@brass-man I check this site everyday, I check Discord twice a week, and I look for youtube content about once a week. The format is healthy but I personally can only take so much MTGO so I play in spurts.
I am really waiting for paper events to fire again and engage with players face to face that is the part of the community that I enjoy the most.
I miss the content and articles from some of the old guard that was posting here before but have not posted in a longtime. Voices like Steve Menendian @Smmenen and Brian Kelly and others. I really appreciate the work that Joe Dyer is doing over at MTG Goldfish. I love the work that Justin Gennari @IamActuallyLvL1 is doing, and he is a true asset to the Vintage community. Vintage also gets some love from a few podcasts out there like The Eternal Glory podcast, Leaving a Legacy, and Eternal Durdles but those are all mainly Legacy casts that has some Vintage updates from time to time.
I'm not sure how we have more conversation on the site. I try to write posts to engage in conversation and most of the time I feel like I'm failing. I won't stop trying but I do not have the time to sit and write lengthy articles with tons of data points. I want to discuss strategy and innovation.
The promise of apps/sites like Discord is that you get more voices but I feel that the opposite may actually be true.
I come here is feel some since of a community but if I'm being honest it has been fading and it is noticeably less of what it used to be. I'm hoping that will turn around as we get out of Covid and people come back together.
Thanks for keeping this site going, I really appreciate your work!
@marland_moore You're running into the same kind of "limited tourney availability" that all of us have (outside of major cities). You have to drum up the support and do the organizing yourself. It's a headache and a lot of work, but I was able to get 14-person vintage tourneys for a while at a local shop when I tried years ago. If you don't go hard, you'll likely get 8 or less from just LGS players.
Old School players seem to be more willing to travel to good tourneys. They're older and have more $ in general, and while families tie them up, they will fly away for a weekend of good old school. They tend to play infrequently since OS isn't available all the time and never online. So you can enjoy local OS tourneys if you put in the work. If you build it, they will come.
@thewhitedragon69 You are absolutely correctly, that this is just is. My point here was something that @Smmenen brought up in their last podcast. Vintage has always been a format that exploits fast and free spells. My point about MH1 and MH2 is that we got a lot more "free" spells and many more fast spells that have really locked the format into it's arch types.
I'm not making a judgement, more of a statement about format identity.
One way to do this (assuming no one already has) would be to make a bot to record play draw and winners and throw it as some of the streamers YouTube vids. This would yield a fairly large data set relative to the rather small vintage community although it would have a number of unfortunate confounding factors.
@marland_moore It's easiest for LGSs because they have the audience daily and the location, but all you really need is a location and the will to put in the work to organize. You have the internet at your disposal, so between Discord, Facebook, Twitter, email, and even posting fliers at your LGS (most owners will let you if it's advertising an event that doesn't compete with their business), you should be able to cast a wide net and drum up a decent showing. It is work, and procuring the venue and prize support is the only challenge (unless you do cash split)...and you run the risk of losing $ if you do a guaranteed mox or something.
What I think you're really saying isn't that there's a lack of Vintage in Detroit...but there's a lack of Vintage events people other than yourself are putting in the effort to organize.
Thought I would mention. There's a full proxy Vintage web cam Discord now also. If you feel like playing with paper and can't (because of Covid, or your deck is worth more than your house). This is an option! https://discord.gg/T6fMwZYH