Guys, the sky isn't falling. People were underprepared for Workshops. Yes, something probably needs to be restricted, but in the Article I'll be writing I will be writing a clear argument that it is NOT Mishra's Workshop.
Culprits: Phyrexian Revoker, Foundry Inspector, Walking Ballista, Arcbound Ravager.
Those will all be cards I talk about. Relax though, and have a good sideboard plan, and we'll get through the Shop Dominance.
Besides, let us take a look at the workshop players:
@Montolio has been the best performing workshop pilot, and player in general, for YEARS. He won NYSE in 2016, then Top 8ed Champs that year. He also won several of the Power 9 Challenges back when they were only monthly and much larger. He's the real fucking deal.
Rich Shay is fucking bomb dot com at this format. He's extremely analytical, incredibly intelligent of all aspects of this game (and Life!) and he plays a ton, and with #TheAcademy, which for those under a rock is a think tank of the best minds currently in vintage.
Brian Larken played very well, and is all around a great magic player who is relitively unknown in Vintage because he plays in the Shark Tank that is the East Coast. It was only a matter of time until he breaks out - he's friends with Nick Dijohn, so obviously he has some good coaching for playing Workshops.
Eric Vergo was unknown to me before this tournament, and snuck in his second bye by winning one of the Grinders on Thursday by going 5-0, to Join Sean O'Brien and I in the 'Two Bye Club'. He then played magic like a fucking pro all weekend, and had some insane record 8-2 and then 9-1-1 if I recall correctly, for a TOTAL Record of 22-3-1 on the weekend before he got beat in the top 8 of BOTH EVENTS as he was the only person to ever top 8 Legacy and Vintage Champs both in the same year (at least that I can recall). Look for special things from this kid.
The other guy (Sorry, I can't remember your name) I don't know much about, but he seems to be one of the Team Tusk guys, who all seem to be solid magic players from when I've played them or watched them play.
Basically, what I'm getting at is, sure, you need to be lucky to get to the top of these tournaments, but you also need to be a fucking great magic player. And all these shop players would have been pushing the top 64 or 32 anyway.
Hell, if you gave me @Montolio , @brianpk80 , and Rich Shay against the field, when the field had magic cards and the 3-team was armed with a Ham Sandwhich, a Deck of Yugioh cards, and a subscription to Club Pengiun, I'd probably bet on those 3 to at least go 50/50.