Should we ban Arcum's Astrolabe or Ephemerate in Pauper?

Magic: the Gathering

Competitive

Should we ban Arcum's Astrolabe or Ephemerate in Pauper?

The Livestream I did yesterday made me reflect on both Arcum's Astrolabe and Ephemerate. They are strong and changed the format, but are they healthy for the format?

By José, 09/11/19

Yesterday at my livestream on Twitch we discussed a bit on the subject of whether

Arcum's Astrolabe

or

Ephemerate

should be banned or not. It made me reflect on both

Arcum's Astrolabe

and

Ephemerate

. They are strong and changed the format, but are they healthy for the format?
Image content of the Website
Image content of the Website

Ad

The artifact

Arcum's Astrolabe

allowed for a large color variation in the format. Now we have many 3-color decks variants. A few weeks after it was spoiled we realized a relatively healthy format with a large variation of decks, but mostly gaining value within card advantage, and other decks that try to win the game before card advantage can impact the game. The

Arcum's Astrolabe

itself was not so strong, but rather its strong interaction with

Kor Skyfisher

and

Glint Hawk

. I really believe that none of them will be banned as they allow for a greater variation of decks, colors and possibilities. Initially believed in the ban, but this would lower the power level of the format, the best solution is to wait for stronger cards that enable other types of mechanics.

Ephemerate

on the other hand has an absurd power level, this is undeniable. The fact that after the re-cast she goes to the graveyard and not exile is scary: it can work on various deck versions that use cards that bring the graveyard back to the deck or to the hand. It has such a high value that it can make a

Mulldrifter

draw up to 6 cards or

Memonic Wall

fetch several cards from the graveyard including ephemerate itself. Of course his great value is enhanced by the combination of

Glint Hawk

+

Arcum's Astrolabe

+

Ephemerate

. In my regard I believe more in the ban of

Ephemerate

than the

Arcum's Astrolabe

, but their combination brought out 100% of the Skred and it has being dominant in the format. Within the analysis via games and possible combinations, it is possible to ban the

Ephemerate

, but I think

Arcum's Astrolabe

remains in the format for a while. Wizards of the Coast normally prefers to lower the power level of the format by banning every time it makes unbalanced cards, but I will say it again that it is always better to create new strong cards than banning others. The next B&R announcement will be on October 7, 2019. What do you expect from it?

Grade

0

Profile Main Image

José

Biólogo em Ribeirão Preto. Jogador e produtor de conteúdo sobre MTG. Apresentador e colaborador no canal Pauper Academus. Aficionado pelo Pauper. mas me arisco em outros formatos.

Social Twitch Brands icon

User profile image
More comment
Budget Commander - Trelasarra, Moon Dancer

Budget Commander - Trelasarra, Moon Dancer

The purpose of JumpStart: Historic Horizons

The purpose of JumpStart: Historic Horizons

Escape from the planet of Ragavans: Winning the albino monkey in Legacy!

Escape from the planet of Ragavans: Winning the albino monkey in Legacy!

More recent articles

Same Author

Should we ban Arcum's Astrolabe or Ephemerate in Pauper?

Should we ban Arcum's Astrolabe or Ephemerate in Pauper?

More from same author

Your privacy

We use cookies to ensure the functionality of our website, to personalize content and advertising, to provide social media features, and to analyze our traffic. Find out more about cookies reading our Privacy Policy