Mar 222016
 

I took the new Pālanā hotness and a stealth Andy deck to league last night, and scored my very first win against Trevor (using PE) on a lucky HQ run. Trevor rarely makes a mistake, or falls for traps, so it was quite a boost for me, because I had pretty much resigned myself to never winning against him. Which, of course, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I didn’t do as well with Pālanā vs. Leela. There are so many assets to manage that I kept getting paralyzed by the number of choices. In the deck comments I had said it was a great deck and, while I still think that’s true, it needs some tweaks, just not sure which ones yet. Some suggested changes are swapping Harvester for Inazuma, Psychic Field for Snare!, and a Braintrust for a third Medical Breakthrough, as I never found an opportunity to over-advance Braintrust.

After Trevor left, Max’s friend Josh jumped in. He’s new to the game, and didn’t have cards yet, so we used mine. I definitely earned the “teach a new player” achievement for my league score, because even though he’d discussed the game a lot with Max and his other friend Craig(?), he didn’t know you had to use clicks to install cards. Or advance them. Or nearly anything else.

He learned fast though, and generally improved with each game, but my decks were not great for teaching. Pālanā has too much to manage for a new player, and nothing induces table-flipping rage like getting Account Siphoned over and over again, so I deliberately held back to avoid frustrating him to the point of quitting. I tried to be helpful, as did Max, but I wasn’t watching for teaching moments as closely as I could have been, because I was in more of a mood for some actual competition.

Mar 172016
 

I’ve cooled somewhat on Netrunner lately, after missing three store champs due to travel and illness, then coming in last place at the RIW Hobbies store champ on 3/5. Also, replaying Skyrim on my new gaming PC has consumed a lot of my interest.

Still, I took Whizzard and New Angeles Sol decks to casual play at Fun 4 All last week and last night, with mixed results.

Last week I did pretty well with Whizzard, but against Nick and Iain’s Creepy Sleepover, it was a long slog I ended up losing, because I couldn’t manage to land a tag long enough to trash any resources. Against Austin’s MaxX deck, I just got slaughtered. Too many Fall Guys, that he just kept recurring, along with Wireless Net Pavilion and Data Leak Reversal. Once he gained an extra click from Joshua B., he just kept milling five cards off R&D into archives and floating a bunch of tags I couldn’t do a thing with, until he finally ran archives and ended my pain.

Last night, I played Tim S. in four games, going 2-2. I won pretty quickly with Sol vs. his Geist deck, then barely squeaked out a win with Whizzard vs. a killer Pālanā Foods deck. By the time I finally scored The Future Perfect he’d foolishly (his words, not mine) installed, he’d taken 3/4 of my heap out of the game by scoring Chronos Project, after keeping everything locked in it for most of the game with a well-protected Blacklist.

For the third game I broke out the current version of the PE Yomi deck I used in store champs, against his Valencia. He made the wise decision to almost never run any of my advanced remotes (of which all but two were traps), and just kept Keyholing R&D until he was able to run archives and beat The Future Perfect psi game for the win. I need to find an answer for the Keyhole/Eater combo. More ice on archives is an obvious choice, but I need to force remote runs if possible. I also hit all three of his I’ve Had Worse when doing net damage, which kept him alive. Mostly just bad luck on my part, I guess.

For the last game we tried Whizzard vs. Pālanā again and, despite a long slog, he managed to win it. I stole the Chronos Project, keeping my heap in the game, but it was quite awhile before I could take out his Blacklist, then I face-checked a Komainu with my only Levy in hand. Despite final Medium digs of four and five cards, I couldn’t score enough agendas before running out of cards for Faust and money for Mimic. Also, no matter how many times I trashed Museum of History, Jackson, and Team Sponsorship, he managed to get them out again, because any one of them can bring the others back into play. I’d have to add Scrubbers and more econ to the deck, and focus almost completely on asset denial.

Afterward, he told me that the Pālanā deck was specifically teched against Whizzard, since there’ll probably be a lot of it at Regionals. Well shit, no wonder I had such a rough time. I’m amazed I managed to win the first game, if only barely.

I’m probably going to go to Regionals, but I have no idea what I want to bring and, to be honest about it, the thought of going just kind of depresses me. I feel like I should go, but I’m not eager to go.

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