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Here is the official ruling on that topic: Shirei’s ability only triggers if the creature’s power immediately before leaving the battlefield is 1 or less, regardless of its power in your graveyard.

March 11, 2019 11:31 a.m.

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I'd say there are two primary reasons why it is banned, neither of which are all that compelling individually, but when combined, make some sense. First, there is the uniqueness of the card - as a utility land it is the only one of its kind to allow a free conditional card draw without a drawback - card draw being a powerful effect, but obviously not game-breaking. Second, there is the scarcity of the card as a reserved-list card from a very limited set, so considering its eligibility for any commander build due to the colorless nature, the lack of availability in any significant quantity makes it a very challenging optimization choice for most players, even without considering the monetary cost (which would rise dramatically if unbanned), which tends to turn off most non-cEDH players. As a result, you end up with an incredibly expensive and rare card with only modest optimization value to any given deck that can't break the effect via combo(s). I'd compare it to the ABU moxen in commander, which are also banned - their deck value is pretty clear, but they aren't going to be game-breaking by themselves. Nevertheless, considering both scarcity and value (value being both monetary and optimization) there is little need to unban them in the format, at least in my estimation.

March 7, 2019 1:51 a.m.

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