@hyperborea The best cards in the format are blue and workshops (and bazaar) would be my argument to you. Many of the artifacts that are very powerful are so because of the existence of Workshops as a 4 of. This is long established.
I do agree that people who play the format tend to want to play linear decks that think about answers and hate as a secondary consideration, and people can be slow to adapt even though the adaptation is there, but ultimately I still believe that vintage is a format of pillar strategies, and those pillars are dwindling because of the strength of others.
I remember when I started playing again, back around M10, Rituals were considered one of the pillar strategies, and it is now an afterthought at best. In the time since then ritual/storm has gotten very few new cards to supplement or strengthen there strategy, and the one prominent one (Gitaxian probe) got restricted, where as:
Blue based decks got Treasure Cruise, DDT, Mental Misstep, Delver, Pyromancer, Mentor, multiple Jaces, and more
Workshops got Ballistia, hangarback, Mox Opal, Spyglass, Chief of the Foundry, Steel overseer, Metamorph, Other stuff that has come and gone
Dredge got Sun titan, Bloodghast, Prized Amalgamation, Dragonlord Kolaghan, Elish Norn, Hollow One, Gurmag Angler
Look at other eternal formats of magic, and you'll find at least 10 different decks that are all viable and all play very differently, whereas with our format you really have 3-4 main strategies and then derivatives of them. It is far closer to a binary than those formats.