Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017



  • @ChubbyRain

    "Sigh, are we really going to have to do this every week Ryan and I put one of these out?"

    God forbid we voice our opinions on the current metagame or B&R list!

    You are dealing with humans that have invested money into a game they are passionate about. Of course we are going to speak up on one of the largest public vintage forums available to us.

    NO ONE by any means should be deterring anyone from voicing their opinions about the B&R list or the metagame.



  • @HouseOfCards I don't disagree that we should have a platform to discuss such things, but doing it on the (now) weekly MTGO Vintage Challenge metagame report isn't really the place to have such a discussion. There should be (and already is) other threads on the matter.


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    @vaughnbros said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    I think you could formulate a survey that could potentially determine the best parameters for a format.

    but who do you give the survey to? :\



  • @Khahan
    "Honestly if this is your perception there is no point in talking."

    If you think they there is no point in talking, then why are you responding?

    "You claim you can't be consistent enough but you do realize that if every sphere effect were restricted you would still have trinisphere, sphere of reistance, thorn of amethyst, lodestone golem for 4 sphere effects to make things cost more mana and 1 strip mine and 4 wastelands, 1 chalice of the void and 4 revokers to chip away at the mana base. That's almost 25% of your deck that screws with mana in other decks."

    Having only 4 spheres effects, a chalice, 5 waste effects and 4 revokers in a deck to chip away at a mana base won't actually impact the mana base substantially. We would have to draw all of these cards together and more often than not or have the nut draw every game. As it stands currently, thorns/spheres aren't impacting things enough vs blue decks. They just play more lands to mitigate resistors. If the current resistors were enough, shops would make up the majority of top 8s as we would be smashing all the blue decks. As you can see, shops isn't making up the majority of top8s. Blue decks are. Sure, blue decks are a larger portion of the meta, however, their percentages they make up of top 8's are either equal to or greater than the percentage of their appearance in the meta game. Shops is the opposite. I think looking closely from that window tells a bigger tale that should be looked at closely.

    Thorns/Spheres are currently only serving as early game speed bumps. Blue decks more often than not power through them. All blue decks had to do was run more lands to mitigate these effects. Have you refused to adapt to spheres by running more lands? Are your opponents just getting the best nut draw possible vs you lately? Are you getting unlucky in your draws? If I have the nut draw, sure i'll use my revoker on a mox. If I don't, It is extremely risky for me to name a mox as blue decks eventually have enough mana to cast spells that can swing the board-state into their favor. This could range from anywhere to planeswalkers and vault-key Using revokers to name mox has become more of a risk these days than reward imo.

    If you took away 3 thorns, we literally need the nut draw EVERY game to compete. We would need you to never play basic lands so our wastelands would be useful as a taxing effect as they are part of the 25% that you quoted. That's also not accounting for all of blue's permission either.

    While you might think it is annoying that a portion of our deck messes with the mana of others, that is what shops is designed to do. We rarely win games when we are unable to mess with your mana. Do you just want shops to be a deck that drops dudes and allows blue to do whatever they please casting multiple spells a turn in succession while still being able to say no through all the permission spells they run in their deck?

    The picture is bigger than you think.

    On a sidenote, the complaints about taxing decks I find are silly. We've lost 6 taxing slots in the last couple years and have not received any replacements. Players often use the phrase "it is un-fun to play against" to justify restricting certain cards. Do people find it fun playing vs decks packed with a dozen permission spells? At least with taxing decks, you know what you can/can't do. When facing permission it is more of a false hope as i'm hoping i get my spell through.

    If you take away more taxing effects, the game becomes less and less of a song/dance and more decided on cards like force of will/mana drain into a win/con or combo.



  • @enderfall It's a metagame report. Of course we are going to make comments about the metagame and the things that shape it. There is nothing wrong with people saying things such as it being a circle jerk of mentor/outcome/shops. It is directly related to the report lol.



  • @HouseOfCards said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    @enderfall It's a metagame report. Of course we are going to make comments about the metagame and the things that shape it. There is nothing wrong with people saying things such as it being a circle jerk of mentor/outcome/shops. It is directly related to the report lol.

    You most certainly can talk about the REPORT without devolving into a B&R bitch fest within 1.25 posts.



