Quote from spawnofhastur »Quote from sisicat »If diversity is a "good" thing, I can't find anything positive about the format because diversity is the reason I hate the format. If Magic is supposed to be just a "game", it certainly isn't priced appropriately to be sold in such a fashion. You literally have to spend an amount of money that the large majority of people really cannot afford and wealth redistribution is a complete joke and why MTG cannot be considered an e-sport. That's why if you have to make profit, the only path to doing that is winning all your matches. Any result that isn't first place in a lot of tournaments means you are losing money and time, especially when the format you are forced to play in PPTQs for 3 months of the year is a format you hate. I think if I was going to start liking Modern again, you'd would need to begin with needing better answers to everything. Anything that would reduce the amount of non-games you have to play. As it stands, any deck I choose to register, I am at the mercy of a poor pairing which is completely out of my control. I want to play games of Magic in Modern, but I cannot when the tools are not available to help with that purpose. I have no problem losing to someone who is head and shoulders better than me at playing Magic, I do however have a problem when I am losing to someone who just happened to have the perfect counter deck to my deck of choice and plays like garbage and I chose not to prepare for it because I didn't have room in my 75 to try and beat it. That's what diversity does, you have to gamble and coinflip your matchups that you have no control over.
Magic is a game. It is a high cost hobby, similar to other hobbies like Warhammer, or collecting guitars, of any number of hobbies that cost a decent amount of money.
This is the best answer to sis's issues. Magic really isn't an e-sport, nor has it ever really been so. WotC would like that to change, but, honestly, anything where the playing field isn't equal has a hard time being called a sport of any type.
Now, as a hobby, it shines. Diversity is a boon for those who enjoy trying different strategies and it often makes playing the game as a whole more fun, even if it makes occasional match-ups really crappy. This is why modern can be a great format for some (most?); it lets you play interesting and powerful cards and not necessarily the same ones as your opponent.
Pro magic is a marketing ploy, nothing more. Modern is a good format for what it is. But magic is the proto-gatcha game; their need to vary power levels to sell cards means that gameplay will always have a backseat to what sells. Real e-sports sell cosmetics, not randomized gameplay pieces.