Oh yeah, I still play quite a bit! Sorry I don't check in here as often as I should.
The Magic community here in Portland, Oregon is still pretty big---the last prerelease drew 500+ players.
The new set has a lot of possibilities but I haven't seen a card that's a must have for most decks like Solemn Simulacrum or even Chrome Mox from Mirrodin. I don't think there's a mechanic as strong as Affinity either but that's a high bar to meet.
I played a BG deck with 4x Kokusho's main and 4x Cranial Extraction in the sideboard at States and only went 3-3-1. A better build of that deck won Washington states and I think BG will be good for awhile based on the strength of the black cards in CHK.
I just put together a WR deck which seems to do very well against affinity. Samurai of the Pale Curtain just shuts down affinity---if nothing goes to the graveyard, the Disciple and modular don't work. I also like the 2/1 legendary white creature which can be played as an instant and lets all your tapped creatures block---it can lead to some very big combat surprises.
I still see people trying to play UW but I don't think the blue counterspells in CHK will be quite good enough to make that viable again. Time Stop is just too expensive against affinity or mono red. I have heard of some interesting Kiki Jiki/Intruder Alarm decks popping up, though.
So what do you think of the new set?