It makes me happy. Vintage to me share many similarities with 93/94 in that its mostly a social experience. I play vintage and 93/94 cause I can play with cards that I sought after and struggled to obtain when I started playing magic around 17 years ago. I play with people that whatever the prize they still play in a very casual manner. Yes, vintage does broken things, but the people playing vintage are amongst the most laid back people I know. Just like the 93/94 community are and should be. 93/94 are mainly a format that allow adults with a mortgage to pay, a family to focus on and a job to do well in, to take some time off, hang out with people that they have grown up with in the magic community, drink some beer and chat. The actual playing of the cards are secondary, or rather a third or forth priority. Its also a format that caters to the collectors in the overall magic community.
Champ down at Gothcon gave n00bcon a very good description. Its our Annual meeting in our mutual admiration society, and yea, it kinda is.
During the tournament I got to battle lots of different decks, with lots of different techs. My sweetest match was when I got to play Stasis mirror vs Berlins stasis. We both started of with a similar mono-U build, realized that it sucked and evolved it in different ways. I went for the UBW build playing black for Demonic Tutor and Mindtwist. White for Kismet, Swords to Plowshares, Moat, Island Sanctuary and Land Tax (probably the worst card in my deck) and he went for a RUG build.
Game two he won with an early mana short into a stasis lock (I answered with a quick scoop so we could have 20+ minutes for the last game)
Game three I won on my back up plan vs his back up plan. I got a Serra Angel to stick while he diminished my library with a millstone. When I later played Stasis as a 2 turn Time Walk the deal was sealed. It did not matter that his deck was better then mine, in magic, the greater player always win.
Somewhere around round 3 we also had to drop a player since he where not able to keep on playing in the tournament. He had fallen to sleep drunk and happy in one of the sofas.
There will come a later post on the blog with standings and the decks who made the top 8. But the eventual winner of the tournament was Pefken. One of the more notable vintage players in Sweden, who opted to play a parfait deck during n00bcon.
Here you see the two finalist battling it out. Pefken on the left with his Parfait, and Schram on the right with his "the Deck". With some luck Ill try to get them to write their stories from the tournament so I can publish it on the blog.
Pefkens winning deck.