@themonadnomad said in Notes on the State of Vintage, Jan 2017:
I feel like there should really be more answer cards printed in Commander/Conspiracy/Planechase/etc. Instead of leaning on more restrictions. I'd actually like to see things come OFF the restricted list and just have better cards for answering the "problem" cards/decks. Strange that there isn't at least one person pushing for this at Wizards...
So I want to say that I love the first part of this statement (i.e., more answer cards) while I am currently neutral on the second part.
I have my own wonky opinions on some things. Everyone agrees (I think) that blue is the most powerful color in Vintage> However, Conspiracy and Commander (and Archenemy and anything new) all present opportunities to create answer cards that don't go into Modern/Standard. And any answer card that isn't broken could, of course, go in a regular set.
Also, make answer cards that aren't available to every single color or archetype. Make a green pitch counter spell creature (like Vine Dryad) that counters an artifact or enchantment spell. It could hurt Shops and Paradoxical Outcome, but wouldn't necessarily find an immediate home in a preexisting archetype. Make a black enchantment Chalice of the Void that only affects one or two spell types (like, say, Instants). Hinder overpowered cards or archetypes while creating more opportunities for Vintage deck diversity.