Quote from MrMoustacheMM »Quote from Evil Never Dies »This still doesn't make sense, because if "win the game immediately" cards are fine then they should unbanned also cards like Biorythm or Coalition Victory, also cards like Worldfire that cost tons of mana, that require a minimum of setup to win and just end games when resolve.
Doesn't matter how you see it, the unban of this particular card but not others just doesn't make sense.
It could be that they're using Worldfire as a testing ground to see if the other cards are safe to unban. If Worldfire causes too many problems, it goes back on the banlist. If it's not an issue, then maybe they move on to evaluating Biorhythm or Sway of the Stars.
I doubt Coalition Victory will be unbanned though. Its win condition is far too easy to meet: 5c commander, and then nothing but land ramp and tutors to fetch CV. Probably a consistent turn 5 win, and turn 4 is probably not unreasonable. Not the kind of deck the RC is looking to encourage.
The RC explained the reasoning in the announcement
Worldfire was once banned due to the problematic interaction with floating mana and having access to your Commander. We want to foster a Commander environment where 8- and 9-mana spells are viable and likely to show up in a game, so we evaluate the expensive ones in that context. Unlike Coalition Victory and Biorhythm, which we continue to believe are problematic in that environment, the level of effort needed to make Worldfire effective is sufficient that we suspect it will not be as much of an issue. There are already cheaper ways to do similar things in the format. We believe the social contract and robust pregame discussions will keep Worldfire out of games in which it doesn’t belong.
The general concept of winning the game immediately has never been something that brought bans by itself, else there are a ton of infinite combos that should have been banned long ago, as well as stuff like Laboratory Maniac and Thassa's Oracle. It seems to be more a question of how difficult it is to set up. Sway of the Stars does seem like it could follow to me and was not mentioned in this update, but evidently Biorhythm was considered too easy.