@brass-man I appreciate your long and thoughtful response. I have had several moments while playing where I have taken a break or at the very least taken the format much less seriously.
I think that sometimes when you play with a certain group things can get a bit stale. Sometimes a herd mentality can change how the game is played or perceived. I think the meta-game is fine and the game itself is fine.
Your point about how we approach the game is extremely poignant. I realize that I get something from playing, brewing, and discussing magic that I cannot replace, at least not easily.
These discussions on this site help me keep perspective, I may feel or perceive something that is not really there or not really that bad. I appreciate the community here.