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Magic: The Gathering (MTG) Standard Banned and Restricted Cards

Name every card that was ever banned or restricted in the Magic: The Gathering Standard format. The concept of the Standard format was first created in 1995, and it inherited the Banned and Restricted list from Vintage at the time, so any cards banned/restricted before 1995 will be considered to be banned/restricted in 1995. 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. Cards which were restricted and then banned before 1997 are included in both categories. At the start of 1997, all currently restricted cards became banned, and this overlap will not be included to keep the page a bit smaller.
I am not including any cards with the ante mechanic.
The * indicates that the card was later either unrestricted or unbanned.
Cards restricted due to the original legendary rule will not be included on the list.
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Restricted
1995
creature that prevents your life from dropping below 1.
Ali from Cairo
1995
1 mana to draw three cards.
Ancestral Recall
1995
cast only before combat damage. give a creature +x power where x is it's power. destroy the creature at the next end step.
Berserk
1995
free artifact that you can sac to get 3 mana of any 1 color.
Black Lotus
1995
XUU draw X cards.
Braingeyser
1995
pay x mana and tap this artifact to untap x lands.
Candelabra of Tawnos
1995
sorcery that lets you pay life instead of colorless mana this turn.
Channel
1995
flip this artifact onto the table, and any permanents that it touches get destroyed.
Chaos Orb
1995
this enchantment enters as a copy of any artifact on the battlefield except it's also an enchantment.
Copy Artifact
1995
2 mana search your deck for any card and put it into your hand.
Demonic Tutor
1995
flip this sorcery onto the table, and deal 3 damage to any permanent it touches.
Falling Star
1995*
exile this artifact to shuffle your graveyard back into your deck.
Feldon's Cane
1995
at the beginning of your upkeep gain X life where X is the number of cards in your hand minus 4.
Ivory Tower
1995
If you have exactly 7 cards in hand, you can tap this land to draw a card.
Library of Alexandria
1995
tap this land to untap an attacking creature and remove it from combat.
Maze of Ith
1995
XB target player discards X random cards.
Mind Twist
1995
sac this artifact to swap life totals with your opponent.
Mirror Universe
1995
tap this land to add 3 colorless mana which can only be used to cast artifact spells.
Mishra's Workshop
1995
free artifact that taps for W.
Mox Pearl
1995
free artifact that taps for U.
Mox Sapphire
1995
free artifact that taps for B.
Mox Jet
1995
free artifact that taps for R.
Mox Ruby
1995
free artifact that taps for G.
Mox Emerald
1995*
XXU discard X cards, and then return X cards from your graveyard to your hand.
Recall
1995
return a card from your graveyard to your hand.
Regrowth
1995
1 mana artifact that taps for 2 colorless mana.
Sol Ring
1995
tap and exile this artifact to exile any number of creatures you control and then deal X damage to any target where X was those creatures total power.
Sword of the Ages
1995
both players shuffle their graveyard, hand, and library together and then draw 7 cards.
Time Twister
1995
1U: take an extra turn.
Time Walk
1995
both players discard their hands and then draw 7 cards.
Wheel of Fortune
1995
Whenever an opponent draws a card, deal 1 damage to that player.
Underworld Dreams
1995
determine which player has the fewest creatures, lands, and cards in hand. then each other player sacrifices creatures and lands, and discards cards until they have the same number.
Balance
1995
free artifact. sac a land: gain 2 life.
Zuran Orb
1996
choose a player. at the beginning of that players upkeep, they lose 4 life minus the number of cards in their hand.
Black Vise
1996
at the beginning of your upkeep, if a player controls more lands than you, you may search your deck for up to 3 basic lands and put them into your hand.
Land Tax
1996
target player discards 2 random cards.
Hymn to Tourach
1996
sac this land to destroy any target land.
Strip Mine
Banned
1995
play a new game within the game using your current library. whoever loses this game loses half of their life in the main game.
Shahrazad
1995
an artifact which can be tapped to take an extra turn. doesn't untap normally.
Time Vault
1995
enters the battlefield with two counters on it. at the beginning of your upkeep remove a counter. when it has no counters on it, the game ends in a draw.
Divine Intervention
1995
sorcery that lets you pay life instead of colorless mana this turn.
Channel
1996
BX target player discards X random cards.
Mind Twist
1997
free artifact. sac a land: gain 2 life.
Zuran Orb
1998
land that taps for a U for each artifact you control.
Tolarian Academy
1998
each player discards their hand and then draws cards equal to the greatest number discarded by a player this way.
Windfall
1999
instead of paying the cost for a spell, you may discard a card of the same color as the spell.
Dream Halls
1999
tap an untapped creature you control to untap a land.
Earthcraft
1999
cycling abilities you control cost 2 colorless less
Fluctuator
1999
free artifact. sac: add 1 mana of any color to your mana pool
Lotus Petal
1999
sac a creature and return this enchantment to your hand: return target creature from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Recurring Nightmare
1999
6 mana, exile this card as it resolves. each player shuffles their graveyard and hand into their library, then you untap up to 6 lands.
