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Magic: The Gathering (MTG) Commander Ban List

Name every card which is currently banned in the Commander MTG format as of November 2023. Cards are listed in the order that they were banned. Cards banned at the same time are in alphabetical order, unless it's a full cycle which then follows color order. While the format was first made in 1994, and first popularized in 1996, at the time it didn't have an official ban-list. The earliest known banlist is form 2002, but none of the cards banned at that time are still on the list. As such the first proper banlist was in 2005 which is where this ban list will begin.
I am not including any cards with the ante mechanic, the Conspiracy card type, or ones banned for racist depictions.
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Year Banned
Description
Answer
2005
draw three cards for 1 mana
Ancestral Recall
2005
for each type of permanent, determine which player has the fewest of that type, then all players who have more have to sacrifice until they have the same number of that permanent type as that player.
Balance
2005
free artifact that you can sac to add 3 mana of any one color
Black Lotus
2005
each players life total becomes equal to the number of creatures they control
Biorhythm
2005
flip this artifact card onto the table and destroy every permanent that it is touching afterward
Chaos Orb
2005
flip this sorcery card onto the table, then deal 3 damage to each creature that it is touching afterward
Falling Star
2005
if you have exactly 7 cards in hand, you can tap this land to draw a card
Library of Alexandria
2005
free artifact that you can tap to add a W to your mana pool
Mox Pearl
2005
free artifact that you can tap to add a U to your mana pool
Mox Sapphire
2005
free artifact that you can tap to add a B to your mana pool
Mox Jet
2005
free artifact that you can tap to add a R to your mana pool
Mox Ruby
2005
free artifact that you can tap to add a G to your mana pool
Mox Emerald
2005
you can tap this artifact to exile an instant or sorcery from your hand, then at the beginning of your upkeep you can cast that spell for free
Panoptic Mirror
2005
each player shuffles their hand, graveyard, and permanents they control into their library and then draws 7 and their life total becomes 7
Sway of the Stars
2005
sorcery that lets you take an extra turn for 2 mana
Time Walk
2005
return all permanents to their owners hands
Upheaval
2005/2011
play a game within the game and the loser(s) of that game loses half of their life in the main game
Shahrazad
2006
enchantment that lets you pay a life to draw a card
Yawgmoth's Bargain
2007
you win if you control a land of each land type and a creature of each color
Coalition Victory
2007/ 2010/ 2014
tap this creature to add a G mana for each forest you control
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
2008
sac a creature and return this enchantment to hand to return a creature from your graveyard to the battlefield
Recurring Nightmare
2008
when this enters the battlefield, each player sacs lands until they have 5 or less, then no one can play lands if there are 10 or more lands in play
Limited Resources
2008
tap this land to return a legendary creature to its owner's hand
Karakas
Year Banned
Description
Answer
2008
artifact that lets you tap to take an extra turn but doesn't untap normally
Time Vault
2009
sac an artifact to search your deck for an artifact and put it on the battlefield
Tinker
2009/ 2014
at the beginning of each players upkeep, that player sacs either a land, creature, or artifact
Braids, Cabal Minion
2009
search your deck for up to 4 cards then show them to an opponent. that person chooses 2 to put in your graveyard. the rest go to your hand
Gifts Ungiven
2009
you can play as many lands as you want each turn. for each extra land you play this way, you lose one life
Fastbond
2010
tap this land to add a U mana for each artifact you control
Tolarian Academy
2010
during this turn you may pay life to add colorless mana to your mana pool
Channel
2010
this creature can't be countered. if you cast it, you can take an extra turn. protection from colored spells. annihilator 6. if it goes to the graveyard, shuffle your graveyard into your library
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
2011/2014
if 4 spells are cast in a turn flip this. on the flip side: counter the first spell an opponent casts each turn.
Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
2012
when this creature enters or leaves the battlefield: destroy one land of each basic land type
Sundering Titan
2012
big flying lifelink creature. pay 7 life to draw 7 cards
Griselbrand
2012
when this creature etbs or attacks search your deck for 2 lands and put them into play tapped
Primeval Titan
2013
target opponent draws 2 cards then you may draw up to 4 cards. repeat as many times as that opponent chooses
Trade Secrets
2013
when this creature etbs, destroy a non-creature permanent for each opponent, and then search your deck for a forest for each permanent destroyed this way and put them onto the battlefield.
Sylvan Primordial
2016
untap all of your creatures and lands at each players untap step, you my cast spells at instant speed
Prophet of Kruphix
2017
your opponents can only draw one card per turn. when a permanent you control becomes targeted, draw a card.
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
2019
when you cast a spell, untap all nonland permanents you control
Paradox Engine
2019
when this creature etbs choose a color. Your opponents can't cast spells of that color.
Iona, Shield of Emeria
2020
companion which requires only 1 copy of each non-land card in your deck. flash. when it etbs, copy an instant or sorcery you control on the stack.
Lutri, the Spellchaser
2020
instant that lets you put a creature onto the battlefield, but you must pay the creatures mana cost or else you have to sacrifice it.
Flash
2021
if an opponent would draw extra cards, instead you create a treasure token for each card they would draw
Hullbreacher
2021
colorless creature. when it etbs, search your deck for a land and put it in play. If you pay 2WUBRG, you exile the top 3 cards of your deck and can play them without paying mana this turn.
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
2 Comments
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Level 80
Dec 8, 2023
The description still says Legacy, great quiz otherwise!
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Level 57
Dec 10, 2023
Oops, I just copy pasted from my other quiz.. thanks for the catch!