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Quote from 13055 »I just want them to unban anything and have it not break the universe so they start being less overly-cautious with these changes. My best bet is SFM being that free-to-unban card. Further, I'd enjoy seeing the format with Ponder/Preordain (either/or/both). It feels unfair having Stirrings around without P or P, and I'd prefer giving other decks tools to even the field than taking away the tools of other decks and hamstringing them (even if it's looking like Stirrings is quite good).
While I have voted for Preordain myself we shouldn't forget the big difference between the blue spells and the others like Ancient Stirrings and Faithless Looting.
The blue ones just make your deck more consistent and therefore better with no downside. Unless you are playing Aggro they will just straight up help you with your strategy no matter if you are looking for threats, answers, combo pieces, lands, etc.
The others need building around. Jund plays red and green and yet runs neither card because they don't work with the deck.
Besides Merfolk every blue deck will play the blue cantrips. The same isn't true for the all the green and red decks and their respective spells.
Technically they have a deckbuilding cost, but those costs are so far beneath the benefits they give. No one is arguing that, because Stirrings isn't bonkers in Elves, it isn't good. The card in the right shell is super strong. The problem is the "downside" of having a critical mass of colorless spells, or having enough of a graveyard component to your deck, is so frigging easy to accomplish in Modern that there really isn't a downside.
I'd argue the fact that "every" blue deck would run either cantrip is false, but even if it isn't false, I think we can all agree that Stirrings and Looting do more for their decks than the cantrips would do for any other deck with the possible exception of Storm. Stirrings and Looting straight-up enable their decks, while the cantrips offer more consistency to U-based combo decks, or offer a better cantrip to non-combo blue. Is having a card that each blue deck runs really that much of a problem? They're one-mana cantrips; it's not like a too-necessary creature that causes frequently similar boardstates across a format *cough*Copter*cough*.