Quote from Shmanka »The problem I have with everyone listing "Here are the criteria" is that each and everytime we do this, Wizards releases something new and different. It's never been the same criteria, they just make new criteria with each and every ban. Not only does this compound the level of mass confusion, but it detriments me from suggesting Modern as a format to a player who is interested. I can't ever be confident in my explanation of the parameters.
I don't agree. Probe and Bloom were banned for a known criterion. So was Eye. Twin was also banned for being a diversity violator; we just measured the metagame differently than Wizards did to determine bans. The only new criterion was GGT's "sideboard battle" rationale, which wasn't really new so much as it was a return to the pre-PT Philly criterion that got GGT banned in the first place.