Hello, and welcome to this week's installment of Sullivan's Satchel. I'm writing this the day that several companions were banned in older formats, including what amounts to the first power level ban in Vintage in Lurrus of the Dream-Den. This wave of bans was coupled with the declaration that more extreme measures, like functional changes to the mechanic, could be explored if these bans proved insufficient. A change to the rules is an extreme measure, but maybe it's preferable to scattershot bans across some or all of Magic's competitive Constructed formats. Companions are the perfect mechanic for 2020, where every day feels like an eternity. I would take "settled" over "optimized for the most fun" with whatever the ultimate decision is, at this point.
I do stand by the position that companions had their heart in the right place. I point to Obosh, the Preypiercer as the model for what could have been. A real deckbuilding requirement that made people dig deep to fill out a list, dynamically changed the cards you played with once it enters the battlefield, and expensive enough such that the games involving it don . . .