@hierarchnoble Wouldn't that be great? Seachrome Coast as plains-island is too strong though.
So what? Anything that isn't at least situationally better / worse than original duals winds up being just sub-optimal choice. What we really need is cards that truly are a legitimate choice when put up against cards on the RL.
If you print something that's functionally the same as old duals, then Old Duals will plummet in price and the result will be the same as breaking the RL. That's what the functional reprint problem is, it prevents them from creating cards that'll make RL cards directly obsolete and lose value.
I'd really like to see the quotation that you were talking about where someone from WotC said that printing cards "as powerful" as Reserve List cards is somehow prohibited. I don't remember seeing that, and it would be helpful to see.
I never said Wizards said that.
While Helldozer might be older, many other cards that are essentially just upgrades to RL cards are not:
- Portent is a colorshifted and dramatically improved Natural Selection.
- Farmstead has been improved upon several times, most closely by Ghost-Lit Redeemer and Fountain of Youth.
- Sedge Troll got colorshifted to Hedge Troll and got a better creature type in Sedge Sliver (as someone pointed out).
These cards are all before the Wizards recommited to the RL. You may think this is irrelevant, but it's not. They don't do that stuff anymore (to a certaind extent).
And, there are also examples of cards that are at least AS good as RL cards:
- Cryptoplasm is a Vesuvan Doppleganger for 2 less mana that does not ETB as the target.
- Veteran Bodyguard has been replaced by many cards that are at least as good for what you might use him for, including Palisade Giant, Protector of the Crown, etc.
- Roc of Kher Ridges has so many 3/3 fliers for 4 with more upside in Red than you can imagine.
And so on. All of these cards are functionally different; some are colorshifted, some work slightly differently, but they all slot right in for their older counterpart in reasonably relevant circumstances, no sweat. So, I have a very hard time believing that the RL alone stops WotC from making cards at least as good as those on the RL.
RL doesn't copyright effects. You saying that every 3/3 red flyers break the Reserved List is just... I can't even.
The thing it the line between functional reprint and being OK is thin, and as far as I know not as clear. But you can't say Treasure Cruise is the same as Ancestral Recall just because the card draws 3 - so I wouldn't say they're functional reprints. Porphyry Nodes IS a functional reprint to Drop of Honey but, as I said, that was before they changed RL policy.
No, I think it's more likely that WotC just realizes that making cards as powerful as original duals or the Power 9 blows up whatever format they're in. Even if you print direct to eternal. It's a power level concern, not a RL concern, as far as I can tell. If you have a quotation to the contrary, please do let me know.
They can release products anyway they want now. They can release a new set and say every new card released there is Vintage-only or Vintage/Legacy only. It won't break anything since they solved that kind of problem and can do whatever.
EDIT: of course, releasing P9-alike cards would break Vintage in many ways, so there IS a power concern there. It's not a coincidence that every "new P9" concept people have thrown around for years always try to account for that. So yeah, printing new P9 is not something doable. The focus is probably Legacy and the easier problem to solve that is the dual lands.