@moorebrother1 said in [Free Article] The Evolving 2018 vintage metagame:
makes local events even smaller since it is so hard to get notice for any innovation there.
I'm responding to moorebrother but there's a LOT of people this response is directed at.
Nobody ever notices innovation. This is true universally, about plenty of non-magic things, but I'll limit the scope to vintage.
Decks don't just get discovered because they're good. People have been making super interesting decks forever, before or after MTGO. I know they don't reach a large audience because tournament results are readily available and people constantly ask "where are the innovated decks?"
You don't hear about players (or their decks) when they win a lot of vintage matches.
You hear about them when they talk a lot.
I know this, because people know who I am.
The barrier is so low for vintage content, write a decent primer and people will ask you questions about the deck for years, whether or not you've ever won a match with the deck, or even played a game with it. People care about MTGO results because people like Stephen analyze it and people like Rich and Matt stream it. If someone wrote an compelling writeup of their small weekly event, people would care about that, too. The writing/content quality is more important than the strategy quality.
I may be biased.