NEH Butcher Shop Variant - Warren, MI Regional 2nd place**

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2nd place in the Warren, MI Regional held in Eternal Games on June 6th with 63 players. A similar version of this deck was 1st place on the Metro Detroit GLC (

Went 5-1 in swiss. Wins against 2x Leela, Kate PPVP, Whizzard L4J and MaxX. Loss against MaxX Eater-Keyhole.

Went 2-1 in double-elimination. Wins against MaxX Eater-Keyhole (same of swiss round), Whizzard L4J. Loss against Whizzard L4J (same of swiss and double-elimination)

In this variant of the Butcher Shop, I decided to diversified the asset economy, putting 2 of each, and use a slightly more steady ICE suite, using 2x Eli 1.0 and 1x Toolbooth. Eli 1.0 can go either on centrals or remote. Toolboth usually goes to remote for protecting a Melange or agenda (preferably Breaking News).

From the 7 wins, 5 were by flatline and 2 scoring agendas (one of them overscoring a Beale). This shows how flexible this deck can be with its winning conditions.

The loss against MaxX Eater-Keyhole was for totally lack of practice against that deck. But then I learned my lesson and with some luck (i.e. not hitting any of the 2 IHW in the grip) I beat the same deck on double-elimination :)

The loss against Whizzard L4J was for a sequence of 3-4 mistakes on my part, partly due to tiredness and impatience (and also not following my own advice of always purging when Medium has more than a counter!)

Overall, I think currently the Butcher Shop is probably the strongest corp deck, with multiple winning conditions and a very fast play (which helps a lot in large tournaments, like regionals) - unlike the other tier 1 corp decks, RP and Blue Sun. Seriously, if even me, a mediocre player who started playing ANR 6 months ago, did this well in such a large tournament with this deck, imagine what a more skilled and experience player can do with it!

** I realized I exported the wrong deck, this should have -1 Pad Campaign, + 1 Toolboth. I have just posted the correct version here:

8 Jun 2015 jrp

Congrats on the performance. What are your thoughts on Information Overload - did you ever get a blowout? In 1 tournament and many testing games I never rezzed it, so I cut it for a Psychographics, but I never played that either. Thinking about just having the flatline cards as tag punishment.

8 Jun 2015 rnishimura

Thanks! Yeah, great question and I forgot to mention that on my report.

There are a couple of changes I would make on this deck. One of them is Information Overload. I also never rezzed it and I'm sure that good players will definitely expect it (and now with Net-Ready Eye + Mimic, it can, but they can still survive). I like your idea of changing it for a Psychographics, but I want to keep this number of ICE on the deck. So, I was considering to change it for a third Gutenberg (2x Gutenbergs on R&D stop so many runners!).

Alternatively, I was thinking about changing the agenda composition a little bit. I want another copy of Breaking News, to be able to find it earlier in the game. So, I might cut 1 NAPD or Beale and Information Overload, and put 1 Breaking News and 1 TGTBT.