A couple of people have brought up the idea that Wizards won't risk altering the RL list because there isn't enough incentive, because these players are such a minority. But I don't exactly agree with that. They already have way to completely remove the barrier to entry without intervening with the RL policy at all, which is to simply ban all RL cards in all formats.
New Legacy; this would honestly be a miserable format. It would be marginally different than Modern, only slightly bumped up because of some stuff like FoW an Brainstorm. It will still be a terrible aggro format since everyone is paying like 8 life off their lands.
It is a really poor gameplay/game design decision to just ban cards based on their price or availability. Bans always have been, and should be, based on power level and effect on format.
And Vintage with no RL would be even worse... Would there even be a reason to make two identical card pool sets and just randomly decide to have different balists? Reserve list cards is what makes these formats.
but what I'm suggesting by the loss of faith is that even if the lawsuit couldn't happen (like with banning all RL cards, rather than reprinting them) or if the lawsuit happened and WOTC won, the consequences would still be pretty much the same. People would quit, investors would leave, and WOTC would lose a lot of money. I'm saying the market is a bigger factor in addition to the litigation.
Investors and collectors of the reserve list are not the people who are buying standard packs. Standard packs are mostly consumed by standard and limited players, most of whom do not play legacy and vintage.
@The_Gremlin_Lord Not really sure any part of your terrible attitude is helping, so if that's how you feel maybe you should find yourself somewhere else instead.
Hypothetical card design ideas here are not intended to inspire Wotc or gain legitimacy (or at least i didn't think anyone thought they were drawing Wotc attention), so i kind of think you are missing the point, which is discussion among fans about what we could see, want to see, or should see.