Quote from Cranky »It's sad that the RC is so short-sighted and seems to have selective vision (Sol Ring as you stated is also an auto-include, along with many other cards).
My one concern is how to prove you've met the restrictions (which to my knowledge WotC hasn't addressed?).
Quote from Wizmin »The mechanic should probably just be outright banned rather than the cards.
Quote from FunkyDragon »Sol Ring is not an auto-include, no matter how many times people say it is. In Feather, it is an actively bad card and should never be run, as the deck is so color hungry. In most decks, it's a good idea to run, but it's a pretty bad top deck late game in just about every deck. In those decks, the gain of fast early mana is offset by the opportunity cost of drawing a useless mana rock late game. Lutri completely ignores the idea of opportunity cost and needed to not function in Commander as a Companion.
I agree with your concern about proving the restriction. Do we just go on faith, and then an hour in declare that the player auto-forfeits because they had one card that broke the restriction? Do we have to do deck checks beforehand? It's a stupid, stupid nightmare of an ability in paper.
Proving the restriction argument is ridiculous, though
Quote from OathboundOne »I think that Companion shouldn't work in commander. Wishes don't work, and treating them differently creates rules inconsistency.
It's very messy, and speaks to possibly being motivated by money (cause companions are a new hotness that would help to push pack sales for WotC).
Quote from Magiqmaster »What really bothers me is that we still get broken cards in 2020, despite the vast experience WotC has designing and testing new cards. They don't seem to learn, as can be observed recently with Oko, for example, or Heliod, Sun-Crowned (this one still unbanned, to be continued...).
In any case, I get that they are trying new stuff and Companion in itself is a great and novel idea, so I feel somewhat dissapointed that they dropped the ball with the Otter. Don't they consult the RC? I was under the impression that they were.
Let's see the other companion cards that get revealed, hoping we don't get more cards that don't outright feel like design mistakes.
Quote from DirkGently »Quote from OathboundOne »I think that Companion shouldn't work in commander. Wishes don't work, and treating them differently creates rules inconsistency.
It's very messy, and speaks to possibly being motivated by money (cause companions are a new hotness that would help to push pack sales for WotC).1) WotC doesn't control the RC, who made the decision, and the RC doesn't care about money.
2) companions are probably going to be mostly cheap crap rares.
3) companions probably aren't going to make any decks better in commander, if anything they're a fun excuse to make your deck worse.
If anything, it's wizards trying to trick commander players into trying standard with the promise of getting to play a pseudo-commander. Being able to use them as a pseudo-partner in commander is just gravy.
It does seem slightly inconsistent, but
1) rule 11 is an ugly hack anyway.
2) they're cool and fun, and cool and fun > perfect consistency
3) we don't know what the new rule 11 is going to look like, maybe it'll blind us with it's awesomeness.
Quote from DirkGently »If rule 11 were truly redundant, that make it an even uglier hack. That said, I’d want a source on that ruling as my recollection is that “outside the game” traditionally means “any card in your collection” in unsanctioned games.
Quote from Commander Rules »11. Abilities which bring card(s) you own from outside the game into the game (such as Living Wish; Spawnsire of Ulamog; Karn, the Great Creator) do not function in Commander.
Quote from Wizards Website »There are ten companions in Ikoria, each one a legendary creature whose companion ability lists a deck-building rule. That chosen companion doesn't start in your main deck. Rather, it's a card in your sideboard. (If you're playing casually without sideboards, it's just in your collection outside the game. All the same rules apply to it.)
Quote from migrena »I was talking about sanctioned events and official digital clients. Outside of those you can play by whatever rules you agreed with your friends hence any discussion about those situations does not lead anywhere.
Quote from rulings on living wish »In a sanctioned event, a card that’s “outside the game” is one that’s in your sideboard. In an unsanctioned event, you may choose any card from your collection.
Quote from DirkGently »Quote from migrena »I was talking about sanctioned events and official digital clients. Outside of those you can play by whatever rules you agreed with your friends hence any discussion about those situations does not lead anywhere.Quote from rulings on living wish »In a sanctioned event, a card that’s “outside the game” is one that’s in your sideboard. In an unsanctioned event, you may choose any card from your collection.
I don't know about you, but I mostly play unsanctioned games of commander.
Nothing I see in the comp rules actually mentions where wished cards can come from, in or out of sanctioned tournaments. So the wish rulings seem to be the only official source. If you have something equally official that contradicts this, let's see it.