Here’s the problem – I’m not the guinea pig for formats. I play what looks interesting, I buy what I am excited about, and if I become jaded about something it takes evidence of actual changes before I’m going to come back in the water. I know what Jace winter looks like and I recognize it as horribly broken. Therefore, I am checking out of Standard until I have proof that something is fixed. This is mildly ironic given the fact I JUST got back into real life Magic so that I could play in some UK regionals.
Magic isn’t my job any more. I think about it and talk to friends about it, but there are literally thousands of other things competing for my time. I don’t have to stay involved at any level. As a consumer, if I get bored on MODO I can turn on the PS3 or Steam or read a book or comic books or watch movies, Glee, blah blah blah. This is true for any entertainment vendor, which is what Wizards of the Coast is. If I want to stay involved in Magic, I can just draft and play Legacy on Magic Online. What I won’t do, however, is bang my head against a wall trying to beat something I know is broken. This is a normal and healthy response and there are plenty of people who share this perspective.
Do I think Jace will be banned at any time in Standard? Not really. I agree with Seth Burn that the odds are about 20:1 against. Is Standard horribly broken and exceptionally non-diverse (assuming your object is to give yourself the greatest chance of winning the game, of course)? Abso-freaking-lutely. This needed to be said and said publicly. If I had been around during the Jund dominance, I might have written exactly the same thing.
In the end, New Phyrexia sales come down to some form of this question: Will I (or anyone else who is tired of the whole Jace thing and really dislikes broken metagames), be really excited to buy boxes of New Phyrexia and brew new things to bring down this bad boy?
Not a chance. I’ll Legacy. Or I’ll play my 3DS. Or maybe I’ll just enjoy a book in the summertime sunshine.
Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.
People keep saying there’s no way an emergency ban will happen. That precedent was set aaaaages ago, at a time when most people didn’t even have broadband, let alone smart phones. Honestly, how is the Magic community not adaptable to one-month notice? Again, I don’t think it will happen, but information doesn’t really come in three-month chunks, so why would WotC be forced to make decisions in that way?