still trolling, just on youtube instead of the mana drain.
Vintage has always been the white collar format. People who didn't have money, simply didn't play, or couldn't afford the cards to keep competitive.
I ALWAYS felt like the only blue collar person in the entire room when I played a vintage magic tournament. Everyone else was either wealthy from family, in college/grad school/law school/med school, or were already successful white collar workers.
At all times I played type 1, you either had money and had the cards, or you were broke and barely got by with proxies and borrowed cards. The scrubs and plebs who couldn't afford it played standard.
This goes even further to the extreme with the invention of the old school format, finally all the rich kids could have a format all to themselves to play exclusively with only the other wealthy people.
There is class warfare in America, even in a child's card game.
Paper vintage magic at this point is an insane thing to even think of, THE CARDS BELONG IN A MUSEUM!!!
But really, the collectors and dealers who horded all the staples made everything vintage related more expensive. Supply and demand.
When a handful of dealers and collectors control the majority of the card pool, they can dictate what things are bought and sold for.
I find myself actually enjoying playing magic online again after being out for years.
People in the vintage community have been trashing non traditional ideas since I started playing this format competitively in 2003.
This website, for example, used to be so toxic with it's moderation, they basically chased everyone away and all that was left was just that small clique of clowns who really just wanted to shit on people together.
The best advice I can give is to keep holding on to the closest personal connections you have made in the community, the rest are just superficial and just want to be friends with you because you are a good magic player or a "personality."
The tournaments themselves have really become the worst part of vintage. The dinner afterwards, the car pool ride home, hanging out with people you see once a year, those are all experiences that can't be replaced.