MtGO data is corrupt. The decks are too often NetDecked poorly and played even worse. Competent players choosing Shop to punish that is fine with me.
Workshops are fine and healthy in paper. They are winning some and losing some. Nothing has them over performing as an archetype as far as I know in paper events.
My preference is:
- Gush is Restricted.
- Mental Misstep is Restricted.
- Gush and Mental Misstep are Restricted.
MtGO data is corrupt. The decks are too often NetDecked poorly and played even worse.
If true, paper magic is sadly worse. :(. But I don't think this is true. I think Vintage data for both MTGO and paper are flawed, but in different ways. I think @ChubbyRain said that he felt the MTGO Metagame was a bit better/more polished - that's my feeling as well. That is to say that the average MTGO vintage player is probably a marginally better player.
Moreover, I think it's pretty clear at this point that the MTGO p9 opens are the most competitive regularly scheduled/monthly Vintage tournament in the world, with roughly ~100 players per month, and multiple HoF and Vintage Champs (like Rich Shay, myself, and Hiromocho Ito) playing in most of them. There is nothing else in the world of either that size or quality that I am aware of.
I don't think anyone contends that MtGO is devoid of competent players, even I. But I do acknowledge the stark difference in the metagame that exists there with paper Vintage and the impacts that has on the results and more importantly their meaning. The intersection of Paper and MtGO is not nearly as wide as people seem to believe or react to.
Blue cannibalism is more prevalent there than anywhere else. Storm exists in numbers unrivaled, feeding even further degeneration of the Blue vs Shop match up. Lastly, Shop is the tightest archetype deck wise with the strongest following of consistent players; because Montolio, BSCHL, Dayton, and The Atog Lord consistently play it (and play it quite well). So I tend to look at the numbers, accept them with all the flaws that come with them, and move on. Shop decks should beat Gush decks with Energy Flux in them, that's ok by me.
If we're talking about MtGO in a vacuum it's fine. When we try to extrapolate from that data set into others is where I draw the line. Have a MtGO B/R list and I'll take my ball and go home. Until then, the reliance on that data is only going to hurt Vintage.