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This week saw a big Banned and Restricted Announcement for Modern, and so we spend a lot of the news section talking about what effect we think this is going to have on the format, was this set of bannings enough to get Modern out of the funk its been in for a while now? We talk it over. We also have a look at what decks may be good early in standard based on what we have seen so far.

News: 1:30
Deep dive: 54:30

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Intro and Outro Music: Bit Quest by Kevin Macleod
News Theme: NewsSting by Kevin Macleod
Art: Mox Opal by Volkan Baga, Mycosynth Lattice by Anthony S. Waters, Oko, Thief of Crowns by Yongjae Choi.

About Standard Intelligence:

Standard Intelligence is a podcast focussing on the standard competitive metagame in the UK&I. Its aim is to let you know which decks are doing well, decks that may be advantageous to play, and technology for you to use against the likely decks at your next standard event. The show is hosted by WPNQ grinders Jack Patten and Jonathan Partridge. Jonathan has been playing Magic since Theros and has a love of all things Green midrange, preferably with Courser of Kruphix. In the real world, Jonathan is a father, partner and project manager and hopes to get more involved magic coverage. Jack originally learned magic from a VHS tape in 1999, but only really started playing during Dragons of Tarkir. As a muggle, Jack will claim he is “The most overqualified house-husband in the world” having recently completed his PhD in Physics.