I fall between the two camps, I would say. I personally do not like the changes, but I don't specifically see the loss of Legacy as a big deal, because I didn't find the format compelling. That said, I think something needs to be done to improve upon what we've been left with. Standard, Expanded and Theme are a given, since those reflect real life. However, it would seem that there could be a lot done with other sorts of alternate formats.
I can appreciate that the company's first interest is going to be in catering to a more casual crowd, but it seems like there aught to be something a little meatier for the more dedicated folks. This could be done in a lot of different ways. Eventually if you don't, you do start losing some people who are very into the game, which isn't great for the game/community either. It seems like every other day, there is someone who posts in the Reddit about being away from the game for a few years/months, and asking about the new metagame. My impression is that this is a large chunk of the player-base...people who play...get bored with the current metagame, but open it up again when they notice a new set at the store. It would seem extremely advantageous to keep those players playing consistently.
A few of my ideas, some of which I have put out there before, are:
- Undo the "random" rewards for the tournaments, because the new rewards are a step down to many, and a sideways step for many others. I think the idea that current boosters would always make up the main chunk of the rewards made sense. Even if that isn't the case, the completely random bundle is difficult to work with for anyone actively trading.
- Hold some sorts of larger tournaments (more than just 8 players), perhaps satellites into weekly tournaments to break it up into chunks. This would be a slight departure from the special 24 ticket tournaments in that it would involve more players, instead of a higher ticket cost to enter, but it would similarly award better/more prizes.
One possible way that this could work would be that you could win a higher tier of tickets (I'll call it an "EX ticket" in Pokemon-speak) by participating in specifically marked tournaments, instead of boosters. Those tickets could be used during special weekend tournaments (once again, I will call them "EX tournaments") that awarded better prizes. Optionally, one would have to use the same deck used to win the EX ticket in the EX tournament. One may or may not be able to obtain more than one EX ticket in a week, depending on the details.
- Special tournaments for rare promo bundles, real-life cards, etc. This could be tied into the EX tournaments described above or not.
- Tournaments that followed more of an real-life format to eliminate some of the luck involved. Once again, probably limited to a certain time window, like a holiday period or weekend where dedicated players would have incentive to play the game in a less casual way.
- Add special (even if random) awards exclusive to tournament winners. Most likely, this would be a promo card of some sort.
- Create special formats in lieu of the old special challenges. For a certain window of time, announce a format that can be played in addition to the main three formats. The range of options boggles the mind (I would love to see standard or expanded with Lysandre and Guzma blacklisted for example). While each new format may not get a huge number of people involved, it would be a challenge for the hard-core folks. Some might even level the playing field for newer players (blacklisted Lele and/or Shaymin, no EX/GX). The main point of this would be to give the hardcore players something to do when the lulls hit (the metagame gets stale and no new sets are coming out soon).
- Improve the game interface for trading, tournaments and chat by allowing the use of smaller or scale-able fonts. So much of the game interface is clunky, outdated and functions poorly. In my mind, the biggest obstacle to the game being more immersive and compelling is that as soon as you step outside of the actual games, the interface is brutal. It is really hard to justify spending any time in the trade channels when everything goes by so quickly, is compressed in a small area, etc. (Nevermind the horribly overactive censor)
- Bring back some form of chat in normal versus games beyond the extremely limited chat available now.
Those are just a few of many ideas.