The issue with bolt is that they don't just bolt willy nilly that I can counter with invigorate. They take the 1 infect-damage all day long and bolt in response to the invigorate when I try to kill them in one turn.
If you're going to respond to my advice with mansplaining Infect gameplay then I don't see any further reason to help you.
The nice thing about Infect is, if built properly, it'll pray on the Xerox decks that have been doing well recently. This past weekend had a deck with 4 Pyroblast in the maindeck win a Challenge. Presenting a slew of green spells seems adequately prepared to sidestep that, and since they aren't white decks they'll have to rely on Lightning Bolt which can be "countered" by Invigorate and other +4/+4 instants. Phyrexian Crusader, while good on paper, seems bulky compared to just dropping a small threat early and running it to victory before they can dig deeply with their Preordains and restricted draw.
Focusing on blue/green, with maybe a splash of white, would fix the horrendous mana (Mana Confluence being the flagbearer for how bad your mana is) by alleviating the need for BB in an otherwise two-color deck. The utility lost by Leovold and Abrupt Decay could probably be made up by powerhouse cards like Oko, Thief of Crowns and, honestly, Brainstorm/Ponder. The hypergeometric chance of Leovold showing up in a deck with only Ancestral Recall as extra card selection made him nearly a blank anyway.
Phyrexian Crusader feels like you're breaking your mana to reinvent the wheel. The same removal exists in Legacy, yet the successful Infect lists are often only blue/green with the occasional white card due to the incidental mana generated by Noble Hierarch: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/infect-7b20fad1-e9bb-45d7-88ea-056f8fc9638f
Since you're able to cite a 4-1 record, can you give a breakdown of what those 5 decks were?
To me, there will always be a breaking point between 1-71 and 72-present. The community as a whole felt like it fundamentally changed during that point, with big faces leaving a new big faces starting to get their footing in the format. Due to this I'll always look upon 71 fondly, even if it was inherently broken.
I'm surprised @Protoaddict hasn't ventured into this thread yet. I'm curious what their favorite era is.
I find that one paragraph addressing the new precedent is at the best lacking. To call this rare is in my opinion an understatement and when we inevitably have to go back to this discussion in 3 months when Zidra rises to prominence now that Lurrus is gone just feels like a little dutch boy sticking his finger in the dam.
Also, the fact that PO and Breach are still unrestricted is baffling to me. I can't help but feel that the noise and volume of discussion around Lurrus made it so they could not address the other items that needed to be addressed to hep balance out the format.
Brass Man is smart to have removed the downvote button.
An "attack on your character" would be saying that your shitposting is responsible for the death of this website. Critiquing your no-data/poor-data analysis and saying it falls short of @chubbyrain1's good-data analysis is just stating the facts. Claiming an ad hominem attack doesn't make you right.
This was a well-informed and incredibly passionate look into not only content creation, but your role in it. While it saddens me that The Mana Drain isn't the beacon of Vintage content it was before, it's nice to see that there are still people passionate about the subject matter and that you still stay connected to them. I found a thread full of the bad eggs and one of the Vintage Discord's best eggs trying to reason with them and think I'll take up your offer to join the Discord server. I might be a lurker, but after the passion you just displayed I should let you know that this one act on a failing website was incredibly important to an anonymous soul on the internet.
I get (got) all of my data from MTGGoldfish. It has some of the best data because it draws from the largest pool of played games of Vintage. Vintage, like Pauper, is a MODO format that sees niche paper play. Your analysis and @Thewhitedragon69's analysis come from a position of no online play. This speaks to me that you are passionate about talking about Vintage but not passionate about actually playing Vintage, which can skew your anecdotes.
I was referred to @chubbyrain1's data and the Vintage Discord by @Brass-Man in a different thread and can surmise that, while you're attempting to bury him under an avalanche of words, the curated analysis that he provides for the community will always speak much louder. You'd be best to prove your analysis on the battlefield.
I've been looking to become more accomplished in playing Vintage with all my newfound time during the lockdown. I've been using MTGGoldfish's amazing data for a snapshot of how the Vintage metagame plays out (I found it at https://www.mtggoldfish.com/metagame/vintage). What the website doesn't have is deck primers to get a feel for how to play actual games. Is there any such resource available? I was hoping to find it here but I haven't seen anything.