With a busy year in the books, we open 2020 all quiet on the B&R front.
The format continues to grow in all its forms, but there’s been a lot of good discussion about ways to improve and capitalize on opportunities. With the introduction of Commander-focused premier events, the number of games played outside local playgroups is rising. Similarly, more games are being played between friends, in stores and homes, than ever before.
In terms of cards, there were no consensus threats to players’ enjoyment and we’re not making any changes at this time. We continue to emphasize the importance of pre-game discussions as an important part of finding enjoyable games.
Oh, and we’re releasing a new website.
In addition to hosting the rules, banned list, and leadership contact information, members of the rules committee will be posting regular content here. The new site also aims to help players find interesting content about the format, from across the web.
The RC would like to thank Andrew “Shoe” Lee for his assistance with site construction and coding. To provide feedback on the site, message Gavin.
Shame they shut down the message board forums there though I understand why they did it since we already have other MTG websites to post content. I mainly went there to post a backlog of all me and my friends' EDH / Commander decks in which I did manage to get some helpful feedback from time to time. There was only like two to three active users on there including myself right before the site relaunch. I'm guessing everyone else has either moved onto social media platforms with reddit or they've already given up on Paper MTG in fear that digital might take over.
Direct communication with the Rules Committee in regards to the health of EDH / Commander is probably going to be a lot harder without a message board forum unless they go on social media. They're probably already compromised with WotC similar to when they shut down the comment section for cards on MTG Gatherer. Something tells me that this isn't a good sign in regards to transparency between the Rules Committee and the players. That's one of the biggest reasons why Modern has been struggling as a format because WotC only listens to tournament results instead of the players.
They are currently undecided on what to do with forums, and the RC is divided on their necessity in the modern day of having Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, as well as existing forums such as here and MTGNexus, both of which get more traffic that their forums did.