A couple of weeks before American Continentals, I joked in #louisville that I needed to only play decks that ran either 2 or 3 Rezeki, because the last time I did any good at Netrunner, I was running a bunch of Rezekis. So here we are.
In contrast to the last-minute change to panic CtM, I had pretty well locked in Hoshiko early on. I'd been looking at the Europe Hoshiko from EA Continentals and loved what it had going on, but honestly didn't find the Special Order worth it, nor did I find No One Home that compelling. I swapped the NOH for a Rebirth, borrowed a page from whiteblade's Freedom deck and added a cheeky Falsified Credentials over the Special Order, and then took the suggestion of iref from the Europe Hoshiko writeup and traded the 2 Daily Casts out for Zer0. Honestly, after playing with it, I think that might be wrong too - the deck might actually want Labor Rights. That might be a kneejerk reaction from getting Rebirth and Engolo zapped by my own Zer0 at various times, but I digress.
In the Swiss:
@boreiraon Palana. I had 6 points (an SSL and an Obokata I think?). My opponent had placed an unadvanced card into the remote last click. I ended my turn by doing some build-up stuff, then running R&D last click for a TTW counter to build up for an actual assault, then noticed I was on one card. I said to him "if that's Philotic in the remote, I'm going to feel very stupid." Dear reader, it was a Philotic and I did feel very stupid.
@DanB, but I don't remember much else about it. This is why I should've done these notes yesterday. Sorry Dan.
Sadly, the cut was way less dramatic.
@aunthemod's PE deck, which I was frankly terrified of because I always do so poorly against net damage decks in general and PE specifically, but Hoshiko's innate draw pretty much carried me through - I stole an Obokata early from R&D, ate an Anansi to the face (triggering an IHW) to steal a The Future Perfect from the remote, and then found another TFP in hand and bid 1 to steal it for the win. The only bad thing about this matchup was that it meant I knocked a friend out of the top cut. :(
It was a pretty great day all in all, and I'm looking forward to Intercontinentals now!
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