"Memnarch or the vedalken salvage most of the large machines, leaving us only scraps. Scraps are enough."
These are like the other limited sets they release. Nothing new. Just moving away from Hasbro site. Which tells me something bigger is happening behind the curtains with the business? Maybe?
Now, if they had a site like channel fireball or star city games, that would be an issue.
- She's blue. If Narset were any other color, she'd be a great tool vs blue decks and card draw for decks that rarely have any. By being blue, she just becomes a 1-sided CA wall the same way Karn was a 1-sided null rod, and Karn already got axed. Stopping CA was a great move, but adding it to the color that plays that CA was a major fail. If Narset were 1WW, She'd be an awesome and fair card. Other Narset incarnations were white...they just shifted her in the wrong direction for N,PoVs.
If she were 1WW instead she'd just end up as another piece to white Eldrazi decks or something, so, eventually would need restricting anyway.
I am familiar with necro. Narset doesn't stop Necro, but like other engines, could exist in the same meta precisely because Necro is unaffected by Narset.
If Necropotence were to be unrestricted, people would forget Narset even existed and would move on to complain how Dark ritual should be restricted.
Narset slows down players like Lavinia does. It's not a direct threat either. Doesn't tax you, or keep Permanents off the table. Doesn't even shut off everyone's precious moxen. Players are just enamored with their Xerox shells and refuse to divorece a toxic marriage that's warping the rest of the vintage meta. Instead they villainize the remedy.
Narset could get restricted and it won't make a positive change.
I'd rather nothing gets restricted and Necro come off the list finally.
Not until next year though. We have sets coming that could very well bring an aftershock to the format.
for always making productive Vintage content.
Narset unrestricted means we CAN have more cards unrestricted like Necro and Windfall.
Let's not forget we also have The London Mulligan in place that may be keeping Narset, as well as the Xerox engine, from being too unruly.
My two cents anyway.
I didn't like the idea of Pioneer as as format,at first.
I do, however, like the space for brewing and innovation in Pioneer.
a few more sets down the road might help the format establish a more clear identity. It's just too soon for me right now to dismiss it entirely.