I have been meandering around the site for a couple of days now and have been wondering about the lack of any kind of deck primers for established archetypes. i've seen several posts about certain decks and several that talk about how each person tunes a particular list but there aren't any actual primer threads. is this because were all lazy and just use the ones on other sites like salvation or the archived ones? shouldnt we have them from and center on a vintage centric site?
@snowydude That's a good point. I've brought this up before. I'm not going to use the word lazy, because that's derogatory and I certainly haven't done any. But my MTG time is very limited and a lot of it goes into writing for MTGGoldfish. I would love to see some primers though, even if we just took the old ones from the archive and reposted them and updated them.
To be quite honest, I've started writing a primer several times and ultimately stopped because of the fear that I'd spend a lot of time and effort writing the thing only to end up with what would best be called a "typical internet response." Too often online, and increasingly so on TMD, informative, well thought out posts are torn down because of one small problem with the primer. Maybe with this request, I'll change my tune and write some of these.
While I'm not necessarily certain what will happen to Gush, Princess Power highlights one of the other issues: the meta is shifting much faster than it used to.
With the restrictions that touched the workshop pillar alone, martello was injured, handicapped, and might be recovering (chalice restriction hurt its capabilities in the meta of the time, lodestone was at first a huge blow, but there does seem to be some room at the table for the sub-type now though it is arguably less powerful than tks builds).
Stax variants may have disappeared with the loss of lodestone and the rise of mentor (lodestone was a needed clock aspect for the deck, and smokestack does not necessarily work well against token strategies). while some have tooled around with colored builds, Welder feels a risky in a field of blue decks fighting each other with mental misstep.
Between restrictions coming down faster, new printings having sizeable impacts, and a metagame that is now morphing on a near weekly basis due to the events on magic online bringing additional large turn-out tournaments to the comforts of home...it can feel daunting to spend a couple of days to write a primer for a deck you know may be obsolete in three months.
Note: I'm not saying any of the above things are intrinsically bad (my thoughts on most of them are littered around other threads), just offering an opinion as to why primers are less a thing.
something that has been brought up before in this thread that i like is having a sub thread for primers, but i would like to expand on this, could we make two subthreads, one for established deck primers and one for new and upcoming deck primers so that if people want to look at established decks they can do that without seeing the brews and vise versa. as to answer your question @Brass-Man i personally use primers as a way to learn about decks, and why certain cards are included or not incuded, and to find similar decks to mine and get ideas as to why card x is better than card y.
@Brass-Man I use deck primers first to see if i could enjoy playing a particular deck. while i dont change decks in vintage at all in other formats i like to see if a deck i hadn't considered could interest me. 2nd like seeker said learning about the deck i currently play why any card is included or not included as well as what used to be played but was cut, grim tutor in the old storm deck for instance. sometimes you come across old tech that can inspire new tech or deck variants that merit investigation so they dont just end up forgotten. lastly i like to be able to find the weaknesses of decks that i lose to alot. if im playing shops and never beat dredge its very helpful to go look at the dredge primer so i can see the match from the other side of the table and change what im doing.
the meta changing rapidly doesnt decrease the need for information on archetypes, in fact imo it increases it greatly. i do not like doing research only to find the data im using is outdated and no longer relavent.
"Information is a powerful weapon."
Something that make be more doable then a written primer is a let's play YouTube style video. You could do a general deck breakdown,show some game highlights for specific plays and strategies, and then organize links on the forums. I follow a bunch of YouTubers for video games (mostly rainbow 6 lately) and I find the videos extremity helpful in trying to improve my game both at the high and beginner levels.