http://www.wizards.com/dci/announce.asp?dci20000901a DCI Banned and Restricted List Announcement Announcement Date: September 1, 2000 Effective Date: October 1, 2000 Type 1 Channel is restricted (unbanned) Demonic Consultation is restricted Mind Twist is restricted (unbanned) Necropotence is restricted Type 1.5 (All cards on the Type 1 Banned and Restricted Lists are banned in Type 1.5) Demonic Consultation is banned Necropotence is banned Explanation of Banned and Restricted List Changes Type 1 and 1.5 Restrictions Necropotence Over the past 3 years, this card has become more and more dominant in the Type 1 format. While many more powerful cards have slowly become restricted, this card remained as the preeminent card drawing engine. Quite simply, the swing this card introduces to the game is on par with several cards that are already restricted. Demonic Consultation In a format where all the other "tutor" cards are restricted (Demonic, Enlightened, Mystical, etc.), Demonic Consultation stood out as a powerhouse. Especially, since Demonic Consultation was arguably more powerful than many of those other tutors. Unbannings Keep in mind that we are constantly monitoring all tournament formats, and trying to maintain as many viable deck archetypes (and thus as many cards) as possible. Mind Twist and Channel When these cards were first banned in 1995, Magic: the Gathering was a different game than it is now. In spite of the many cards that have been restricted, the speed of Type 1 has steadily increased over the years. This increase in speed is the result of the thousands of cards that have been added to Type 1 since Channel and Mind Twist were banned. In fact, Type 1 is fast enough now that these cards, while still powerful, no longer unbalance the game as they once did. ------------------------------------------------ What the heck were they smoking?!?! No Trix is fine, but no Necropotence?!?! I really think this one might be ridiculous already. Type I, IMHO, is already ridiculous since it has commons like Crop Rotation and Lotus Petal restricted!