The asterisk on Administrative Changes is a reminder that we added two folks, Olivia Gobert-Hicks and Jim Lapage, to the Rules Committee. Then all six of us descended on Magic 30 in Las Vegas. We embraced the opportunity to get out into the crowd and not just play, but talk Commander with a fairly large number of people.
The overwhelming sentiment that we found at M30 is that Commander is in a pretty healthy space. There are still a few anxieties, like how to make the best of playing in games with strangers. We continue to work internally on brainstorming just how we might help relieve those fears. We also continue to encourage you to have good pregame conversations with folks who you have just met. The best games are the ones in which everyone is on the same page.
As far as cards are concerned, nothing has crossed the line into being dangerous enough across the broad spectrum of the format to warrant a ban. We’ll continue to keep our eye on hot-button cards, like Dockside Extortionist. If it or any other card creeps out of the corners of the format to have a large-scale negative impact, we’ll take action.
As always, please drop by the RC Discord server if you’d like to talk about format philosophy or any of the myriad topics we have there. It’s the place you’re most likely to catch one of us, just hanging out and ready to chat.
We’ll see you in January for Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Until such a time, let The Brothers’ War begin!