Quote from Justice1337It doesn't matter whether the RC cares about online play. Wizards cares about it, and they won't take the excuse that the format wasn't designed for that medium given the fact that they can and do make money off it. Their margins are much higher on MODO, and every move WOTC has made in the competitive scene and on printing decisions evidences a desire to make Online a cheaper, more widely played medium than even paper.
And you mistake me saying that Wizards only cares about competitive formats. I actually cited another reason that Wizards cares about banlists - because it markets the format. My argument was that the EDH banlist markets the format, but it currently does so very poorly.
And I can't read the post I just made as anything less than defending kitchen table style play for its continued viability online, rather than dismissing it as you claim. Most of the play currently on MODO in eternal formats is really very casual. I actually explained why the same mechanisms that keep those formats fun in duel don't serve as well in multiplayer. So using your own words "catering to that part of the audience" is the very reason why WOTC is probably going to have to take the reins on the banlist if the RC won't. The RC can offset the responsibility of policing the format of delinquent cards off onto local groups, but WOTC can't do that in the same way. There's no current mechanism, in game or out of game, keeping combo trolls out of a casual format online. And because they'd rather have more revenue from Commaner precons than less going into the future, making a banlist that correctly markets and correctly polices the format is a natural step.
This is really going to hit the fan I expect with the Commander 2013 products. A lot of would-be combo trolls didn't know how to build for 99-singleton when original support happened in 2011. They then figured it out at about the same time Timmy got bored, played until the mindless endorphin rush of winning wore off, then made the format a less frequent stop on their way to a quick chemical fix. With the new 2013 products, a lot of them will be back to troll their Timmy friends who are legitimately interested in a casual format at attracted back by the new precons, and a lot of the new player migration from the 2013 decks will become combo trolls as well. You can invent the format only once, and once broken, it won't play right until fixed.
I find that there's little more annoying to a play group than spending more time on each player's turn than they spend on it, which seems right up Norin's alley to me. heh heh.