Quote from Nickciufi23 »
Counterspell is an interesting idea, but I don't think it'll make the cut. Universal counters have generally not been made in Modern for under 3 mana.
I don't agree with this, and I'll explain why. Counterspell doesn't have a home. It's not good enough to see play in Legacy or Vintage, where instead cards like Force of Will, Mana Drain, Daze, and Mental Misstep rule. This is very sad for one of the defining cards of the entire game. A card that isn't strong enough to see play in Legacy should, I argue, be playable in Modern. And if that isn't the case, then Modern should adjust for that to be true.
Standard already has the unstated rule that hard counters always cost 3 mana. Standard is supposed to be lower power level than Modern. We're basing the notion that Counterspell is too good for Modern simply on the fact that it has never been a part of Modern. I would suggest that when we consider "Is this card too powerful for Modern?" a way of answering that is to consider instead "Had this card been last printed in 8th Edition, would it be on Modern's current ban list?" In the case of Counterspell, I think it is extremely unlikely.