@vaughnbros said in JANUARY 9, 2017 BANNED AND RESTRICTED ANNOUNCEMENT POLL:
@ribby Objective how would you measure fun in the overall population for a game though? Wouldn't attendance make the most sense? Or maybe they should measure it by how much money they get?
Dailies not firing, well daily, means that there could obviously be some room for improvement. A player base too small for their leagues set up, also probably means there is room for improvement. A smaller World Championships was also not good.
Here we are with no shake up though. Maybe they are content making very little off of Vintage.
Is Vintage really in bad shape?
The Championship is huge (350 players is the 3rd largest of all time, and after a massive multi-state move), there are monthly MTGO premier events and 3-4 or so dailies that fire every week, and plenty of regional and local tournaments all over the world.
I don't think there is any defensible objective measure by which Vintage is in a bad state, relative to it's historic baseline and norms.
People have always complained about the state of affairs and Vintage and always will. But isn't that to be expected?
Is there anyone who completely agrees with every card on the Restricted List? I don't. But isn't it mostly a matter of degree? There is a difference between someone like me, who would only change a few things, and others, that want to see multiple changes or more sweeping restrictions or unrestrictions.
Everyone being slightly displeased is a better state of affairs that some people very happy and others very unhappy. The former is a situation that suggests a balanced policy approach, and probably most fair.
I think people are forgetting that this is a non-rotating format, and MTGO has sped up expectations for the format and the game, and it's not a healthy thing. The format is fine. It's fair. It's balanced. It's fun. It's skill intensive. Is it perfect? No, but it's probably not perfectable. But does anything need restricting? I don't think so. That's an extreme measure used only as a last resort.