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I think his points stands. Modern Belcher is going to need a lot more than just Chrome Mox to become "playable." And when I say playable, I realize that everyone has a different definition. Some people believe that only UR Phoenix, Dredge, Amulet, Whir Prison, and Grixis Shadow are playable right now and I can't fault them for that line of thinking (yes, even with the 1 win that a Jund Titanshift deck did this weekend) We are talking about giving yourself the BEST chance, not just spiking a tournament with a deck that put you at a disadvantage from the start, even if you out tested all other 2,000 players at the GP.
Even though many of us assume it, I don't think Wizards has ever said explicitly that Mox Opal to be close to a banning. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong here.
But I do believe that your point also stands because Wizards seemingly does not want (and I say this loosely because honestly there isn't any proof) fast mana to be prevalent in Modern. I guess there technically is proof with Rite of Flame and Seething Song banned, but other cards are not banned. This is the most likely conclusion one can have.
My point is that you can't blame someone for questioning the line of thinking - Chrome Mox won't get unbanned because of Belcher because Belcher has no relevance in the current meta and there is some percentage of players over 0% that don't believe Belcher to potentially be a problem if Chrome Mox is unbanned. My own opinion is that I don't think it currently should be unbanned, but I think it's close. I think 5 unbannings down the line, it SHOULD come off. I just don't know if that time period is 2 years or 22 years.
This video is a few years old, but the point still stands. Belcher requires a certain amount of free fast mana to be consistent enough to be a real deck. There is a mono-green version now that's sort of a meme deck because it's capable of very quick kills, but it's inconsistent. Raising the number of free fast mana spells in the format from 8 copies to 12 greatly increases the consistency of this strategy, especially if they end up going with the London Mulligan. There is a very real possibility that adding Chrome Mox to the format makes Belcher consistent enough to be a real player in the meta, and do we really need another turn 1 or 2 deck in Modern? No, we don't.
Even if it's not Belcher specifically, Chrome Mox would absolutely result in the format speeding up, because that's what free fast mana does. We need to go in the opposite direction, so Chrome Mox is a huge no-go for an unbanning.