I agree this is a really inelegant solution. The Vial-Smasher errata seems quite inconsistent to me.Quote from baconspoon »This targeting rule is extremely inconsistent and provides far greater opportunities for confusion and feel bad than the status quo. They traded a lot to fix one simple problem. Now your opponent will have to reveal their intentions when they cast a spell. No more wondering if they plan to redirect.I don't think it was worth it.
Reading through the article, it seems clear that we should not expect cards like Blightning to receive errata, but apparently they will.
"Blightning deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker. That player or that planeswalker’s controller discards two cards."
Why can't Sudden Impact say this then:
"Sudden Impact deals damage to target player or planeswalker equal to the number of cards in that player's hand or that planewalker's controller's hand."
And then the arbitrary Vial Smasher errata that's being hinted at? This is not just an EDH card.
Now we just have a solution to a minor problem, brutal inconsistencies, and imaginary line (starting with Dominaria) after which cards with the exact same printed text as Lightning Bolt can't damage planeswalkers. It's not as confusing as the creature type erratas, but it's so much more impactful to normal game play. I promise there was a better way to do this.
I guess it's cool that my Alpha Lightning Bolts will now have proper Oracle text...
EDIT: All other changes are inconsequential. I just don't like this one because it makes it harder to play/teach/learn my favorite game.
Oh well. I think this change will be good long-term, and I guess it's better to bite the bullet on something like this now rather than waiting even longer.