@smmenen said in Reverting cards to original functionality:
The errata on Chaos Orb is anything but arbitrary: it directly addresses what most people consider to be the fundamental problems with the card. In my experience, this errata works exceptionally well, and balances the interests in having Chaos Orb be an actual card you can play with against the interests in addressing the fundamental problems with the card.
That depends on what you are referring to when you say the errata is arbitrary or not - the choice of errata used, or the decision that a card needs errata in the first place.
Most formats simply ban dexterity cards alongside ante cards and call it a day. If you want to re-design the cards so they're usable in a casual format, by all means. But, the choice to re-write Chaos Orb specifically and not, say, Darkpact, Demonic Attorney, or Contract from Below is an arbitrary one.
This is actually the one thread I feel like you and I never really were on the same page with when you were teaching me errata policy in the first place. That is: even if you have a preferred errata policy that you would apply to a card, you still need to decide which cards need that treatment and which do not. Some card's function changes when rules change, some do not. Some cards get their original text or original function restored, some do not.
That meta-errata decision is probably the one where Wizards' "do the most good for the most people" approach
really does work. And, not just in the direction of changing original text, either -- it also applies in terms of reverting the card to its original function or text. To continue my previous example, I can forsee people objecting to making Contract from Below legal no matter how you try to re-design it because it quickly becomes the most broken card in Magic. Perhaps this is the same impulse that stays Wizards' hand when it comes to the cards like Lotus Vale. (Based on my e-mails with Tabak, I think it is.)
Put another way, when is Wizards supposed to care about a card enough to change the current Oracle wording? Why is Ring of Ma'Ruf or Djinn worthy of any attention at all? Should we revert all "harmless" cards? Does it matter if they were reprinted with new text?