I've been playing Magic on and off for a number of years now. I got back into it right before M12 came out. I like playing standard because I like the pay-as-you-go approach, as opposed to dropping hundreds of dollars at once on a legacy deck. It also forces me to keep making and playing new decks, which is half the fun.
I did recently drop my collection to pick up a legacy deck, and I've been having lots of fun with it. The people at my LGS help me tweak it, and it's been smooth sailing.
I also love playing in limited formats and EDH, because they turn deck making into a skill, and forces creative play choices.
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|Favorite formats||Commander / EDH|
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The flex spots in a set are going to be used for cards that nobody saw coming. Every so often a card sneaks through the cracks and defines a format in an unexpected way. Flex spots are often used to limit the power of those cards retroactively.
That being said, those flex cards aren't tested nearly as thoroughly as the rest of the set, and often break the game in their own little ways.
Wizards used to use a testing committee called the "Future League" to test and develop cards about a year in advance, but came across serious balance issues when various sets had to interact. After a particularly terrible Standard, they created the "Future Future League", which looks ahead much farther and digs deeply into the various Standard interactions to avoid Caw Blade V2 and other such decks from emerging.
Liliana of the Veil is a much more powerful card than Force of Will . Force is only contextually strong in Legacy because of all the instant-win combos and cards. Lili is strong in every format she's legal in because she's powerful all on her own. Hell, if Force of Will was reprinted in Standard, there's a chance it wouldn't even see that much play because it's inherent card disadvantage. Without the danger of losing on the spot every turn, Force loses a lot of its sway.
That's just my thoughts there. I don't exactly expect a Force reprint.
Also, it's been mentioned before, but I'll reiterate it here. Wizards has no direct stake in the secondary card market. They have a strong incentive to print cards that will sell packs, but that's about it. Their priority is to keep Standard balanced so that people keep buying Standard-legal packs. If a hype-ey reprint generates extra interest, that's good for them, but they won't break Standard just to reprint a card.
Do it if you already have a place to play and people to play with. Don't do it just to have a deck.
there aren't any sanctioned events near you and you just want to "have" a Legacy deck so that you can play Legacy-level games, just proxy a deck or two to play around with.
High, medium, and low pricing brackets are not sorted by card quality individually. All conditions are part of the same pricing pool. Because of this, the lowest prices of cards, especially older cards, often correspond with cards that show some wear and tear.