Winota, Joiner Of Forces And Tibalt’s Trickery Banned In Explorer On MTG Arena

Check out the updates and new events coming soon to MTG Arena.

Winota, Joiner of Forces
Winota, Joiner of Forces, illustrated by Magali Villeneuve

Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has released their weekly MTG Arena update that includes details on Explorer bans, upcoming events, and more.

Winota, Joiner of Forcers and Tibalt’s Trickery Banned In Explorer

In a surprise Banned & Restricted announcement, WotC banned Winota, Joiner of Forces and Tibalt’s Trickery in Explorer just two weeks after the launch of the format on MTG Arena.

Winota, Joiner of Forces Tibalt's Trickery

Donald Smith and Andy Clautice cited an “extreme amount of play and high win rates across Explorer game modes” for the Winota banning. Winota decks have been a staple in Pioneer and were quick to port over to Explorer. The announcement said the deck can present too large a battlefield presence for unprepared opponents.

Tibalt’s Trickery, on the other hand, is getting the axe due to creating “extremely negative experiences” to play against and growing play rates, though no mention of win rates appeared in the article. Combo decks utilizing the two-mana spell don’t offer opponent’s enough time to have meaningful interaction, so the card is being banned.

Players who have not already received wild card reimbursements for these cards in prior formats will get wild cards back after tomorrow’s client update. Notably, Winota will be unbanned when Explorer shifts to Pioneer, assuming the card is still legal in Pioneer at that time. More details on the B&R update can be found here.

Arena Open Set For This Weekend

The next Arena Open will feature Streets of New Capenna limited this weekend. Day 1 is Saturday and will be Sealed and offer Best-Of-One and Best-Of-Three play options. Players receive a Urabrask, Heretic Praetor card style for entering and can enter Day 1 as many times as they wish.

Day 2 will feature Streets of New Capenna draft. Entry fee costs 25,000 gold or 5,000 gems. Get full details on the Arena Open here.

Rise of the Five Families Festival Starts Tomorrow

Five special events celebrating each family from Streets of New Capenna will start on May 12 and run through June 2, allowing players to earn golden age showcase card styles and other prizes. Each event will use Best-Of-One Alchemy Singleton with a twist via a new emblem for each event. Entry fee for each event is 2,500 gold or 500 gems. The first two events have been previewed so far.

Rise of the Maestros, May 12-15

Players will have an emblem that reads, “Once during each of your turns, you may cast an instant or sorcery spell from your graveyard by sacrificing a creature in addition to paying its other costs. If a spell cast this way would be put into your graveyard, exile it instead.”

Card styles available to earn include:

  • Glamorous Outlaw
  • Corpse Appraiser
  • Cormela, Glamour Thief
  • Hostile Takeover
  • Maestros Ascendancy

Rise of the Obscura, May 15-18

Players will have an emblem that reads, “Whenever you attack, target attacking creature connives.”

Card styles available to earn include:

  • Shattered Seraph
  • Nimble Larcenist
  • Queza, Augur of Agonies
  • Void Rend
  • Obscura Ascendancy

Event Schedule

Midweek Magic

  • May 10-12: Standard
  • May 17-19: Artisan
  • May 24-26: On the Edge
  • May 31-June 2: Historic Pauper
  • June 7-9: Future Precons

Quick Draft

  • April 29 – May 13: Kaldheim
  • May 13-27: Streets of New Capenna
  • May 27-June 10: Strixhaven: School of Mages
  • June 10-June 24: Streets of New Capenna
  • June 24-July 8: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
  • July 8-22: Innistrad: Crimson Vow

Other Events

  • April 28 – May 20: Sealed Streets of New Capenna
  • May 12-June 2: Rise of the Five Families Festival
  • May 14-15: Limited (Streets of New Capenna) Arena Open
  • May 20-23: Streets of New Capenna Constructed
  • May 21-22: Streets of New Capenna Phantom Sealed Event
  • May 27-30: Standard Metagame Challenge

Read the original article from WotC.