Dude, stop being petrified on this. Classic is fun, but LW and 3012 have some fun stuff too.
The trick is realizing what you can add to old lists, not just looking at the new options and going FUCK STRIP FORESTRY BROKEN because your opponent whacked an entire grove's worth of your top units in one shot.
It is very much a "play with this or get fucked by this", but seriously- if it wasn't, petrifags would be stuck playing Black Forest lists and we'd never see the end of it. "Mendel is my spirtual liege", the hell with THAT.
3012 gives you some awesome climate shifters and the corresponding protection stuff, plus some wild Carnivorous additions. Lumberjack has Strip Forestry, but it also gave us Endangered Species and a shitload of options for cultivation decks, including a lot of the hybrids that kept chesnuts in play and honestly added a lot of variety to most lists in the process.
I play a wild pine list. Lot of fire and frost control, but I also use LW Protected Species and Endangered Species to help keep my early growth going if I have to torch the board with a bunch of fire or a lot of turns of Deep Frost, since you have to sacrifice so many growth phases to Frost to keep it going and PS/ES hexes get an extra one, or you sacrifice it to halve the effects of damage.
3012's climate change cards generally aren't too bad, since you each choose an effect to compensate for the extra kick. He goes cold, I go wet to boost frost. He goes hot, I go dry and burninate the place. I can roll with either, but they fuck up climate dependent lists hardcore sometimes and I can feel for people who focus a list too tight.