@13nova Heh, you're playing the right deck than. I wouldn't mind getting back to Modern, but I don't have a lot of inclination to play another format at the moment. I started building Legacy Elves last year, but I'm still shy quite a bit to fully build it money wise (obviously the Cradle's). Though, I'm not sure how often I'd play regardless. That's my hesitation on building this legacy deck or starting a modern one. Do I want to spend MORE money on something I'll use rarely?
@moorebrother1 For what it's worth, I find streaming MTGO much more satisfying and fulfilling than just playing MTGO. It's much more social -- you're usually getting questions or suggestions from friends in your chat. (But it's also a lot harder to play well / not time out / keep track of things, and it's definitely not for everyone.)
@moorebrother1 Yeah, I'm like 15 cards from the default list I'm building from, which is still about 60-70 percent of the cost (I'm guessing). 4 Gaea's Cradle, couple cheap lands, fetch lands, 1 more bayou and a couple of random creatures, instants. But it's like, damn. lol Well, if they ever restrict workshop, I'd have the money to finish it (or buy a bunch of duals again haha).
In the mean time, I'll play EDH with friends, pauper online, and vintage when I can.
@moorebrother1 I think that there is a certain weight to having the cards in paper/person as well that just can never be there on MTGO. You either have to have quite the tenure, have traded like mad to get in or just really threw a lot of cash at the game to play paper vintage - that requires a lot more dedication to the format than someone who easily acquires the digital alternative ...
MTGO does not work for me. It takes away too much of what drives me to play. I appreciate that it exists for other people, but the thing that keeps me playing vintage is our monthly gatherings and community. If not for that, i would probably just be playing oldschool at my house.
I'm at a point in my life where being able to play Magic is a luxury that I can't afford to do with drama involved. I deleted my Twitter account and Reddit account that I was primarily using for Magic related topics, because the Magic "culture" portrayed on those channels isn't the Magic that I encounter in real life, with this Left vs Right culture war permeating everything online. The internet of the late 90s seemed so much more exciting for us Magic players, now it's hard for me to stay interested in any social media because it so easily falls off track.
I'll stick to the Vintage Facebook group and this website, and other sites like Eternal Central for my article fix.. I mostly lurk on both of them, but at least they don't have all the drama on them (well, not as much drama, i'd say).
Just had a taste of the current vintage "community" on MODO last night myself. I played in the tournament practice room just to kill time while overseeing a panel discussion at work (it was boring). Obviously, I could not focus too much and made a big mistake in the game. Sure it was a stupid play and I immediately noticed it myself and just laughed at myself in the chat. Opponent replied by writing that I was too stupid to ready (he meant read but apparently can't learn English properly himself...) what the cards do. Then he quit. I mean, what does a reply like that accomplish? Does that make him feel good? By being a jerk? I was just baffled... nonetheless, I still feel that the community is generally good and very friendly and welcoming. It's just that one bad incident like the one I had undoes so much of the good stuff in the community in one instance.
Yeah, I guess it's all symptomatic of the Greater Internet Fuckhead Theory: anonymity+poor socialization+lack of consequences=acting like a flaming anus online. Most people aren't like that IRL, so I tend to play paper Magic exclusively. But no vintage in my area, so I console myself with Legacy and looking down my nose at Modern and Standard players.