Sword of the Ages?
One of the items that pops out at me when reviewing the recent Timeline of Vintage is that Sword of the Ages spent some time on the Restricted List.
I knew about some of the other dubious members of that list (Dingus Egg for instance), but Sword of the Ages?? During the so-called Creatureless Era? Does anybody have any stories or decklists from that era that motivate the restriction?
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Quoting from Smmenen’s Alternative History of the Banned and Restricted List:
The restriction of Sword of the Ages is inexplicable. According to Beth Moursand, it was restricted because it “allows any creature-heavy deck to do a huge amount of nearly unstoppable damage.” Yet, this was a case of bad timing. As noted above, the Legends expansion ushered in the “creatureless era of Magic,” a hyperbolic description to be sure, but it was nonetheless a metagame where this card was rarely seen. It should not have been restricted.