  • @enderfall If you don't like to read things that play a role in shaping the meta, then scroll past it. You can also block other users.


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    @nedleeds said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    @desolutionist said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    @MSolymossy said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    @desolutionist Misstep has value against Paradox to the point of boarding my 3rd one in this weekend in Michigan, because Top, Mana Vault, Sol Ring, and if they play it, Key are extremely important. Paradox blows you out with Mana Vault, Mana Crypt, and Sol Ring to the point where it has better value than other cards in my deck most-often.

    If I start countering artifact mana, my Mox monkey will starve... I understand theirs ways to use Misstep against Outcome, but is that use strategically better than other options?

    Back up. How are you resolving Mox Monkey again? Cavern on Ape? :)

    You bait out their Misstep with Ancestral and then take a 4 for 1 with Mox Monkey 👊


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    @desolutionist I'm loving the idea of Monkey being back in the format as an anti-Outcome card, by the way. Kind of a Null Rod for decks that can't run Null Rod. If you could kill Artifact Creatures with it, it would be mind-blowing.



  • @HouseOfCards scroll past pages worth of drivel? Sorry if I don't want to get arthritis in my thumb trying to see the metagame trends as what they are, metagame trends, instead of rehashing the same freaking argument every single week as if we start from the beginning. But sure, I'll just scroll over all the infighting when there is already a thread to discuss these things. I'm the problem. Got it.



  • @Brass-Man Your target audience for the format.



  • @Brass-Man Manglehorn has been one of my best cards VS outcome


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    @Brass-Man said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    @ChubbyRain said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    Sigh, are we really going to have to do this every week Ryan and I put one of these out?

    Yup.

    People can't help themselves.

    B&R threads are toxic and I'm 100% sure they've done more harm to format than unrestricted Lodestone, Gush, Brainstorm, or Trinisphere ever did. I'm also pretty sure they're completely unstoppable.

    No, what's toxic is when players lobby the DCI to restrict cards to help make their pet decks or preferred style of play better or more viable. That's what's toxic.

    It's most corrosive when those players represent a minority of players.

    That was a master stroke by @wappla posting Demars quote from 4 years ago. When the DCI tries to make Mana Drain decks more viable or manipulates the format by listening to a vocal minority (especially Mana Drain pilots), they really screw up the format, and generate resentment among other players.


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    An Oath deck in the top eight again? Gross. Stone Forge Mystic? I am SO SICK of all the Stone Forge Mystic decks we've had to deal with over the past few years.

    Seriously though as someone who has to comb through deck lists week after week is is a nice tall refreshing glass of something different these days. Sure, I see plenty of decks that haven't changed much since World War G happened, but we didn't want to make all those decks disappear completely did we? Didn't we want some diversity and whatnot? @desolutionist has been finishing well with GIFTS UNGIVEN FFS. The deck that won this vintage event had as many Stone Forges as it had Mentors, and that hasn't been a thing since 2015 as far as I can tell.

    Maybe I am being too optimistic but I don't think the format is ruined.


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    I feel like I'm watching a dog chase his tail.



  • @Smmenen said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    When the DCI tries to make Mana Drain decks more viable or manipulates the format by listening to a vocal minority (especially Mana Drain pilots), they really screw up the format.

    Maybe this is what the DCI tried and maybe it isn't. I'd rather not get into that, but you seem to suggest here that there's some sort of secret cabal of Mana Drain players who meet in dark corners and conspire to lobby for cards to be restricted. I'm stretching the imagination here a bit, but there is an accusatory tone to your statements, which I feel is really unwarranted.

    What's more likely is that people speak out when they're not having fun, in their own subjective view, and offer suggestions on how to fix it. This is what happens in almost every game with rotating "balance". This is the sort of thing that happens on a daily basis in most game forums. Sometimes their solutions are correct and sometimes it isn't. It's up to the DCI to listen to such complaints but come to their own conclusions on how to solve the problem.

    It's easy to dismiss complaints as having no merit and become jaded. In fact, every complaint has merit, but the solution offered with the complaint might not be the optimal one.

