There are now only a few weeks before the next round of Banned and Restricted announcements. Out of curiosity, what do people feel warrants restriction/un-restriction/banning/unbanning? Providing data points coupled with the thought process behind it, would be useful for a discussion!
Please be civil in this thread! It is certain that opinions will differ. People do not need to be convinced that one opinion is better than another; especially when a formal announcement will come out soon enough.
Personally, I would like to see some cards un-restricted. Providing data around un-restricted cards is quite difficult.
I would love to see Chalice of the Void un-restricted. Whilst it has not been restricted for long (one year now), one of the main reasons given when it was restricted was to allow for moxen to be played. Over the last year there has been a downturn in the number of moxen being played. Eldrazi decks are able to operate "unpowered". Many creature-based gush decks use only on-colour moxen at most. Prison workshop decks have declined significantly. I am not certain what the impact of adding chalice back into the mix would be, but I would be interested to see.
The second card that I am interested in having un-restricted is Ponder. There is now a glut of card draw engines and library manipulation cards. Ponder was restricted in June 2008. I am certain that a number of decks would choose to play more than one copy of ponder. The card that would likely be impacted the most would be preordain. I believe that the glut of alternatives and solutions that are now available limit the impact an un-restricted ponder could have.
The third and final card that I am interested seeing un-restricted is Merchant Scroll. Poor merchant scroll rarely sees play anymore. Dig through time, and treasure cruise may be partially to blame. Unrestricted gush may have contributed. I would like to see more of this card.