Quote from FoodChainGoblins »I don't know much about other formats, but here's wrong with THE format that I play - Modern.
1. We have players here that have come to the realization that Wizards does not want Counterspell to ever hit Standard or Modern. Yet, Wizards is trying to find a way to make a better Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, another creature that "if it goes to the graveyard from anywhere, put back onto the battlefield tapped" creature, and a (Green) creature that will put Thragtusk to shame. To put it more succinctly, Counterspell is silly broken for Modern, but a 1GG 4/3 flying, haste, first strike, trample, cannot be countered (by what, Wizards?) is completely fine, not just for Modern, but for Standard and Limited as well.
2. Too many bans. Standard received a ridiculous amount of bans, then the Cat after the deadline. It was definitely the right ban after those other ones. And Aetherworks Marvel is also the right ban now. Poor Wizards, losing consumer confidence and all...
3. Too many other things to get into, but there is a silver lining.
The silver lining is that Magic is in a really good spot right now. Are there things that could be better? Yes, it is so for anything that is worth doing.
We both have been in conversations in the Modern forum about these points.
Wotc has painted themselves into a corner, and to get out they are going ot have to make a portion of the player base upset and possibly want t stop playing the game. There is no way Wotc can dig themselves out of this without stepping on some toes and hurting some feelings.
Does the majority of the current player base enjoy the spell side or the creature side of the current game? If its the creature side, those spell players are going to be pretty mad. If its the spell side, we possibly go back to lower attendance numbers, the way it was when spells were king, at events and possibly less LGS depending on how its handled. How would you like to be running a company and have to decide between those 2 possibilities?
Standard is in a bad place, but lets not pretend its never been there before. Its been there many times. The only way is up from here. It may take a bit, but Wotc has to straighten out Standard before they can worry about anything else. period.
I agree Magic is in a decent spot even with everything wrong with it at the moment. But I only draft and play Modern, and I think Modern is the best its ever been at this moment.