@aniso oh yeah, I think I remember that. That's awesome.
I really feel like the only thing holding Vintage back is card availability and the relatively small amount of promotion it gets.
When I started writing about Vintage, I realized nobody was writing about it weekly, so I just figured I'd do it.
I get a lot of people coming up to me to tell me they decided to buy into Vintage after reading my stuff. That's the outcome I've hoped for!
I have tens of thousands of dollars into cards that I can't play, because the pillar I've spent tens of thousands of dollars on can't compete like it could a year ago.
Workshops aren't fine, and they're not going to be fine until something is done, but the majority of Vintage players play blue, so it's only ever going to be an unpopular position among a few people while we watch the rest of the format play their blue spells.
I am not trying to provoke here, but am genuinely curious if you still hold this view. After all, Workshops just won another major event (the Waterbury). It's now won the two largest and most prestigious USA Vintage tournaments held this year, after the restriction of Golem. And, it didn't just win the event, but by at least some accounts (like those @Montolio gave), it was at the top tables all day, and placed multiple players in the top 8 and 9th place).
As I said just 14 days ago:
Personally, I don't feel that it was a flash in the pan. I think Montolio has to be a near odds-on favorite piloting Workshops at any event in the near future... Workshops aren't dead; and they certainly aren't unplayable. If Montolio could win back to back major tournaments just 50 days ago, I think he's more than capable of doing it again.
The only thing I got wrong was that Montolio ended up in 9th (losing a win-and-in), and Will won the tournament instead :)
If Workshops "can't compete" or isn't viable (or "fine"), then what would it actually take to prove to you that it is? I mean, it's difficult to imagine how it could have done much better. If Workshops win the Vintage championship will you be convinced? What would it take?
Having all of the decklists from this available is a cool way to see exactly how 157 Vintage players approached one of the biggest and most prestigious events of the year, by seeing exactly how they each built their decks. Thanks again to Matt and Ryan for all of their hard work on this. Enjoy!
@Aaron-Patten something i would like to say about the classification of decks is that while what cards are in it are important, i think how the deck plays is the best way to classify them, the best example i can think of is if a sylvan mentor deck were playing a single mana drain dosnt make it a mana drain deck. i think thats what you meant as one of the more involved ways but i still wanted to put that out there.