Gotcha Scale

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The Gotcha Scale is a ranking of the likelihood that a given mechanic will be reprinted in future Silver-bordered sets. Mechanics are ranked from 1 (very likely) to 10 (very unlikely).

The Gotcha Scale is analogous to the Storm Scale for mechanics. The Storm Scale is named for the storm mechanic, which has proven so developmentally problematic that it will almost certainly never be reprinted in a Standard-legal set. In the same way, the Gotcha Scale is named for the Gotcha mechanic, which will almost certainly never be used in an un-set because it makes games un-fun to play.

Though it is published by Mark Rosewater, it is only a reflection of his opinion and generalities about the plane. It does not account for any actual future plans, or the opinions of other R&D members.

Descriptive rankings[edit | edit source]

As described in Storm Scale the following rankings apply:

  • Level 1: Will definitely see again
  • Level 2: Will definitely see again, but not necessarily right away
  • Level 3: Will most likely do again, probably many times
  • Level 4: Will most likely do again, but they have issues that make them less of a guarantee
  • Level 5: We need to find the right place to bring it back, but I'm optimistic
  • Level 6: We need to find the right place to bring it back, but I'm a little less optimistic
  • Level 7: It's unlikely to return, but possible if the right environment comes along
  • Level 8: It's unlikely to return, but possible if the stars align
  • Level 9: I never say never, but this would require a minor miracle
  • Level 10: I never say never, but this would require a major miracle

Gotcha scale rankings[edit | edit source]

MechanicLatest rankingTimeline
Augment7
Contraptions8
Dice rolling1
Gotcha10
Hiding cards5
Host7
Long card names8
Outside assistance3
Physical dexterity2
Ripping Cards10
Squirrellink7
Subgame3
Wordy5

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