@Topical_Island said in R&D is completely incompetent:
No, it isn't a matter of competence. They just aren't trying. Why would I, as a customer, want to be part of something as passionless as that? ...
I agree in part that WoTC can be taciturn regarding vintage. However, if we (you, me, us, whomever,) feels that WoTC is "passionless" about Vintage, then the ball is in our court.
The playerbase, the people who love and play Vintage every day, we are the ones who can create passion about Vintage. If Wizards has taken the stance that Vintage is the "wild west" of MAGIC (which I don't believe it is,) then the players can decide for themselves how much passion is contained in the format. If we let Vintage languish, or we bury it in gloom, then it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I truly believe that the game designers love Vintage. They just don't specifically design for it. If we want the playerbase to continue to grow, and if we want others to love the format as much as we do, then we always need to remain professional, optimistic, and inviting.