Excellent points from everyone.
- I thought the tourney would be full of dredge and shops. Even though I was defeated by Kelly on oath last year I decided to specifically build a PO deck to beat dredge and shops.
- After extensive testing, I did indeed main board hurkly's recall, chain of vapor, and a ton of shops hate. I went 3-0 vs shops and 1-0 vs dredge but I lost to misstep decks because I took mine out for a better shops game.
- I used to argue with folks about nerfing misstep to hurt shops but as I play more I am seeing the logic.
- I decided to stop packing so much dredge hate in the future. Instead I'm going to go all in and just race them which should open more sideboard slots for oath and shops.
I think most folks play so little vintage that the good players have an enormous advantage. Understanding the key cards in matchups can propel most any deck deep into the tourney.
I will say that I played a lot of capable players this year. The meta felt fine and I think that there are viable options for decks other than dredge, oath, PO, and shops that can win but you do need to be prepared to play all of these decks.