@nedleeds said in The Curious Case of Mishra's Workshop:
@smmenen said in The Curious Case of Mishra's Workshop:
The thesis of the article is that restricting Misstep will open up more strategic diversity. I have to say that I'm skeptical of that. It's true that Misstep is good against DRS and Dark Ritual, etc. But, empirically speaking, I doubt that restricting Misstep would compositionally change the Vintage metagame, in the short or long term, in any measurable way.
I disagree. 1 Misstep will change the way people approach deck building fundamentally.
I agree with this, but it doesn't compel your conclusion. I think it will lead to some fundamental deck building changes. It makes Misdirection viable again, top deck tutors better, etc.
But, I didn't deny that restricting Misstep would change deck building, even fundamentally, whatever that might mean. What I expressed skepticism over is whether restricting Misstep would "compositionally change the Vintage metagame, in any measurable way."
By "compositionally," I refer to the % admixture of Shops, Xerox, Big Blue, Dark Ritual combo, Dredge, etc. in the metagame.
I simply don't believe that restricting Mental Misstep, for example, would reduce (or increase) the % of Shop decks in the field, no matter how many indirect or secondary effects you'd like to try to point toward.
My belief is that the current Vintage metagame is a product of structural forces, not tactical effects like Misstep.
The only way I would endorse a restriction like Misstep based upon an argument like that is provisionally. If Misstep were restricted, and none of the benefits that you hoped for accrued, then, logically, you'd have to agree with it's unrestriction.
All of the available metagame evidence accumulated since Misstep was printed does not seem to support your thesis, that restricting Misstep would diversify the metagame. Until, and unless, someone can actually make a good data-based argument for this, I will likely remain a skeptic.
Did banning Misstep diversity Legacy? If not, why not? There may be a lesson there.