@vaughnbros said in February 12, 2018 Banned and Restricted Announcement:
More like lets keep restricting workshop's, and eventually blue won't be over 50% of the metagame... That's the message we have been giving for decades in Vintage. "If we restrict this non-blue deck, then the format will get more diverse". Meanwhile, everything remains as blue as ever.
This is a completely fair response but it touches on an important issue that I think lies near the heart of B&R, and I'm not convinced it can ever fully be resolved.
Imagine two metagames:
30% Shops, 30% Mentor, 30% Dredge
25% Shops, 25% Mentor, 25% Dredge, 25% Delver
The lines between decks in magic are blurry, and in vintage even more so. If you genuinely feel that Delver and Mentor and Oath are unique decks that provide different gameplay experiences, then metagame B is more diverse than metagame A. If you split things in your head along color lines, than you're going from
25-25-50, and metagame B is less diverse. It's all gray areas though. To me Oath and Mentor are clearly different decks, but Mentor and Delver are blurrier. Some players split things more finely (Jeskai Mentor and Esper Mentor are different decks) and to some players they're all just "blue".
This categorization is subjective, unfalsifiable, and ultimately people don't change their mind on it very often - it's mostly based on feel. It's also COMPLETELY foundational to any discussion about format balance, which means that it is essentially impossible to come to any kind of conclusions about which decisions would balance a format unless all parties happen to agree on how they categorize decks.
spoiler alert: all parties don't agree.