That is all true, we were discussing a completely different event. When wizards closed the loophole on premium reprints,Quote from krishnath »There is no info on any deal(there may or may not have even been one), but there is Wizards' official announcement where they say they previewed the cards and the 'community' said it wasn't cool and so they changed the policy. Its very difficult to track down any specifics but I vaguely recall a lot of buzz about how them mass printing a RL card was bad.Quote from TheGroglord »
Fair enough, must have my timelines wrong, I was pretty new to magic around then.
I wish we had more info on this hush hush deal, but most of what I can find is MaRo saying he isn't allowed to say anything about it and random speculation.
Basically, around (I think it was eight edition, but I am not 100% sure), WotC wanted to reprint Clone in the core set. Unfortunately Clone was on the reserved list, so they basically asked the community if they could remove it and a number of other cards from the reserved list. The vast majority of the community was totally fine with this, and a lot of cards, mostly uncommons (as Clone had last been printed as an uncommon) were removed. Basically. It was around the time of "You make the core set" promotion they had, were the community had input on the next core set (Each day we got to vote on two cards, the one with the more votes by the time the next poll came up got printed in the next core set, the other wasn't. It was mostly commons and uncommons though. Mostly.)
That was a combination of Phyrexia Vs. the Coalition (Phyrexian Negator), FTV:Relics (Karn, Silver Golem and Mox Diamond) and a single person throwing a hissy fit. Mind you, a person who admittedly had not played the game since Urza's Saga and didn't give a frigg' about the game.