Either you or the client shuffle poorly.
MTGO is 100% random. When shuffling in paper, it’s not certain that everyone shuffles enough to reach the same level of randomness.
I, for one, am supremely bummed that Chandra,Torch of Defiance, will no longer allow for damage "directly" to other other Planeswalkers. I find this to be an unnecessary consequence of the decision, and for other things like Rolling Earthquake, et. al. I loved Chandra's role in Vintage, but now I'm afraid that she might not be good enough any more. Her ability to "attack" Jace, Dack, and Tezzeret was a welcomed feature within her abilities, making her unique in that few other Planeswalkers can interact with other opposing Planeswalkers. Does it make her garbage, of course not, but it weakens her for no other reason than to try and make Lightning Bolt on a Planeswalker clearer. I don't find this as something that was necessary at all. Sure, Leyline of Sanctity didn't mean that a Bolt could kill a Jace, but by the definition of what a Planeswalker is, was it really all that much of a leap to understand that Leyline helped protect your Planeswalking buddy?
@bazaarofbaghdad So we substitute it for an unrestricted herp-derp card that has wide ranging reach far beyond Ancestral? Sounds like a good trade off to me. Let's not pretend that there weren't measures to stop Ancestral. Could you get blown out by an Ancestral? Of course, that was part of Vintage. Same with Tinker, Yawgwill, Time Walk, etc. There used to be a lot of answers to Ancestral... Duress, Pyroblast, REB, Misdirection, and so on. Misstep wasn't needed to control Ancestral. The collateral damage that Misstep has caused vastly outweighs whatever saving grace might have been implemented to prevent Ancestral blowouts. Let's unrestrict Strip Mine to make sure we have enough answers to Library of Alexandria while we're at it?
@bazaarofbaghdad So Vintage sucked for 18 years before Misstep was printed? Were people really saying to themselves in 2006, "man, I really wish they would print a free hoser to Ancestral, that would really make this format so much better"?
@p3temangus I agree, the differences are subtle, but take into account situations where the opponent taps out to play said win con. Misstep is just about the only card you have to worry about in the scenario. Sure, FoW could be there, but they would also need another Blue card (i.e. lower odds). If you're opponent has a single card in hand, you have to factor in the chance that that single card is a Misstep. I mean, if they have a full grip and you only have a Plow, then you really didn't have a prayer anyway, but Misstep just makes situational Magic less interesting.
Misstep ... makes games more interesting, not less.
Did you really type that with a straight face? Interesting? Hardly. So, I'm supposed to play this stupid card over Swords just because I should be building my deck with better "strategy" in a world of Misstep:
Why can't people just admit the card is stupid? And why are we comparing it to FoW? Force has a real liability to it... you are creating card disadvantage when you cast FoW for free. Misstep is a perfect 1 for 1 that is tempo positive (they spend mana and you don't). There is zero cost to the card and it's truly a feel bad moment when your opponent Missteps your Misstep as you try to remove their win con from the table with a Bolt/Plow/Pyroblast or catch back up with a Recall. It's a miserable play experience to continually account for it's presence in opponent's decks. If you need a Plow to resolve to not lose a game, you almost always have to think to yourself, I need Plow AND a Misstep to win this game. How is that reasonable?
I’d like to agree, but the issue is that we’re are both getting less data and less quality data. We’ll be far less likely to see shifts in meta since Blue decks generally are pre made with about 30 cards already. If they lowered the threshold to 10 cards for vintage I would be satisfied, but I fear that as is we’ll miss too much. We already have a dearth or tournament reports across the format... it’s not like Standard which has at least 1 major GP every weekend along with SCG events, etc. MTGO is really one of our only tools for decklist publication these days.
It’s an absolute joke. Vintage has such a homogenized meta, that an Oath deck and a Mentor deck could be within 20 cards of each other. If it wasn’t for the land’s, it would be like 15 or less. This is just WotC pigeonholing Vintage into Standard and Modern and saying everything is equal. The hell its not, otherwise we would have gotten leagues ~ 2 years earlier.
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