Getting a group of Magic players to agree on anything is almost impossible. Ask a draft pod about their favorite format, the best deck in Standard, or-God forbid-whether Magic is better now than it was five years ago, and you'll end up with a squabbling mess.
There is one issue, however, that everybody seems to agree on: the Reserved List is a bad, stupid, backwards policy that is at best inconvenient and at worse actively killing two of the game's best formats. The best thing that WotC could do right now is to kick the Reserved List to the curb and start drafting plans toward reprinting many of the game's most iconic cards.
And since that seems to be the consensus viewpoint, the rebellious side of me felt the need to write an article about why the Reserved List is actually good. Or, at least, that's it's not that bad.
"But Chas," you say, "You once wrote an entire article entitled ' I Hate The Reserved List !' Surely this is some kind of stunt designed to generate a massive amount of traffic for StarCityGames as 50,000 angry Magic players angrily scroll through your article, skim a few lines, and then shout at you in the comments section!"
To which I say…well, yeah, kind of. I expect most people to read this article and still want the Reserved List to be abolished, preferably immediately. And that's okay! If I were in charge of these things, I'd probably axe the Reserved List, too.
But I've read hundreds of articles about why the Reserved List is bad, and not a single one discussing its benefits. And-yes-the Reserved List does have some benefits. Do they outweigh its problems? That's for you to decide. The only personal stance I'm going to be taking in this piece is that there's an entire side to this discussion that we're just not having right now.
Welcome to the other side.