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I do not want to focus too much attention on MTGO. It is where most Vintage is played today and that is not changing. I would like to look at leagues like Romancing the Stones in Austin and their success in getting people to play paper proxy Vintage.
Before the pandemic I had 2 choices of where to play paper Vintage, Cleveland, OH and Grand Rapids, MI. I live in Metro Detroit. Both of these options were about a 3hr drive in one direction for me. I ended up playing Modern and Old School in paper locally.
We had a Vintage scene in Detroit but Ben Perry (Shaman Ben) decided that he was done with Vintage and no one took over organizing for Vintage locally.
I am still connected to some of the players that used to play and I think there is interest with some of the Modern players to play Vintage.
Look at it this way, Justin Gennari is now a Vintage All Star. He won the Waterbury in May 2018. I played in the Star City Power nine event in June 2018, there was an NYSE in 2018 and we have a huge turnout for Eternal Weekend in November of 2018. I played in 3 paper Vintage events in the month of May in 2018 because I played twice in locally and drove to Ohio to practice for the Star City event.
I do not see any of this coming back when things open up. The Ohio Vintage group may come back with Nam Tran and Rajah James and other players that I have known for years. Maybe Kevin Cron will organize something in Grand Rapids. I can reach out to Jeremy Pinter here and see if we can get something going in Metro Detroit.
I see Vintage living on with very hard work in organizing. I look at Jaco in Chicago and he is an awesome TO, and his efforts with the Lords of the Pit grew Old School. I'd like to figure out some way to do that for Vintage.
Maybe it is just doing the hard work of organizing but I'm not sure who has the time for that with families and work. Honestly, I just want to show up and play because I just burnt out from Covid.
I may have exhausted this thread in seeking advice to help me figure out how to do the organizing locally to get Vintage back. I'll reach out the Local Game Stores I know in the area but that may not be enough. We need people to organize locally and do this work to keep Vintage going, that was my point. MTGO is not enough. Even if the Vintage Discord says that Vintage is growing, I have no idea if it is or isn't but I want paper back.