@blindtherapy said in Rules for Vintage B&R list:
the card you're trying to think of is called thought-knot seer
I speculated about this for some time a year or 2 ago when I had thought Shops had to be considered. If you restrict shops I see the deck bifurcating in 2 specific lists:
The first deck you would get would be 2 drop ravager shops. You still have a shop and academy, but would have to replace 3 shops with either sol lands like City of Traitors, utility land like inventors fair, or more Moxen or something like that. The deck is already low on the curve but I suspect it would look towards trying to get its top end costs even lower by dropping anything that could clog the hand, including singleton copies of things like Traxos, Scourge of Kroog, Precursor Golem, or Mystic Forge. Other than that it is basically the same deck, it will have a few slightly less explosive starts and it cannot slam all its stuff indiscriminately, but it's basically the same deck.
The second deck would be Brown Eldrazi Stax. Eldrazi already have 2 of its own sol lands in Temple and Eye and probably wants to play a little higher on the curve, I suspect that the way it may be built is similar to the unpowered build we so a few years ago, where the only artifacts it runs are ones without activated abilities so it can run Null rod. I would run the singleton workshop to be able to power out first turn trinisphere, Sphere of resistance, or Null rod, but the rest of the deck would be eldrazi based. Creature base would revolve around 4 thought-knot seers but I could see it either going towards the high end with Cavern of souls allowing uncounterable Reality smashers or stay relatively aggro with Mimic and Matter Reshaper.
Basically the restriction of shops would take nothing from this deck but rather add a copy of shops to it. In the past as soon as you added one shop you had to ask yourself why not just play the better deck, but if Shops is powered down by half a turn and a little more vulnerable, and your drazi deck suddenly has a new tool and is resistant to most of the shops hate, that questions starts to answer itself.
While I do not think you can restrict Shops in a void, I think it needs to happen with other restrictions and maybe even unrestrictions, I 100% content it would be the healthiest thing for the meta.