[Update #2]: MTG Arena has banned Tibalt's Trickery and Memory Lapse from the Historic format.

[Update]: MTG Arena is soon adding a bunch of Modern Horizons 1 and 2 cards, alongside 31 brand new ones.

Once the next set arrives in September, four of the currently oldest Standard sets will rotate out of the format. Given that these four sets (Throne of Eldraine, Theros Beyond Death, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Core Set 2021) represent some of the strongest cards currently available in Standard, the upcoming rotation is promising to seriously shake up the metagame.

So in order to give players a chance to prepare for this, MTG Arena has recently introduced a brand new Standard 2022 game mode. However, while it's certainly a lot of fun to play with previously mediocre cards, the format has brought with it one major problem - The Book of Exalted Deeds combo.

Basically, by combining The Book of Exalted Deeds and Faceless Haven it's possible to create a land that states you cannot lose the game and the opponent cannot win the game. And since land destruction in the highly limited Standard 2022 format is basically nonexistent, the combo result in extremely long, tedious and ultimately quite boring games.

With that in mind, it should come as little surprise to hear that Wizards of the Coast has decided to temporarily ban The Book of Exalted Deeds from the Standard 2022 game mode. The book will still be fully available in the normal Standard mode, and it'll most likely get completely unbanned once the next set arrives as it's bound to bring with it some land-based land destruction like Field of Ruin or Ghost Quarter. Until then, however, the Standard 2022 game mode is simply better off without it.

It's also worth mentioning that, unlike the previous bans, this one will not give you any Wildcards back for your trouble. As such, do not craft four copies of The Book of Exalted Deeds in an effort to get them for free, because they only thing you'll end up with is disappointment!

You can read a little bit more about this announcement, as well as keep track of any future updates, over at the MTG website.