@Smmenen Yes. I think I understand your arguments. (I listen to all your Podcasts and follow your articles closely. Maybe I didn't make it clear that I'm following what you're saying here, because I spend a not insignificant amount of my week reading and listening to your content. To me it seems obvious. Of course I'm following.) As best I can tell, any dispute between you and me, over this (we did get off onto U.S. economic and foreign policy there for a time) basically boils down to how capable we think the metagame is of auto-correction... But yeah. I feel like I'm pretty clear on what you're saying. I just think that everything I know about this game points toward strong auto-correction for cards like Lodestone, which I think is different from spells like Force and Misstep in that very important way, that one tends not to try to fight that card with your own copies of the card. Whereas Forcing Forces and Stepping on Missteps is well and truly a thing. That's a very important part of the larger Lodestone discussion, which I think has been missing, since it means that Lodestone will be more subject to population restrictions in a perfectly rational metagame. (Are metagames rational... of course they aren't perfectly rational ever, but its an asymptote that at least gets approached. We all know that metas tend much more strongly toward rationality and randomness.) And with tourneys, there is sufficient pressure to try to win... or at least, someone will come up with something new that will win, and then it will get copied. Which of course is the way of memetics... SO yeah. I understand what you're saying. I just think that at it's essence, I believe more in metagame auto-correction than you.
Well, I definitely appreciate the support for my content, but that's not really what I'm arguing.
My strong argument does not depend on whether metagames can correct or not.
In fact, even if they are completely capable of doing so, but still don't, I'm saying that the DCI is justified in intervening.
The reason is this: it's more important to promote diversity than to wait for market/metagame corrections.
This is the principle behind antitrust law. If a firm has too much power, monopoly suits can be brought against it. It doesn't matter if the market could, in theory, correct. If it doesn't, that's really all that matters.