The MageLaughlin Group, s1e8 Mar 18, 2021 1:47:03 GMT
Post by ZephyrPhantom on Mar 18, 2021 1:47:03 GMT
Would an easy fix for Winota have been a preemptive "This card is only legal in Commander" ruling? Because we saw time and again with Ikoria, they designed for Commander, at the expense of all other formats, almost as if they never even realized how different Commander is from 60- or 75-card formats, or how detrimental attempting to force the constraints of the one on the other would be.
Personally, I think having a fixed number would indeed be difficult, since the powerlevel of the card depends massively on the effect itself (obviously). For example even thoughCommune with Nature and similar effects look at five cards, I don't think anyone ever considered it being broken and/or overpowered. Also the format the card is being played in plays a massive role as well. Winota, Joiner of Forces quite obviously looks like a card mostly aimed at the Commander format, where due to the higher variance of the format you by default need a higher value to not whiff as often - while the same card in a 60 card format's deck has a much higher chance to hit a target, even without Agent of Treachery in mind..
Just as an aside, Winota seems to lose a lot of power if Agent of Treachery (and to some extent Angrath's Marauders) isn't a legal in a format, seeing as she's still legal in Standard. She does get brewed in Modern fairly often (sometimes with this combo, sometimes not) and apparently the Angrath's Maurauder's variant was decent enough to score a few top8s in Legacy last year, but it's not exactly a card that overwhelmed every single non-Commander formats.