@vaughnbros said in Vintage Meta-game:
If you are more liberal with your classification system, Vintage has had the same decks for a long long time.
Jeskai is just Gush without the Gush.
Paradoxical is just Vault/Key with a new draw engine.
Dredge is still Dredge despite some new card choices.
Shops is still shops despite it not really being a Prison deck anymore.
Oath/Landstill/Delver/ect. have also been around a while.
The only "new" decks are Survival, Lands and Eldrazi. But these are really only a few degrees of separation from Dredge and Workshops. I'm also not entirely sure it feels any less stale that there are a couple of newcomers as you are still playing a majority of matches against/with the same old decks.
If you want a radical shakeup, you are talking about revisiting the entirety of the restricted list or playing a different format (which it seems people are taking the latter approach by going to old school).
I'm even less liberal
Aggregate Combo / Defense Grid
The reason the best aggregate combo deck is outcome and not rituals is because Misstep is played at 3.8 by 50% of the format. The reason shops wins at all is the same reason (plus 1.5 Flusterstorms and half a Pyroblast), otherwise it's a pretty anemic deck. Bazaar is so busted it can win with either Basking Rootwalla alongside it or Stinkweed Imp.
I'm in the same boat, I had a good time at SCG Con and was a punt and a bad opener from finishing really well but it left me feeling like there wasn't anything new to see.