(Apologies to the discerning reader; I realize that this decklist might be much anticipated, but my gif game is... not strong.)
Gameplan is extremely simple, and hearkens back to classic shaper: camp the scoring remote and force the corp to overcommit to pushing out agendas, at which point you can evaluate whether you can get in anyway or if it's time to pivot to R&D lock with Conduit (pro tip: most games end up being R&D lock anyway). There are certain cards which are pretty integral to this playstyle which are missing here, but I got like 2 games of practice with the list; I won't beat myself up over missing some tech cards.
The breaker suite is a fascinating discussion, and I'm sure many players have already noted the... issues... with the various killers currently available in the format. Carmen is 2 tech card slots worse than Echelon or Na'Not'K, but I'll be damned if I'm breaking a double Trebuchet server with either of those - Tao's ability only goes so far.
...which leaves Corroder as the breaker I had the least problems with over the weekend, astonishingly enough; the biggest things it had to go through were a couple of Sandstones. The more things change, the more they stay the same, huh?
In hindsight, the card I wish I had included the most would have been a single Legwork, although hell if I know where that inf is coming from. The lack of HQ multiaccess really started stinging even from the first 3 rounds of the event, and the ability to clear out HQ ends up being valuable both when the remote is vulnerable (because agendas start piling), and when the remote is locked down (because you can snipe an agenda and get a cheeky bounce).
Credit for the bulk of this deck must go to @bking, who provided the shell for the deck in our panicked frenzy to find a runner half an hour before APAC decklist submission. His list packs -Slap Vandal -Carmen -No One Home +Mimic +Ika +Clot +Joy Ride - I couldn't bring myself to play the blasphemous 41st card.
If I'm being honest, credit must also go to the stream team of @monde and gang - y'all picked me up from the darkest moment even though you didn't realize it. After my R6 opponent @headmoths refused a 241 and beat my R+ with a balls-to-the-wall Deep Dive for 5 points, I was seriously considering simply conceding the runner game and wishing them all the best in the cut. The only thing stopping me from doing that was the fact that our match was being streamed - and the show must go on, y'know - and I picked myself back up, smashed game 2 in spectacular fashion, won my R7 241, and squeaked into Top 8 on the back of some improbable draws on the neighboring tables. The rest, as they say, is history.
I lie - there was one other thing. The following exchange happened at the start of the first day, during the player meeting:
And before our game in R1 of the cut:
Oh, it was ON.
I ended up meeting the other Singaporean in question, @KyraWNY, in the winner bracket finals, and beat her with this same deck before both of us got ignominously defeated by the eventual winner, @charliedmcb (excellently played finals by the way, absolutely deserved to win both those games).
More on that. It's been incredibly impressive how strongly Kyra has developed as a player in such a short span, and I couldn't be happier to have more Singaporean representation on the international scene. As of this writing, Singapore's National Day is in two days, and I'm proud that we're able to show our patriotism in some small way. Kyra, it's been an honor sparring with and against you, and I'll see you at Intercontinentals.
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