Quote from cfusionpm »Quote from gkourou »I agree. The "it's keeping the format in check" was a great response by mr. Forsythe overall. The truth is that I was always under the impression that WOTC values decks(and cards) that keep the format in check, but the Splinter Twin ban made me question those beliefs.
With that said, it's good to know that they think highly of a card like Chalice of The Void(this is important because it may be extended to include cards like Blood Moon and other similar cards) and that they have faith in those cards keeping the format in check.
PS/Edit: Still though, a Turn 1 Chalice Of The Void under Simian Spirit Guide is another story and kind of offensive, but this is just the Ape's potential problem.
It's worrying though, that they would place a higher value on cards that literally do not allow you to play the game, while continuing to chastise reasonable countermagic by saying it makes the game "unfun."
You're mixing format benchmarks. I'm confident Wizards doesn't care about premium countermagic being unfun in Modern. They care about it in Standard, and that's the bottleneck to Modern entry.
Overall, the format is probably fine if for no other reason than that this thread is arguing about bans like Company and Chalice again. Whenever that happens, it's generally an indicator that the format is fine. When people pile on only 1-2 cards, it generally indicates a ban is pending.