last edited by Protoaddict
@maximumcdawg said in Vintage 101: Cat Scratch Fever:
You make an interesting point, though. If they banned Companion generally in Legacy and Vintage, but kept printing more, you totally could have Modern become the "Companion Format." That might actually be a net positive. It would distinguish Modern from Legacy and Pioneer is a very high-profile way. I kind of like that line of thought.
I doubt this would ever happen, since it would start to turn Modern into something akin to Commander light. The formats should feel different, but they should still feel like the same game.
I think the other thing to consider though is the larger the card pool, the more viable other, and newly printed companions start looking next to lurris. I contend that part of the issue with Companion is not the mechanic itself, but the breadth of the cards. If a much larger selection of decks had access to a companion, and the companions were of similar power and disposition, It would just become a new facet of the game itself, no different than when sideboards were added, when mulligan rules were added, or when graveyard hate became a mandatory in basically every sideboard.
And even at that, I can still think of lists that would not run a companion. I would not compromise my Legacy burn deck to run Oobash ever, nor would anyone else with a brain. I'm not going to make my pioneer spiriots deck 8 cards to run yorion, and that deck is still just fine.
The situation we are in now would be akin to if the sideboard rule existed, but only blue decks could have one. Side-boarding is fine in and of itself, but only allowing a small subsection of the game to do it would break it in half.