I think that the Workshop pillar has by and large lost its ability to adapt and change to the metagame. The Ravager TKS deck practically builds itself and as results have shown is obviously quite strong, but this is because it preys on Gush decks. I don't really know if Workshops could adapt to Gush getting restricted, but for better or worse the metagame has revolved around Gush Tokens decks far longer than Lodestone Golem or Chalice of the Void have been restricted.
I miss the days when I could switch between Kuldotha Forgemaster, Smokestack and Null Rod based Workshop decks depending on how the field was changing. Now the metagame has for the most part stagnated, with the major changes being people deciding between which Gush deck is best. Conspiracy has a good chance of shaking up the format as does the Banned and Restricted announcement for Kaladesh.
@Arianeira I agree. This is by far the cheapest competitive Vintage deck. With card costs spiraling beyond the wildest dreams of WotC, JacoDrazi provides a cheap entry point to non-proxy events, which is much needed. Dredge is now a $2600+ deck (for regular "anti-hate" Dredge package), while Pitch Dredge (Force of Will and Dark Depths transormational sideboard) is closer to $4000+. By contrast, JacoDrazi is about $1000 unproxied (or even as low as <$350 with 15 proxies, as one reader recently pointed out to me).
@10k I'll be back again later this month for a few days... Hardly long enough for a league though.
There are Legacy events on the 15th and 22nd. If you're not around for those, feel free to bring a deck of the format of your choice and we'll slap some games whenever we can fit 'em.
I maintian that this is relevant to overall conversation because one of the events is a proxy event... #MTGUnderground
The real trick is to activate stoneforge mystic in response to the TKS. That way you can play the jitte and he has to choose something else.
Jitte sure has a lot of text. I probably would have chose to exile it too, just to avoid reading.
@snowydude fair. Questioning why is slightly different than not knowing it was restricted. Part of the reason Preordain hasn't been restricted is because Ponder was already restricted when Preordain was printed. Had they both been printed when Brainstorm and Ponder were axed, Preordain would have likely joined them.
@feldon808 I think a hybrid probably makes the most sense. See my recent list from the TSI top 4 in the tournament results for what I am talking about, still running 4 displacer 3 TKS and new thalia. Deck felt really solid. I just wish I had some better sideboard options against Mentor (the card itself, the rest of the deck is fine, it is just fast mentors that i have been having problems with).
If you take a look at that link, you'll see that the EE4 results are now on MTGGoldfish.
It would be really nice if they were able to collect enough tournament results to get a look at the entire metagame. Getting all that info in one spot is fantastic.