Banned and Restricted Update, July 8 2019
Effective from July 12, 2019, the following cards are banned in Modern:
Other formats remain unchanged.
Bridge from Below
Over the past month, a new Modern deck has emerged—"Hogaak Bridgevine," centered around the combination of Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis; Altar Of Dementia; and Bridge from Below. From our data gathered through Magic Online, this deck has shown to have a high overall win rate, fast wins, and few unfavorable matches. It's warped the metagame around itself, forcing other decks to adopt especially high numbers of anti-graveyard cards to keep pace.
Our goal is not to eliminate graveyard strategies from the Modern metagame, but rather to weaken this version of the graveyard combo archetype that has proven too powerful for other decks to reasonably adapt to. In fact, we believe that targeting Bridge from Below specifically will still allow for other strategies in this style to continue to be a part of the metagame, like the Bridge-less Dredge decks that did well earlier this year at Mythic Championship II in London.
While we don't intend on setting a precedent for quickly taking B&R action whenever a successful new deck breaks out, in this case, the situation clearly needed to be addressed. We're looking forward to watching the metagame continue to evolve as we approach Mythic Championship IV in Barcelona on July 26–28, and we hope you'll join us for full coverage of that event.
Based on this, what do you think will show up on the top of the interests tomorrow?
For the full explanation, refer to the official announcement by WotC.