Time Spiral
1999
sacrifice this artifact to have all players exile their hands and draw 7 cards, then at the end of the turn they discard their hand and put return their old hand from exile.
Memory Jar
1999
discard a card to untap a creature, artifact, or land.
Mind Over Matter
2004
equip this to a creature and it gets +1 power and -1 toughness. if the creature dies, draw 2 cards.
Skullclamp
2005
modular 1 creature. sac an artifact to put a +1/+1 counter on this.
Arcbound Ravager
2005
whenever an artifact goes to the graveyard from the battlefield, target opponent loses 1 life.
Disciple of the Vault
2005
indestructible colorless artifact land
Darksteel Citadel
2005
white artifact land
Ancient Den
2005
blue artifact land
Seat of the Synod
2005
black artifact land
Vault of Whispers
2005
red artifact land
Great Furnace
2005
green artifact land
Tree of Tales
2011
planeswalker who has 4 abilites and can take over a game if left alone
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2011
creature which searches your deck for an equipment and can then put equipment onto the battlefield for 2 mana
Stoneforge Mystic
2017
big creature that's cost is reduced by card types in your graveyard. when cast, you take control of your opponents next turn, then they get an extra turn.
Emrakul, the Promised End
2017
cheap and powerful vehicle that loots when it attacks
Smuggler's Copter
2017
creature that upon etb returns a creature to an opponents hand, and that player cannot cast spells with that name next turn.
Reflector Mage
2017
creature that can blink any permanent you control.
Felidar Guardian
2017
whenever a permanent you control dies, you get an energy. spend 6 energy to look at the top 6 cards and cast one of them for free.
Aetherworks Marvel
2018
search your deck for a basic land and put it into your hand, then gain 2 energy.
Attune with Aether
2018
when this creature etbs, draw a card and gain 2 energy.
Rogue Refiner
2018
pay 4 and tap this land plus sacrifice a desert to do 2 damage to any target.
Ramunap Ruins
2018*(unbanned in paper but not Arena)
dinosaur that prevents players from gaining life, and deals 1 damage to a player whenever a creature etb's under their control.
Rampaging Ferocidon
2019
if you have 7 lands with different names, landfall causes you to make a 2/2 zombie token.
Field of the Dead
2019
3 mana planeswalker that makes food and turns things into elk.
Oko, Thief of Crowns
2019
if it's the first spell you cast this game, it's free. look at the top 5 cards and choose a creature or land from among them.
Once Upon a Time
2019
you and permanents you control gain protection from blue and black until end of turn. spells you control can't be countered. draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn.
Veil of Summer
2020
when this creature etb's you steal an opponents permanent.
Agent of Treachery
2020
you can only cast 2 spells per turn, and only on your turn. you can cast spells for free if their cmc is less than or equal to the number of lands you control
Fires of Invention
2020
when this creature etb's you gain a life and each opponent loses a life. sac a food to bring this back from the graveyard.
Cauldron Familiar
2020
instant. draw a card, then you can put a land from your hand onto the battlefield.
Growth Spiral
2020
3 mana planeswalker that prevents opponents from casting spells outside of sorcery speed.
Teferi, Time Raveler
2020
at the end of your turn, untap all lands you control.
Wilderness Reclamation
2020
when this creature etb's, you draw a card, gain 3 life, and may put a land from your hand onto the battlefield, then sac it unless it escaped.
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
2020
exile the top 5 cards of your deck: you can play them until next turn, and you can play an extra land this turn.
Escape to the Wilds
2020
copy each adventure instant or sorcery that you cast.
Lucky Clover
2020
creature that gives you big value for the first 3 land drops of your turn
Omnath, Locus of Creation
2022
take an extra turn after this one, and make 2 bird tokens.
Alrund's Epiphany
2022
return a permanent or a spell on the stack with cmc 1 or greater to it's owner's hand, and learn.
Divide by Zero
2022
tap 3 snow lands to turn this land into a 4/3 shapeshifter with vigilance until end of turn.
Faceless Haven
2022
XBB all creatures get -x/-x until end of turn. when creatures you control die, each opponent loses 1 life. when creatures your opponents control die, you gain a life.
The Meathook Massacre
2023
saga that makes a goblin, lets you rummage up to 2 cards, and then turns into a creature that can copy your non-legendary creatures.
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
2023
target opponent sacs a creature, planeswalker, and enchantment. for each permanent type that they don't have, you draw a card and they lose 2 life.
Invoke Despair
2023
vehicle that can tap to draw a card up to 3 times, and after doing this 3 times, it makes a pilot token
Reckoner bankbuster
2 Comments
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Level 49
Feb 28, 2024
Missing Omnath, Locus of creation. Other than that great quiz!
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Level 57
Mar 7, 2024
Oops, I missed that whole announcement, so I just added it and two other cards ;) Thanks!