Quote from awesomer phantasm »The Iona ban is absolutely ridiculous. She's so innocuous I was laughing when I read the announcement. I still think Paradox Engine is fine and shouldn't be banned, but at least that card *was* legit broken if you're that kind of player. Banning Iona is just a sign to me that the rules committee has completely lost touch.
One vote of no confidence from me. I think Wizards should take the reins and come up with a ban list that makes at least a *little* bit of sense.
Painter + Iona = lock everyone out.
Iona has already a bad reputation, this hard lock is too much.
Other thing that ppl seems to forget is that rip usually get put right into the game by zur, then tutor for helm and win, in most cases RIP is like in the command zone, so is a less fragile and more easy to assemble combo.
Yes there are some christmas magic land scenarios where you can assemble your two card combo by turn three, as you can flash hulk turn two, one can win the game right there one turn earlier, the other mills just one player a turn later.... if the more hardcore combo isn't banned, why the other should be???