My latest article for MTGGoldfish. Enjoy.
Great article. Great article I really like getting your insight.
I think one thing you didn't emphasize about the strength of Force of Will is the mana advantage it provides. In the example you provided with using Force to counter Ancestral Recall, you would also be up one mana in the exchange, not a significant amount but perhaps that's a testament to the strength of Ancestral. Using Force to counter a two-plus spell may be closer to providing a card.
Perhaps exploring the mana advantage provided by free counterspells is an article itself.
Thanks for the work you do analysing and promoting the format.
For some reason I wasn't able to post directly to medium Steve's comment on my phone.
The thesis is that new vintage players shouldn't be afraid to try different decks, perhaps ones that are less complicated than combo decks like storm, because learning the fundamentals of the format is important.
Workshops are deceptively simple. There's a reason Nick Detwiler will always do better with shops than Joe Fiorini will.
@vaughnbros Thank you very much.
The original impetus for the section on Force of Will was listening to a frustrated Vintage newbie discuss how he FOW'ed his opponent's Treasure Cruise, and his Ancestral recall, and then still died to some other bomb.
At the time I suggested that maybe he should have saved his Forces, instead of mindtwisting himself for four in one turn.