@macdeath TPS was a better version of Death Long, Death Long was just more fun to play. I mostly agree with you but I played Noble Fish and StoneBlade during the LSG era. I did very well, coming in top 8 at most of the events at my local game store.
The approach of Karakas and Swords to Plowshares is good but the Xerox decks have too many answers right now. That was the point of this thread. I am finding the Xerox decks to be down right oppressive and "unfun".
I know PO and Shops are hated decks but Vintage has turned into a format of hated decks not feared decks. People downright hate the arch-types in the format right now. I was very apprehensive about Rich Shay's comments on the format in the article at hipstersofthecoast.com but I am seeing it now.
As I said above, I am not about negativity but health of the format. I am at a point where I just need to brew and play jank, maybe stop playing leagues for a bit and just get back into paper and have fun.