I am not saying it is completely insignificant, I am saying that in legacy it has proven to be relatively insignificant. There are constraints, obviously, but constraints that have been easy to overcome.Quote from Pistallion »It really isn't insignificant. That's -1 card advantage, and it must be a blue card, which means there's some deck building constraints. FoW is only really good in tempo decks or against combo decks. Because Modern doesn't have to defend against turn 1 or 2 kills, FoW becomes worse. In midrange matchups, for example, FoW would probably be boarded out. Imagine mulliganing to 6 on the play, and being forced to use FoW, then getting Thoughtsiezed the next turn. I think that FoW or a card like it, is not the card Blue Control needs or wantsQuote from Ym1r »One of the things that is important for FoW is the trade you are making for the free spell. For FoW it is 1 life and a blue card, which has been proven to be relatively insignificant.Quote from ktkenshinx »We can probably bet against FoW ever existing in Standard, so what's the Modern-playable, Standard-appropriate replacement? Maybe a FoW that is only free if it's the first N turns of the game? A FoW that only counters permanents? There needs to be some kind of restriction that matters in Standard but is more negligible in Modern.
For Pact of Negation (the closest we have to a FoW), is a delayed cost of the spell.
For Disrupting Soil, the card had to be the exact same cost, which has proven to be really hard in a format as diverse as modern.
I think, if we are ever to get a free counterspell again, we should be looking at what would be a meaningful drawback first, and then what it can counter. We know for example that life points are not a significant enough drawback. So if they wanted to use life points, they would need an extra requirement. Limitations on what you can discard has already been used twice. Delayed cost has been used. We also saw that they weren't willing to do the "your lands don't untap" drawback for a free/cheap coutnerspell.
I might be a bit "pessimistic", but I don't think there is any chance we are getting a free counterspell in standard ever again.
It is also not the case that FoW is really good in tempo decks or against combo decks. Legacy Miracles is not a tempo deck but it constantly runs 3-4 FoWs. You also often see FoW in variants of 4 color control decks or grixis control decks. Combo decks like Sneak and Show or Omnitell also run 4x FoWs. FoW is not only good against combo but it is also great in combo decks.
Can you imagine modern storm, a U based deck, having access to FoW? All of a sudden you can't stop it mid-combo with Surgicals. You also can't counter the start of the combo if they tap out. They have free protection for their Baral/Electromancer.
Of course there are cases where FoW is bad. This is the case with literally EVERY card. But the power FoW brings on the table is so overwhelming that just sometimes it being bad is not enough. I am a dedicated control player, if I had access to FoW, I would mainboard that thing without even blinking.