Loved the article. Perfect piece to catch up on things for a new player, or particularly someone who's been taking a break from the format and wants to be informed.
Thank you for the kind words, but,..
My target audience for this article is more anyone who has expressed unhappiness with the format in the last 12 months, people like @Soly and others who periodically complain about one aspect of the format or another.
The entire point of the article was to specify various complaints about the format, and then to properly contextualize them.
The alternative title for this article could have been, to borrow a phrase from Kendrick Lamar, "We Gon be Alright."
I did want to respond to one line:
If 75% of the player base was thrilled with the format, but 25% deeply unhappy, is that really a better state of affairs than if 50% of the player base is a little unsatisfied, but few truly unhappy? I would suggest not.
That said, I very strongly disagree with the idea expressed in that quote - I think we would be better off with a small group of passionate players at the expense of others. That's a pretty big topic though, so I don't want to dig too deeply into it when there's much else in the article to talk about!
That section of the article is probably the most important. I'd infer that the kind of policy approach you appear to prefer is the kind that Brian Weissman advocated for in the past, where he'd advocate an archetype biased B&R policy regime (in essence, restrict anything that harms Keeper).
My answer to it is in the article, but here's the relevant quote:
A format where most players are happy, but a discrete and insular minority are unhappy would reflect, likely, imbalanced B&R List management, favoring some segments over others. Instead, a format where there is a low grade discontentment is probably reflective of a balanced and fair state of affairs.
That might be the most important statement in the article.
I don't believe the DCI should cater to any segment of the format or player base. In any case, I've been arguing against biased format management for decades.
People have always complained about the format for many reasons. Change is hard. But we all need to evolve. Even Vintage players.
The best possible compliment. Thank you,
I think the influx of newer players to the format have brought differing expectations of the evolutional speed of the format. This is neither good nor bad, just different.
Agreed. Players who play Vintage on MTGO may have more impatience with a "stale" format that paper players. Thank god the DCI isn't making B&R list changes to Vintage just to "keep things fresh." That's one of the worst things they could do.