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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:

  1. Nothing.
  2. Gush is Restricted.
  3. Mental Misstep is Restricted.
  4. Gush and Mental Misstep are Restricted.
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@Meddling-Mike it would definitely help Tendrils as well. Not saying that's a bad thing, but one not to be omitted.

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This card is the bees knees in UBg Landstill. It is absolutely insane when paired with Crucible of Worlds or Life from the Loam. Easily being Drain'ed into is another plus. This card definitely affects match ups in a significant way.

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@Soly Balance is NOT unrestrictable.

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@Soly several people have put up results with Chandra beyond Sean. Recently at the BMI three different Moon decks t8'd all featuring her. The card is real.

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@Smmenen said:

@Samoht said:

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.

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@Smmenen if they turn Vintage into Modern we are going to lose a lot of people, myself likely included.

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@TheNightJanitor more clear evidence of the dominance of Lodestone Golem in Vintage!

Seriously though, love to see 4 divergent decks in top 4 and some real interesting design choices. Looks like it was a great event! Congrats Kevin.

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@SamwiseKimchi that's a great world to live in I think.

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@Meddling-Mike sadly only one draw, it is case by case, so mass events don't trigger multiple draws.

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@SamwiseKimchi card causes inbreeding and corruption. Plus it's pretty feel bad and constraining to deck construction. Why do we want it again?

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@Soly don't lose your cool, I've been impressed with your conduct so far.

That said, it's not lazy so much as a requisite to win the mirror. If some blue mages account for Shop and some don't, those that don't will beat those that do. And thus we are here.

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@Soly I'm agreeing with you Mike, are you still arguing with me about it?

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Correct Brainstorm art, I like the play.