Dumblefork on NRDB (thanks @Smerle)
It was recently brought to my attention that I’m not entirely clear about when I think a deck of the week is good. I’m willing to admit that sometimes, I can be occassionally, maybe a little bit critical of decks – but you can always trust that I will give you a straight, no-bullshit take on each deck that we cover.
Store Championships are underway, and nobody’s got time to read fanfiction anymore so we’ll keep it short this week:
Deck’s good. Beats everything we have right now, and is extremely forgiving of mistakes (as all pancakes-decks are) making it a good choice for anything happening this month.
|Whizzard: Master Gamer|
3x Career Fair •••
3x I’ve Had Worse
1x Levy AR Lab Access •••
3x Sure Gamble
|10 influence spent (max 15-5☆=10)
45 cards (min 45)
Cards up to The Underway
At this point, nobody should actually need me to tell them that this particular deck is good. We’ve had this deck in the metagame in one form or another since the dawn of time when Saint Wooletheus stole 3 recurring credits from mount olympus and gifted them to Spags before returning to his slumber beneath the Team Covenant store in Tulsa where some say he still rests to this very day.
Something actually useful
I think if you are already playing pancakes decks this will be pretty familiar to you, and you don’t need a scholarship to hogwarts school of ice destruction to figure it out. I’d rather offer a small bit of advice to keep in mind when you are playing against this deck.
Don’t be overwhelmed by their options
When your opponent draws 2 cards each turn for free, can clonechip anything they want, and seems to have an endless stream of liberated clicks at their disposal it is very easy to become overwhelmed with the number of resources available to your opponent. The worst thing you can possibly do is “give up” and stop counting.
You need to have in mind that your opponent can IHW for 3 cards and run with 9 to discard; discard a david or parasite from hand with faust and clonechip it into play; turntable your agenda token away, etc.
If you stop tracking their outs it is the same as conceding the game, because finding little action windows and exploiting them is the name of the game against these high threat-density decks.
Tune your deck for the metagame
You don’t have to beat every single deck that could ever possibly exist. You don’t need to beat Combos McGee’s Pancharatatat deck, you don’t need to worry about what you are going to do against false echo+blackmail Val deck. Use your deck slots to beat the decks that you can actually lose games to.
It may seem like common knowledge, but take a hard look at your deck and make sure you aren’t irrationally clinging to net polices just to beat the one guy at your game store who plays nexus nasir – when store champs roll around that guy will probably be playing whizzard too anyhow.
Before you un-sleeve
Before you give up on your corp deck that you’ve been playing for the past few months because whizzard obliterates it (like most other decks) practice the matchup and try to figure out your plan. Two weeks ago everyone was pretty worried about beating ApoxMax, Last week it was Noise, this week it’s Thebigboy’s turn again.
This shit all moves pretty fast, don’t be so quick to set aside the decks that you’ve practiced with – your ability to do well at a tournament unfortunately requires that you be able to beat more than 1 deck at a time and picking up something new to improve one matchup will hurt all of your other matchups until you learn the ropes.
A Store Championship is as good a place as any to learn how to pilot a new deck, but if you are gunning for the top tables, you’d be better served by running with what you already know.
Anyway, that’s all I got for you guys, go out and dick-slap some dumbleforks for me this week.