Ban list for commander

I don't see any announcement for Trade Secrets. Why has it been banned? Is there any mention of this card from Wizards, a card they made specifically for Commander?

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    Trade Secrets was not made specifically for Commander. TS was originally printed in Onslaught. – Brian S Nov 15 '13 at 20:06

Commander/EDH is a community-moderated format. Its banned list is not managed by Wizards of the Coast or the DCI. Official announcements from the EDH Rules Committee an be found on mtgcommander.net.

In this case, the April 2013 banned list announcement explains (emphasis added):

Trade Secrets is much like Limited Resources in that has some issues in a multiplayer environment. It isn't a problem when one player draws four cards and another draws eight. Trade Secrets is a problem when both players decide to draw 80 cards and effectively turn a four-player game into a two-player game. It just doesn't add enough to the format to justify the games that it single-handedly ruins.

Duel Commander, also known as "French" 1-on-1 EDH, has a separate rules committee and banned list. You can find their official postings on duelcommander.com. Trade Secrets isn't banned in Duel Commander, since it's not a problem outside multiplayer formats.

  • I was just about to post the fact that EDH isn't WotC moderated. I think this is an important point when it comes to the ban list. – SocioMatt May 3 '13 at 19:02

It breaks multiplayer commander.

Two players in cahoots draw as many cards as they wish (including Reliquary Tower, or some other way to extend their max hand size).

There are other things, but I believe this is the primary reason.

  • I agree. I think this card was too "chummy" and was causing severe unfunness when two players worked together to beat the rest of the table. Plus it was played in every blue deck just because of how good the draw was. – SocioMatt May 3 '13 at 18:45

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