We need massive reprints of staples within the next two years. Modern buy in prices are rapidly approaching those of legacy. And with modern and legacy at the same price I feel most players willing to drop a grand or more on a single deck will play the format with the larger card…
Yeah there is no way fetches and shocks should be in the same standard unless they want the competitive meta to be nothing but 4-5 color goodstuff.
But I don’t really see any problem with reprinting non-reserve list legacy staples (I’d like to see reserve list reprints too but apparently there is some serious internal issues with that. And wotc refuses to even talk about that)
For the reserved list, they made a promise and they aren’t going to break that promise. And if they start printing some legacy staples in modern the two formats are just going to become too similar to each other that there won’t be a point to having both of them.
But printing them in special sets doesn’t put legacy staples in modern.
Something like modern masters with a full print run would go a long way to helping the long term viability of both formats.