It is something that has been discussed in the past on these boards. It is pretty obvious that WOTC either doesn't know how to or does not care to run Vintage in the same way it runs something like standard or even modern. There is a financial impetus to this, in that it would need to hire people to spend cycles to actually think about the formats health and being a niche format it just does not pay to do so. We get it.
Looking at the success of commander as a fan run format, is that something the vintage community thinks it could do, and if so is it something we could convince WOTC to relinquish to us? It could be modeled after the Commander rules council, and it would take basically all the responsibility away from WOTC which is something I think they would want.
As a rules council, I think it would have to create and maintain the following:
- A mission statement for the format. This would include principals and goals that we would adhere too. Commander has a principals document which is their version of it.
- Maintenance of the B&R lists, which would include some transparency into the decision making process around what criteria a card would have to reach to merit a restriction and/or a ban or to come off those lists, regular evaluations cycles, maybe shared data
- A centralized web hub, that would maintain updates, changelogs, rules docs, etc, as well as a public explanation of who is on the rules council
- Possibly public or publicly curated feedback on decision making around rules and B&R changes.
I would like to think this proposal is enticing enough to WOTC that they would listen to it if the community got their ducks in a row. Anyone else think this is a goal worth pursuing?