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I have thought several times in the past couple weeks about how long it's been since you've posted an article. Glad to see you wrote an extensive one.
The most powerful line for me was the following:
"There’s a weird thing about Vintage in that some people care a lot about which Divinations they play. As someone very new to the format, the yearning for specific Divinations over others makes very little sense to me."
Although this ignores the deckbuilding implications of which divination one runs, it does a great job of articulating a feeling I've had during most of this back and forth concerning the potential restriction of gush.
I have heard multiple players complain about how swingy the gush mirror can be, but as you mention the role of gush-stype decks in reducing the variance inherent in our format is an understated plus for their continued existence. It is certainly not the case that the gush players who do well in a given tournaments are selected using the uniform distribution.
To echo the sentiments of Rich, the connections you've drawn between good players seeking more options and the difference between deckbuilding options and in-game options is not something I've seen previously articulated. This article would be a great read to anyone who plays any format of Magic.