Quote from ktkenshinx »I'm alarmed, but not particularly surprised, that most of the conversation focuses on so much rehashed speculation and not new information. In addition to the B&R update content, Forsythe published a few relevant Tweets in the past few days. Modern-related gems include:
"The pre-PT B&R announcement was instituted mostly for Modern Pro Tours, where we expected changes there to outweigh impact of new sets."
"The catalyst for B&R changes to ANY format is player feedback (then we go to data, design theory, & testing). So thank you for all feedback!"
"Gitaxian Probe isn't just a 0-mana draw. It creates an information imbalance that crushes certain strategies. Wraith/Bauble aren't that."
"There is no symbolism here. The impact of banning cards, especially repeatedly, is real and costly."
(in reference to the new B&R frequency) "We're reassessing that as well."
So much to discuss here! And so much better to speculate about actual statements from the R&D man himself, rather than speculate on the same old tired speculations we've been speculating on for years. I believe some users mentioned these quotes, but the conversation would really be elevated if more people stayed in dialogue with interesting statements like these and the actual content of the B&R update.
People probably are harder on R&D, here, than they should be.
That being said, I still believe they have no real clue on what they are doing. Missing something as obvious as the Cat combo really shows me that they mostly just take shots in the dark, and hope they didnt miss anything.