Today, Gavin interviews AFR lead designer Jules Robbins on his Wizards career, and the long story of the venture mechanic. They also present a very direct interpretation of the saying, "the only way out is through."
How i feel about competitive players and casual players in EDH: The competitive are german tourists, the casual are italian tourists, both in a italian beach. The italians asking themselves "why are the germans here?" make a legitimate question, the answer is because the beach is beautiful, no matter the country you came from. The italians wanting to ban the germans are dumb, because if the germans pay for their stay and follow the rules like everyone else, they have the right to be in the beach. Hovewer, if the germans started to ask themselves "why are the italians here?"... they would be dumb as hell.
I think the incremental value from venture is probably enough for the type of deck that wants this effect in the first place. Giving haste to soul-scar mage or Ragavan isn't terrible. Scry, Goblin, +1 counter, Draw a card is not a bad chain of effects for even fast decks.
Probably the real home for this is going to be some sort of pauper deck, but I could see this in standard aggro builds.