Quote from Demonologo Uriel »
And I think this should cover pretty much all the remaining doubts about the matter.
No doubts here, just profound disappointment.
Quote from Lord Seth »I didn't say anything about whether it ruined or didn't ruin Standard. What I said was that the Eldrazi, far from "crapping all over" Standard, were actually bit players...
I thought SBs were an officially endorsed optional rule?
13 Abilities which refer to other cards owned outside the game (Wishes, Spawnsire, Research, Ring of Ma'ruf) do not function in Commander without prior agreement on their scope from the playgroup.
(from mtgcommander.net rules)
The Comprehensive Rules themselves recognize the RC as the ultimate rules authority for the format (see 903.1), so what we find here is the official, definitive word.
The optional rule was an old rule, they change that some years ago. Now sideboards works effectively as house rules, in the same fashion of a customizable banlist (both can't be changed unless the prior agreement of the local playgroup).
If it's a sanctioned event, which I personally feel that EDH should never be, you have to have a recognized SB.
Ruleswise, this is not supported at all currently.
May 19th, 2010: Re-clarified "Wish rule" that wishes may retrieve cards from the sideboard if the optional sideboard rule is in use
Quote from RxPhantom »An unprecedented nine cards have been banned in the last two years. .
Yeah. Was a time when a card banned in Standard would be good enough for play in other formats. Artifact Lands, Skullclamp, MM, Jace, etc.Quote from Arborea »I don't think there have been such innocuous cards banned since the day of Kird Ape and Serendib Efreet.
Standard is now designed with zero potential to self police. I pity this generation of players.Quote from Arborea »Oh, wait, it was in an artifact block without a Shatter variant.
Quote from KnickM »I'd still expect Vale to be closer to $20 than to $25, but that's splitting hairs.
Didn't mean to start a pissing contest (my format is better than yours / my dad can beat up your dad). Only to say that Modern grew because WotC dropped the ball on
To be fair, virtually every creature played in Legacy was once Standard legal. And like all the other creatures ported from Standard (Craterhoof, Mentor, Young Pyro, Thalia, etc), they need the support of older, powerful cards in order to compete.
The new Eldrazi were fantastic; any problems were solely the fault of a general lack of answers.