@p3temangus said in JANUARY 9, 2017 BANNED AND RESTRICTED ANNOUNCEMENT POLL:
@The-Gremlin-Lord I do not fault you at all for wanting to take a break until the meta shifts.
To me, this is the biggest issue that separates vintage B&R debates from literally every other formats; The fact that the hyperbole layden "I'll quit if this doesn't change" talk that you see for standard, modern, and legacy is very very real with vintage players, and it hurts the game in both the short and long run. Even if a relative percentage of standard players have "quit" over the rock paper scissor meta, it's a drop in the bucket relative to when vintage players decide to hang it up.
For everyone "I'll quit if this doesn't change" there are at least as many "I'll quit if the DCI restricts X."
Restrictions have driven more people from the format than stagnant metagames. Look at how upset some Workshop players were when Golem was restricted. Nick Detwiler posted that it almost killed his interest in Vintage. Rich Shay claimed in a VSL broadcast that the restriction of Brainstorm and co. wrecked the New England Vintage community.
Every time a card is restricted, the DCI takes away some player segment's favorite cards. I saw many Workshop players apoplectic after Golem's restriction, especially coming after Chalice, claiming not only that the DCI overreached but that they made a decision to placate a vocal minority. That kind of policy making alienates far more players than a "stagnant" metagame.
In any case, the notion that we inhabit a stagnant metagame is pretty absurd. Paradoxical Outcome (a relatively brand new card) was in 12% of MTGO daily decks in February, and in a constantly evolving set of archetypes. This, after just 4 daily appearances in January. And Walking Ballista is a brand new card that is seeing tons of play, a printing that was only legal as of mid-January.
The notion that a stagnant (or steady, for the glass half full crowd) meta better serves a community that only gets to play big events 2-3 times per year is an outdated view that went out the door with MODO.
What happened to those people? They just disappeared? Not at all.
That's why I wrote this article. It's so that MTGO grinders might remember that there is a large player base out there that doesn't play in daily events, but plays in local tournaments that may occur once a month or even once a quarter. And there are many other players that only go to the annual big events like Gencon, Vintage Champs, and Waterburies. You all know who these people are.
Vintage is an eternal format. That doesn't mean that the format has to stay the same forever, but there is much less of an imperative to make sure that the format is constantly changing than for other formats. In fact, that's the whole point of the format: it's a format that you don't have to constantly buy into, but you can play for decades if not a lifetime.
Just because MTGO arrived doesn't mean that we throw that concept out. The people who play in paper vintage tournaments at least once a year dwarfs the number of people who play Vintage on MTGO. Vintage B&R list policy should not be geared primarily towards MTGO players, just so that they can play fresh decks every week. That would be disastrous for paper players.
If even a third of the 38% of people who disagree with the B&R over the past year stop playing, that is felt in Dailys that never fire and TOs forced to cut prize support. Sometimes a change, even if viewed by a population as "a change for the sake of it", will shake things up enough to Jumpstart the format.
Well, for starters, January and February 2017 both had 24 daily events reported, which means at least 24 dailies fired. I think that's more than have ever been reported per month before. As a point of comparison, February, 2016 had only 14 reported daily events. So, by that measure, there has been a 40% increase in the number of dailies that fired from February 2016 to February 2017.
Restriction is a tool of last resort, and should never be used to "shake things up." "Shaking things up" inevitably means driving some players from the format.