@thewhitedragon69 said in Counterspells:
In reality, Player B was solitairing and Player A was basically draw/land/pass for all intents and purposes. Player A may well have never sat down at the table and would have been as much "in the game."
I think the issue is not so much "Interactivity" which feels like a very squishy concept, as it is that players, especially people who enjoy the other eternal formats, (at least in my experience, please feel free to flame me out on this) have a distaste for playing against Unfair, Linear strategies which tend to crop up in Vintage. This is true, despite the fact that being able to execute/thwart degenerate combos is one of the things that brings us to the format in the first place. This in turn, I think in general requires a discussion of Vintage hedonics vis a vis learning to stop worrying and love Misstep '-)
For me, it's a matter of being able to find a certain amount of (perverse?) enjoyment in seeing my opponents execute insane, game winning plays, or chain together pitch perfect responses to my threats, even if they make me want to roll my eyes and puke sometimes.
Enjoying the match against Blue Control, just like any other archetype that is trying to lock you out or just outrace you, also requires a certain enjoyment of the cat and mouse game played in game two as you aggressively mulligan for a sphere, or a null rod, or a cage, or hand disruption, or your own suite of counter tech in the mirror.
For every game on Blue that I've actually had the perfect answer to every threat (because, ahem, sure, happens all the time ), I've had an equally frustrating one where I've been sphered out, wasted/rodded into oblivion, overrun by zombies or simply brutally outplayed by a control opponent who correctly sequences and times counters to win incremental advantage.
But I still work to enjoy even THAT game. It sounds more than a little silly/esoteric, but in some sense developing what some might call a "healthy outlook" on counterspells is about loving ALL of the parts of the format, even the ones that you don't like very much.