Okay, I think this was the post to which you were referring... Without any decklists or anything, I can't be sure exactly what's going on. Although he seems to have the same idea I do about "budget" decks using cards that cost $20 or less. I'm not sure about $100 decks beating $4,000 decks though. Maybe the decks he's talking about have some power cards, but aren't fully powered. Or maybe the players in his area with powered decks aren't building very good ones or are bad players. I don't know. It's true that some of the most powerful cards in Vintage are easy on the pocketbook. But, just as an example, if we take Yawgmoth's Will, the decks that use it most destructively are probably Tendrils decks. And in order to compete, these Tendrils decks need cards that DO cost a lot of money. And, I must note that with modern Tendrils decks (and other combo), first turn wins are not "freak" hands or exceptions. They're less common than second or third turn wins, but a good Tendrils deck with a Black Lotus and some drawing power in the opening hand can pull off a first turn win easily. Again, I think the odds are against a budget deck here. Non-budget decks have every weapon at their disposal that you do, plus others that are even better. If I build a Gifts deck that has to be able to handle fully powered Affinity decks, it simply isn't going to roll over to your budget Affinity deck that has fewer options in its design than the fully powered version--those overly expensive cards weren't put in there just because they look cool.