    And if we really want to speak about lobbying to get cards restricted, might I point to the list of workshop cards that were lobbied for? I don't think that was for the benefit of Mana Drain.

    I also really dislike how weekly metagame reports devolve into B&R discussions. I'm the last person to say they don't belong on the website. Gone are the days when you can forbid such talk because it'll simply happen elsewhere. But perhaps we can have a sticky or something where all the grousing can go, similar to how The Source does it?


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    @Hrishi said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    @Smmenen said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    When the DCI tries to make Mana Drain decks more viable or manipulates the format by listening to a vocal minority (especially Mana Drain pilots), they really screw up the format.

    Maybe this is what the DCI tried and maybe it isn't. I'd rather not get into that, but you seem to suggest here that there's some sort of secret cabal of Mana Drain players who meet in dark corners and conspire to lobby for cards to be restricted. I'm stretching the imagination here a bit, but there is an accusatory tone to your statements, which I feel is really unwarranted.

    No, what you said is unwarranted. It is your imagination as I never said (or implied) any of that.

    My tone is angry, not accusatory.

    Regardless of how good the format is or not right now, Vintage players have a right to be furious with DCI management of the format right now.

    I also really dislike how weekly metagame reports devolve into B&R discussions.

    The author of this report invite them by not keeping it to the facts, such as comments like this ("Note that these mentor decks were all quite different, and in general the metagame is still changing rapidly."), which clearly reflect a point of view (trying to put a more positive spin on the current state of the metagame). Stick to just the facts, ma'am.

    The players complaining about the format right now are 100% justified in their complaints and their anger. Complaining about people complaining is silly.



  • The entire B&R argument can be summed up as:

    "Paper's too OP we should restrict it; but Scissors are fine" ~ Rock.

    A B&R should not be used to cater to pet decks. I think the format is adapting fairly well, as we tend to see different decks on the weekly challenge top 8s. Who knows, maybe more blue decks top 8 because people like playing blue. May dredge doesn't top as much because people think it's boring.



  • @Smmenen This isn't about people complaining, it's about people overgeneralizing based on the results of a 50 person tournament. Seriously, there are Friday Night Magic events larger than these events and anyone with a basic knowledge statistics and variance should know better. Yet, people like you are jumping on these results, saying others have perpetuated a "fraud" against the Vintage community. People have a right to complain. People have a right to be angry with and/or disagree with the DCI's decisions. It would be hypocritical of me to think otherwise. I would prefer these people create their own threads detailing their frustrations rather than lobbing one-liners about "circle jerks" in the events that happen to fit their narrative.

    @wappla While fun might be arbitrary on an individual basis, it is not arbitrary on a collective basis. Many of Maro's points in his recent Metamorphasis 2.0 article discussed player reactions and feedback. He used the word "fun" three times, the word "enjoy" four times, and "(un)happy" three times. Insisting that Wizards not consider entertainment in their management, design, and policy concerning Magic in its many formats seems completely contrary to the goals of their company and ultimately unrealistic.


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    @ChubbyRain said in Vintage Challenge - 6/10/2017:

    @Smmenen This isn't about people complaining, it's about people overgeneralizing based on the results of a 50 person tournament. Seriously, there are Friday Night Magic events larger than these events and anyone with a basic knowledge statistics and variance should know better. Yet, people like you are jumping on these results, saying others have perpetuated a "fraud" against the Vintage community.

    It doesn't take that long to understand the impact of a restriction. You make it seem like it takes months to know.

    The only thing that sometimes takes a long time is for players to figure out how to abuse a new card (like Gifts Ungiven, which took a good 6 months before it really started seeing heavy play). The impact of a restriction is usually manifested very shortly. Restrictions aren't like new printings.

    My comments about the post-restriction metagame are based both on the underlying empirical data (which we now have 4 Challenges of data), and my understanding of the metagame and format, after having closely watched metagame cycles for more than 15 years now.

    You are on record agreeing with me that at least some of the DCI's predictions won't come true, and you did this before the results started rolling in. So, your opinion isn't entirely formed by underlying facts either, but an understanding of the metagame structure as well. Thus far, the facts fit the theory, and that's why players are upset. I am an empiricist, but I don't think we really need much more data to see the direction this metagame is headed.


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