Quote from SavannahLion »Eerrr... the borders should remain consistent. Gold borders have a very distinct meaning different from the hybrid border in Magic and I do not care for changing the colors purely for "aesthetics" as you suggest. In other words, the borders have always had meaning and removing that meaning, however well intentioned, will just create another color fiasco.
Quote from some_guy123 »Quote from SavannahLion »Eerrr... the borders should remain consistent. Gold borders have a very distinct meaning different from the hybrid border in Magic and I do not care for changing the colors purely for "aesthetics" as you suggest. In other words, the borders have always had meaning and removing that meaning, however well intentioned, will just create another color fiasco.
Is there a functional difference between a card that is RW and a card that is R/W R/W ?
Quote from SavannahLion »LOL I understand.
We all have our desires to see the game do this or that.
I'm of the very strong opinion that aesthetics should never ignore function (and a bunch of other things). This comes from the near deadly (I would use another word, but then I might get a notice) experiences of trying to build a UI when your art designer thinks that moving 25px x 25px buttons are a good idea.
To be fair. WotC has moved to a preference for using a color indicator, instead of the frame, when cards care about color and there is no cost. They try anyways. JThat's why Glittering Wish doesn't ask for a Gold card. Technically, there is no such thing. You can't get Gold mana. Pink, sort of. Not Gold.
But I digress. Sometimes function has to precede form. I can easily and quickly flick through my deck for specific details such as gold or bi-color if that's what I want. Start mixing them up and that's another annoyance to deal with. As interesting as Dryad Arbor, any of the Future Sight, or the Amonkhet Masterpieces* are, they've introduced an additional layer to most games.
* To be clear. I don't have anything specific against any of the cards I pointed out. In a vacuum, cards like Future Sight ones look great... if the entire deck has the same frame. My problem was always in the larger context of the game where there is a completely different front, these cards flat out look awful and they interfere with gameplay in some cases. If WotC had printed the colors in reverse gold<->bi-color and the OP was hypothetically suggesting the opposite, my stance would be the same.
By the same token, I'm actually not a fan of the Legendary frames because WotC has failed to remain consistent with its use.
Quote from AtraxianShade »The hybrid border is an aesthetic choice that helps highlighting a mechanic of the card. Pretty much the same way as Vehicles have a specific border instead of the regular artifact or current legendary (non-planeswalkers) permanents have a crown flourish on the top.
While I agree that the hybrid border is nicer to look at than the golden border in most cases, it informs you that the card you have in hand works slightly differently than a regular multicolor card at a glance.
Having the two frames separated has an actual function outside of the game rules and using the hybrid frame for everything would remove that function.