@albarkhane said in [Article] 100 Matches with the Best Deck in Magic:
You said restriction can be undone. That's true but think about what would happen : when restriction occurs people owning them will sell them (most probably for less than what they are worth now). When unrestriction occurs, shop price will rise and get to a much higher value than now. How many shop players will be able to buy again ? My point : for cards of high value (whatever the card), there is no practical turning back when there is restriction.
This is totally factual, however WOTC has never made any promise to the community on a whole that they make restrictions with peoples pocketbook in mind over format health. Buyer beware. I highly doubt anyone on this board is just going to sell all their cards and drop the format for modern though.
All of this also assumes that the card merits its current price tag, which in many ways is directly because of WOTC not taking action against it as the cards power level increased with new printings. I honestly think the card should have been restricted back when it was 400-500 bucks, and if restricted today would still easily get more than that. I suspect they will land at 600-700 each, and they will be an easy sell because commander wants them. If you have a play set and do not need the money though, even with the restriction I think you would be stupid to move them since the card is never getting reprinted and can really only ever go up. Commander alone will drive demand for the card to keep its price tag at power levels.
You say that Eldrazi would play one shop. They can now and they don't. Why ?
Because 4x workshops decks exist and is simply better right now, doing similar things. At 1 of, the shops decks still has Academy, can utilize mox opal more (and all the moxen unlike drazi), and its mana base is so low to the ground that it almost does not need shops. There are also a number of cards they are not using, including things from the old affinity package as well as colored options that could run things like thoughtcast (breeding a new decktype)
Drazi decks, when not faced with a shops deck that is as consistent as it is now, can still run cavern, temple, and eye and now 1 shops. If they ran more than one shops you start needing to up your card count to change to be heavier artifacts, which then leads you down the path of running moxen and academy and boom, your just another shops deck. Eldrazi would have access to the same spheres as shops which are all artifacts, but the creature base becomes totally different, and they may even run instants like Spatial Contortion or Warping wail as sideboard options which shops never could. Some lists would potentially not even run shops, but still be much more viable as shops decks would be powered down slightly enough to let them content.
If ancestral recall was unrestricted, knowing it is as powerful a card as it is, do you suspect you would ever see lists running 1 of? Nope, you would see decks that ran 4 and decks that ran 0, because if you ran 4 there is no justifiable reason not to make your deck need 4 of them since the card is that powerful, just as with shops. As a 1 of though, many decks will run it, even some going as far as to splash for it as has happened in the past with some dredge lists.
You say that shop decks would survive even if weakened. We can't know but let's assume you are right and let's think about deck building. Shop is so powerful now that it is fair tradeoff to play 40 artifacts in a deck. Do you think it is a sound strategy to build a deck that rely heavily on a restricted card (probabilities to get it during any single game) more over when playing a deck with no tutor ? My point : shop decks would evolve sooner or later into more colored decks and shop would become sort of another academy. So yes, we might get new decks (maybe tezzeret or whatever) but we would loose the shop pillar because none of them would be anything related to the shop archetype.
I think the deck would still be fine and would be justifiable, since the current shops lists that are winning (because of new printings) are just so low in their mana curve they can still function without shops. People still win with the deck off hands with Ancient Tomb or Academy and all the other mana rocks they have. Those hands are substantially less powerful and less prone to create complete blowouts, but they are still really good most of the time. At that point shops functions a lot like lotus, where it can just create monumental turns early on but infrequently as you have to draw it. No one does not run lotus because they can only draw one and they get it inconsistently.
I am advocation nothing here but i think that the whole picture is more complex.
I of course agree on the complexity of the situation. Restrictions are almost never not complex, but it is a thing we just have to deal with occasionally. My stance remains that shops as a deck is just better than it has ever been, including when it had 4 lodestones, and better than it should be simply because of Workshops. In retrospect lodestone hands could often be countered by a single Bolt, Plow, or Force of will, but these modern swarm lists are not nearly as vulnerable to that.