What if Gush gets restricted? How to replace it, or can we?

There's a lot of varieties of gush decks. But I think many of them would replace 1 of the gushes with a land. Many people cheat the mana base with gush a little bit knowing they can make up a land drop or use it to protect against waste/strip effects.

Outside of that I think in many decks people would take 2 ofs and 3 ofs and add another one one of them for better consistency. When you have as much draw as many blue decks use now (gush, ponder, preordain, brainstorm, ancestral, dig, treasure cruise) you can get away with a little less consistency. But if you remove some of that draw you either replace it directly with other draw or firm up the consistency you sacrificed in the first place. Part of gush's appeal is its efficiency and I'm just not sure there are other draw card that are as efficient to make them worthwhile. So fall back to more consistency.

Should Gush get the Ax as the corresponding move to Lodestone Golem, I would not be surprised if they take Ponder off in an attempt to balance things out and not nerf delver style decks completely.

If Gush ever got restricted it would be in a meta with more restricted blue draw cards than there ever has been. DDT, TC, and Dack did not exist the last time Gush was banned, so really what I think you would see would be a shift to more of a Blue Good Stuff deck than a "Gush" deck.

@Protoaddct I don't think that's clear. I think Delver Aggro strategies and something more Legacy-like might find an opening as well.

Does anyone remember when Dark Ritual rotated out of Standard or Extended? Black was terrible. Then it got some new printings and was still terrible on account of about a decade of printings that expected every black card to be powered out with Dark Ritual. In a meta where every card filter is restricted I'd expect the oops I win strategy to see more play than "fair" strategies which depend on consistency in the early turns of the game.

Edit: Blue would still be a valid colour.

last edited by Aaron Patten

@vaughnbros Not by default. Some were calling them so. You seem to have a different opinion.

Gush decks are more fair now than they were with 4x Merchant Scroll and 4x Brainstorm. Doomsday, Tropical Storm, and the like were pretty brutal. They competed with unrestricted Flash.

@AmbivalentDuck It seemed to me at the time like a lot of decks competed with unrestricted Flash. I was running main deck Wasteland and Stifle to great affect against non-Flash decks as well.

I suspect that Stifle lost of a lot of its power with the printing of Misstep. Keeping Gush decks off their second land was a great strategy, though.

I think people have advocated massive unrestrictions in the past. The Tropical Storm era was actually incredibly diverse and still changing pretty rapidly when the restriction spree happened.

I find it very unlikely that we'll see unrestrictions, though. I think we're far more likely to see Gush and Shops restricted.

@AmbivalentDuck I think you'll find the deck that is the biggest culprit of keep "fair" decks out of the format are the current Gush variants. It's almost impossible to get a good MU against them with any creature based or hard control strategy.

@vaughnbros said:

ntrol strategy.

Would this still be the case if Mentor et al. were restricted?
Would Mentor and Pyro still be on top without Gush?

@Aaron-Patten
I think its potentially a deck if Mentor is restricted.
I think Mentor is still played without Gush, but likely not Pyro.

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