I fully intended on it being a long term committee where we vote monthly just like with the power rankings.
Certainly new top decks will arise, but we can have, and have had in the past, top decks that are not extra unfun nor cause a rock paper scissors effect. There is not anything wrong with there being strong or top decks, only when they are polarizing and unfun.
A lot of games have a shared casual/ranked ladder. In theory I would think the most competitive folks would adhere so if you are not running into them, you can probably handle more casual folks playing banned cards. But yea it would be unfortunate if half of the top players did not get on board and you just ended up face checking fault/wanderer all day anyways. But I think that is a risk we need to be willing to take, and hopefully it will catch on more as time goes on.
Yea working for free sucks, but I think it would be less work then running tournaments or power rankings, all of which are things we were happy to do anyways.
That is the idea I hope it came across that way. It’s purely an opt in thing, and policing really wouldent need to be done as you would know who has opted in, and the others that opted in would report folks that did not follow and only then would it take a quick check. Plus I figure most that opted in would just follow the rule.
Then my hope would be it would catch on. It would make tournaments standardized, and the more people that opt in, the greater an effect it will have on the ladder, without bothering people that are not into it.
I had already added in banning fault instead of Kha/Rae or in addition to as an option.
I don’t like the thought of hitting faction staples, we really only want to hit specific problem cases like eggs in Magmar, Fault/kha/Rae in Vet, arcanyst/highrolls in Songhai, Tempo Burn Ziran in Lyonar, and of course Wanderer. As these are the actual thing causing the issues right now, not just popular general purpose cards.
But it looks like flash is so hated I might have to add it to the Vote list.
I hope to at least get this to take off for tournaments. The ladder aspect may be a pipe dream, but I would like to hope that it is possible. Anyone that “missed the memo” would not even be aware of said top fifty regulated ban list and would be completely unaffected. As its an opt in thing you are free to make that choice to keep playing with Abjudicator (a card I also like and run in many harmless decks, but one I recognize as a problem.) And we can still just post a top fifty list and just make the distinction between opt in folks and people who did not know.
I do agree we want it to be as few as possible. Currently I am forming a comprehensive list of options to vote on, in theory only a small handful of them would actually go. I am quite aware of how much folks disagree on the power rankings, and this is likely something folks will disagree on more, but the format we used to make the power rankings did an excellent job at representing a wide range of viewpoints and dealing with disagreements.
As for going after Rag that seems a bit extreme, if you are really serious about it I will add it to the list. While I disagree about flash as a stand alone, and am impartial about Rae that’s something that voting can sort out.
While there is a chance it may shard the players more, I think doing nothing is far worse.
This is not about banning unfun things, its about hitting problems. If we wanted to ban unfun things then 8gates, Mantra, and artifacthai would be at the top of the list leagues above Xor.