Quote from gkourou »There is only one thing that's eliminating(not fully, but up to a certain point) the skill factor in my eyes in Modern(outside of usual suspects like flod/screw which are some general Magic concerns and not about Modern): the absence of a card (or a Tier 1 fair deck) that keep big mana decks in check.
Big mana decks provide lopsided matchups: they tend to do great vs fair strategies and bad vs unfair strategies. Modern does not have to get a card like Wasteland and GQ/TE/FoR are mediocre cards and this is making the Modern format less skilltesting than the Legacy one(this, and other reasons, like Brainstorm, Ponder, etc).
We are not getting a much better Ghost Quarter, so it's an unsolved issue. We have to accept that Modern has great problems that keep it back from becoming a great format. It has the potential, but sadly, it wont ever meet it.
A tier 1 "fair" deck that answers big mana would most likely be overpowered, as fair decks are commonly preyed upon by big mana. That's also ignoring decks like death and taxes which can definitely keep ramp in check.
Is big mana really strangling the format? A cursory look at the results of the past few major events would say otherwise. I think the majority of the complaints stem from people just disliking ramp/big mana, specifically in regards to their fair decks.