I know this topic has probably been done to death on every MtG forum, but looking at Arena right now (and at WotC employees' responses to queries), it seems like best of 1 matches are the way forward for the near future at least. More troubling is the way best of 3 is being made more and more inaccessible. You need to flick a switch (from Arena Play Modes to All Play Modes) and then look through the side menu to even find it. Even if you find it, it doesn't contribute to the ladder rank. Direct challenge matches are also best of 1 (made the Arena Twitch Rivals matches a pain).
What does this mean for Arena, and even Magic as a whole? I have nothing against best of 1, and I do enjoy some best of 1 in some formats (like draft or singleton, and of course kitchen table games), but best of 3 has always been the essence of Magic for me, especially competitive Magic. Sideboarding is a wonderful thing that really sets Magic apart from other TCGs and I feel that the Arena team's current 'agenda' is pushing that away. I don't want the game to lose what makes it special. BO1 has its own issues: being at the mercy of RNG and mana flood/screw, fast aggro >> slow reactive decks, entire archetypes being unplayable, goldfish decks that don't survive sideboarding taking centre stage, etc. Why shouldn't best of 3 be advertised with the same amount of visibility? Why shouldn't it contribute to season rank? Not to mention Arena is now a way to qualify for Pro Tours Mythic Championships, which will of course be best of 3. Or will they?
This raises all sorts of questions, and the possible answers make me uneasy. What are your thoughts on this, Cardsmith Community? What's your take on best of 1 vs best of 3? Which would you rather play, and why? Do you agree/disagree with any of the points I've raised? Let's have a discussion!