What bugs me about the changes is that they seemed to deliberately target that “satisfaction”, and rather than improving their user’s experience, they threw up obstacles that are universally perceived to reduce the feeling of satisfaction that their users get from engaging with the site. Then they expect people to pay for the chance to have a satisfying experience, instead of heading over to sfxartist.com, elfwood.com, deviantart.com, pixeljoint.com, or any of the other wonderful art communities that exist on the internet.
They built something really great that had a lot of community engagement and brand loyalty… then they squandered it. Their team figured out a good way to promote digital scarcity, then someone decided to remove the features that people liked and introduced a system where many cards will literally never be published or will have a single-digit print run. They chased a lot of collectors and artists away, but there are a lot of people still on the fence; I hope they figure out a solution before the community dissolves altogether.