From a pure individual powerlevel, Ancient Stirrings and Mox Opal do things that are generally "not allowed" in Modern - i.e. very powerful card selection and easy free mana. And as with Faithless Looting, it does not take much for a newly released card to break this card further as they are such efficient engines. That's why they are basically "high profile" cards and I think Jim Davis' statement that Mox Opal is banned in a year is not that insane of a hot take.deimos035 wrote: ↑1 year agoI'm still baffled about AS/Opal talk. How many recent decks with AS were broken? Scales? No evidence of that, Tron? People tend to complain about everytime Tron is good because of meta. Opal was not the reason KCI was banned, so I'm still wondering what makes people think those cards should be banned? Tier 1 is not a safe place, that much is obvious, but neither Tron, nor Scales and not even Opal itself warps the meta (unless wotc will break it with other cards in the future, but it can happen for almost any deck).
That being said, I would be very skeptical of anyone who would argue for a ban of anything at the next banlist update. Modern is just wide open. I'd be willing to make predictions on things like whirza ending up being a top tier deck, and I could see it being too much in the end and getting something banned (and then Opal is a target). I could also see it being completely fine after people start sideboarding more hate for it. I could NOT see trying to defend already wanting bans for anything right now.