Quote from Zephyr Scarlet »Please let Ponder be in and Rishadan Port be out
As Magic R&D Director Randy Buehler likes to say, “We're better off pushing cards than making another Homelands.”
What we're not ok with is having one card be the focal point of every viable strategy.
The whole development process of a TCG only works if there are doors left open for players to exploit, and that's naturally going to be the case due to unavoidable human error. You outnumber us several million to under 20.
"We used two criteria to guide us in choosing what cards to ban. First, we have a rule of thumb about Legacy that we don't like consistent turn-two combination decks, but that turn-three combination decks are okay. We modified that rule for Modern by adding a turn to each side: we are going to allow turn-four combination decks, but not decks that consistently win the game on turn three."
We also have the goal of maintaining a diverse format.
Quote from Trabant777 »So I've been thinking... It seems likely that most of the community doesn't know we exist... We should try to change that