Basic Island makes it another B&R announcement
Shhh! People will find out about my sweet spec target!
Investing in Snow-Covered Island? Smart.
This was expected. The announcement was actually a pretty clear 100% bet for "No changes" in Vintage as soon as they had that errata last announcement.
They said they wouldn't change anything before Eternal Weekend and, if they felt they needed to, they'd work a different schedule for Vintage (probably announcing it a few weeks ago or even setting a date right after EW). Since the format seems healthy enough, they didn't have to do either.
@vaughnbros This is still my fondest wish in Magic.
@poxeveryturn said in October 17, 2017 Banned & Restricted announcement:
Unless it were also considered its own island... and a new meta emerges.
Well sure. If it's an Island for fetching purposes, it's an Island for all purpose. It also taps for U.
Card is super broken.
Sure but so is like 50% of all cards we play in Vintage.
The island subtype would include dual lands. You can only play 1 card with Island written on it.
Restricting Island subtype along with Workshop and Bazaar is a scorch earth strategy.
When that happens we'll have gone really deep down the "restrict creatures" rabbit hole.
In the wake of vintage champs and multiple MTGO challenges it seems pretty clear that shops is still the clear best deck. Even specially built Oath decks to take down shops have fallen short. So the question remains, what next to restrict?
Imo we either hit foundry inspector, sphere, ravager, or some combination. However it is becoming more and more clear that workshop itself must go eventually. As an alternative tack, unrestricting mental misstep could allow the format to develop in a different direction, and possibly hurt shops