I guess the difference in my eyes is that, well, Neither of the cards mentioned are considered staple cards, even for their colors.even in Best of 1. They just arent strong enough for the meta, Crushing Canopy was often preferred for decks running green compared to a similar effect at the same cmc, that also could heal or be a body, because killing a flyer is more relevant than being a body.
Ravager Wurm is just a bad card, at least until rotation, when the game could be different for it. Theres a reason its at mythic rarity and sub 1 dollar, its not particularly playable, and two flavor-based abilities doesnt make it a bo1 designed card. it’s closer to an exarch than anything else. Overcosted for stats, but a themed ETB. The difference being, killing non mana lands or fighting a creature is often just not really enough to matter, compared to brutalizer’s tutor or tuck.
No one is arguing Bo1 isnt drastically different in terms of depth or the way the game is played/constructed. but arguing that Arena’s only thing is best of one, just seems like a mistake, it’s not… I could have read a similar article on CFB or any old MTG blog from someone who is just being curmudgeonly about a new thing. Cameron does really good work, so it was surprising to see this article come out with that name on it.
Its also odd that “wotc is designer for a thing that isnt tournament” which, even if true, isnt new either. there are TONS of unplayable cards aimed at kitchen table play. you can pick up half any set on release and get more use out of them as coasters than even sideboarded. Because big chunks of sets arent designed for constructed standard bo3. thats been the case essentially for every mainline set. Why would it be even a noticable deal if not for some resentment in the mtg community for a new platform, some of which stems from elitism, some from bigotry (women or femme players who play mtg arena tend to get harassed a lot more than similar demographics in hearthstone), some from concern about change.
I don’t know. i just didnt a piece that reads more like those complaining blogposts than a waypoint article.