit | edit source]

2013[edit | edit source]

January[edit | edit source]

May[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

2014[edit | edit source]

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June[edit | edit source]

2015[edit | edit source]

January[edit | edit source]

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September[edit | edit source]

2016[edit | edit source]

  • Modification of Magic Tournament Rules: The 34 cards that play with ante or have the Conspiracy card type (both banned in all Constructed/Eternal Format) are simplified into two entries in respective ban lists.

January[edit | edit source]

April[edit | edit source]

November[edit | edit source]

2017[edit | edit source]

  • Announcement schedule changed to Monday following each expansion's prerelease event as well as fifth Monday after the Pro Tour of respective expansion.[94] The schedule was scaled back in June 2017, so that banlist changes will no longer occur right after prerelease.[95]

January[edit | edit source]

April[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

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