Tuesday, 31 March 2015

04/01/15 Ban List Update (April Fools!)

Update--- March 31, 2015

Banlist changes:


  • True-Name Nemesis (99% win rate when drawn)
  • Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest (Dominant in tournament results) 
  • Steel of the Godhead (Makes Geist of Saint Traft decks too strong)
  • Sensei’s Divining Top (Proven to make games take 26 minutes longer on average)
  • Sword of Vengeance (Everyone wants the Swords banned, might as well start somewhere)
  • Hero’s Blade (Fits in every deck, way too powerful)
  • Bronze Sable (Also fits in every deck, power level similar to Goku’s)
  • Force of Savagery (The concept is too creative for most players to have fun with this card)
  • Custodian of the Trove (Hedonist’s Trove is not legal in this format, so there is nothing for him to be a Custodian of)
  • Gaea’s Cradle (Secondary market concerns, $150 is too much for a single card)
  • Edric, Spymaster of Trest (To really drive home the point)
  • Geist of Saint Traft (“There are no cards that deal with him!”, aka: “Hexproof cards should all be burned because I’m a red player.”)
  • Ridley (Too big for Smash Bros, too big for Tiny Leaders)
  • Emrakul, the Aeons Torn (We wanted to keep Show and Tell in the format)
  • Disdainful Stroke (A counter with no drawbacks for 1U? Busted)
  • Heliod, God of the Sun (Our version of Divine Justice)
  • Jigglypuff – D&P: Great Encounters 72/106 (Stalls gameplay due to being too cute)
  • Storm Crow (Storm Crow)
  • Dublin, Ireland (For having a bigger tournament than Winnipeg in its early days as a format)
  • Blue Eyes White Dragon (Attack mode only)
  • Splinter Twin (We want a healthy tournament environment, and we can’t have this be legal when Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch are in the format) 
  • Hornet Queen (Green creatures shouldn't have flying- this is a failure of the colour pie. Also, bees.)
  • Elastics (Although I suppose they’re band already…)
  • Two-Headed Cerberus (Dogs shouldn't be allowed to have two heads. That’s terrifying!)
  • Cards with the "Hound" subtype (Sorry. I panicked after the Two-Headed Cerberus)
  • Meta Knight (I mean, have you ever played Super Smash Bros. Brawl?)
  • Oblation (Tucking is too powerful for the health of a Commander game)
  • Sydri, Galvanic Genius ("A turtle keeper has never looked so good"- distractingly gorgeous Terese Nielsen Art.)
  • Treasure Cruise (Hopping on the bandwagon like all the cool formats)
  • Puns (Pun-ishable by disqualification)
  • Chimney Imp (No one should have to read this card)
  • Bicycle (Oak’s words echoed… “There is a time and a place for everything! But not now”)
  • The entire Alara Reborn expansion (No one should be allowed to bring these packs to a draft, let alone Tiny Leaders!) 
  • The entire Homelands expansion (You'll thank me later)
  • Phyrexian Obliterator (For being too damn badass – no card should ever be that cool and get away with it) 
  • Islands (Due to popular demand)
  • Liliana, Heretical Healer / Liliana, Defiant Necromancer (“Insta-ban” – the entire Tiny Leaders Fanbase)

Banned as a Commander:

  • Anafenza, the Foremost (Lost in a fist fight against Doran, the Siege Tower in the cafeteria)
  • Norin the Wary (Too many missed triggers in tournaments)
  • Storm Crow (Storm Crow. So good that it goes in both categories)
  • Ezuri, Renegade Leader (Not with a haircut like that, you don’t!)
  • Feldon of the Third Path (Too old, must retire)
  • "Sultai" (The Sultai colours were too popular, a vanilla 2/2 is just too strong)
  • Edric, Spymaster of Trest (Just so there's no confusion- Storm Crow levels of banned.)

Banned Players:

  • Bramwell Tackaberry (Finally)
  • Children ages 12 and under (Since the game only caters to ages 13+, we don’t want any trouble in our tournaments)
  • Trevor Humphries (You know what you did)
  • Ross O’Donovan (God damn it, Ross)
  • Brian Kibler (How dare you be so divine and gorgeous and not tell anyone your secret!)
  • Angry Youtube Commenters (It’s time for you to go outside and reflect on your decisions)
  • Joss Whedon (For not continuing Firefly)


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  • -ing (Pun foul! Penalty: Steven Hamonic is Disqualified from writing this ban list.)


  • Steven Hamonic (Excessive use of puns)
  • Edric, Spymaster of Trest (Edric is just banned.)


  • All Ante and Manual Dexterity Cards, except for the following:
    • Amulet of Quoz
    • Bronze Tablet
    • Chaos Orb
    • Contract from Below
    • Darkpact
    • Demonic Attorney
    • Falling Star
    • Jeweled Bird
    • Rebirth
    • Tempest Efreet
  • Timmerian Fiends
  • Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest (Allows Jeskai to be played in tournaments)
  • Steel of the Godhead (Since we banned Geist of Saint Traft)
  • Descent Into Madness (?????)
  • Sword of Body and Mind (Testing shows it's fiiiiiine, everything's fine!)
  • Oblation (Wait a minute, this is Tiny Leaders!)
  • Progenitus (We needed a five color leader)
  • Left half of B.F.M (Big Furry Monster) (Due to having no CMC) 
  • Sidisi, the Brood Tyrant (She should have been 3cmc anyway)
  • All creatures with subtype “Nephilim” (We wanted to open up deckbuilding options)
  • Belligerent Hatchling (Unleash the dog with bees in its mouth)


  • Ring of Evos Isle (The one ring to rule them all)
  • Cards with the subtype “Elder Dragon” (There can only be one)
  • Card Sleeves (Sleeved decks were too tall for such a tiny format)


Wow, what an update- we've been promising results for a while, and our testing has finally gotten to a point where we can announce these updates! I hope you all have as much fun with the design space we've opened up as we have!

-The Tiny Leaders Testing Team.