This is my response to today's development article:
58105658 wrote:I like that they planned tools to push for fewer colors, but I think the hybrid cards are an awful place to do that. By definition, hybrid should be played by more decks. A blue/black hybrid card can be played in white-blue, blue-black, blue-red, black-red, monoblue, monoblack, etc. If it has too many hybrid symbols, it can only be played in blue-black, monoblue and monoblack (okay, when the manabases are crazy, you can splash or whatever, but it's harder).
But you know what restricts a lot already? Gold. If you don't want people splashing, use many colored symbols. I hate when the line of gold and hybrid is blurred (and people often think of hybrids as gold cards, especially with the guild watermark and everything). Demigod of Revenge and friends was fun because it was one cycle in a block with other hybrid cards, the exception. With only three hybrid cards per color pair, I think it's irresponsible to put that many hybrid intensive cards.
Boros Reckoner could have cost , and it wouldn't be played except in Boros because part of why it's good is that you can ensure it lands on turn three. The same with Nightveil Specter if it cost . And it's not like you are trying to push monowhite decks using the Reckoner or monoblue decks using the already-awkward-with-few-colors Specter.
Then you would have had slots to put on hybrid cards that are actually exciting by any deck that played either color. Something to think about.
Which pretty much explains my worries. Less cards like Demigod of Revenge, Mistmeadow Witch and Cankerous Thirst. They can be done with gold.
For reference, here's RTR block hybrid cards that have many hybrid symbols in their cost:
Frostburn Weird - Though it may be because it's very pushed.
Deathrite Shaman - Not exactly, but the card is asking for versatility, and the green side is a bit too crappy compared to using both colors.
Sundering Growth - Though, again, the effect is powerful, and you may want it in other decks because you're not pressured to play it on turn two consistently.