Pioneer: Eight Cards that might break the format in the future
In today's article, I present eight Pioneer cards that are so powerful that it only needs one addition at the wrong time to break the format.
Watchlist, and they break into the following categories: — Cards that have a problematic history in Competitive Magic. — Cards that have powerful and unique effects not easily found in the rest of the format. — Cards that create dangerous game patterns capable of breaking the Metagame with specific support. — Cards that are present in several decks, even among the best decks of the format. — Cards capable of patterning the deckbuilding of different archetypes. — Cards that are naturally broken, but don't have the necessary support or enabler to do so. — Cards that have a history of two-card combos in other formats (including Commander). Today, I've chosen to bring eight cards that, I believe, have the potential to eventually break Pioneer in some way or become over-represented in the Metagame, consequently leading to its ban. However, I strongly emphasize that this article is
not intended to point out that any card should be banned from Pioneer at the present time. The format is currently in a relatively well-diversified state, and despite all the talk we have about Izzet Phoenix or Winota decks, I don't think this is the specific time to be debating bans as it's the beginning of the Innistrad: Crimson Vow season, and we need to take a moment to assess the direct impact the new set will have on the format, as we've seen with the rise of archetypes like Humans recently, and I plan to comment a little more on the current state of Metagame within a few weeks. So keep your pitchforks down, as I am not yet pointing out my particular judgment about Pioneer's health, as this matter demands a more profound analysis and much more grounded in facts and statistics than this exercise proposes. That said, below are eight cards that are currently on my Pioneer
Treasure Cruise / Dig Through Time / Temporal Trespass
Winota, Joiner of Forces
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
don't have the means to do so, because once the format receives the next card combination capable of exiling the entire deck, the creature will again be considered a huge threat to the format and will likely star in yet another problematic archetype in the Metagame. Speaking of exiling decks, Grolnok, the Omnivore is another card that points in a direction where Self-Mill triggered by some mechanic or ability can add even more consistency to casting Thassa's Oracle, though I believe that a three-card combo of this nature would not be enough, and the best option is to just combine the wincondition with an enabler. Therefore, I believe that it will take no less than to print a mechanic or card that could be abused to quickly exile your own deck to take Thassa's Oracle straight to the format's banned list.
Fires of Invention