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[Update]: Two weeks after the previous ban, MTG Arena has now thrown out the dreaded Omnath.

If you've returned to MTG Arena for the Zendikar Rising set like I have, you've most likely noticed that Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath seems to be present in just about every single deck you face in the ranked mode. Tournaments aren't free of his tyranny either, as the vast majority of competitive decks are running the exact same core: Uro, Omnath and Lotus Cobra. Needless to say, there's a bit of a problem here!

With that in mind, I am very happy to say that Uro has now finally been banned from Standard play. Any copies you owned will still remain fully playable in Historic modes, and more importantly, you will also receive a mythic wildcard for each copy you had when the ban took effect. So if you were wise enough to craft a playset of Uros in anticipation of this ban, congratulations as you've just scored yourself a few copies of an immensely powerful mythic card for free!

"It’s unusual for us to make a change this early into the season, but in this case we’re targeting a card that has shown signs of being problematic in the past and which continued to display its dominance during events this past weekend," reads the brief announcement. "Additionally, the speed at which high-level digital play attacks new formats, particularly when digital play is the only high-level play available, means that metagames advance past the early stages far faster than they used to."

"However, we've certainly noted this weekend's strong results for the Four-Color Omnath deck and will continue to watch how that strategy and the overall metagame adjust in the coming weeks. Changes to other formats, if needed, will be included in future updates."

While I appreciate no longer having to endure Uro shouting at me every match, I don't think this is going to be enough to stop the currently dominant ramp strategies. Uro was an amazing tool for these decks, absolutely, but Omnath is still a massive powerhouse that can pretty much burn through your entire deck within a single turn. So as much as I'd like the Standard meta to settle into something more interesting, I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more four-color ramp until the next set of bans.

Whatever the case may be, you can keep an eye on any further announcements over at the official website.