Thanks for coming team! We had 19 attendees, which is a good turnout.
Claiming the bell was Brendan, with 9 wins from 10. James came second with 8 wins. Then Ollie with 7.5 and Dave S with 6.5 rounded out the top 4. Places 5 to 8, all on six wins and divided only by strength of schedule, were Rupert, Joey, (Aldershot) Pete and myself.
(place, name, points, SoS, extended SoS)
1. Brendan J 18 2.24000 2.38800
2. James N 16 1.84000 2.37200
3. Ollie M 15 2.24000 2.24200
4. Dave S 13 2.52000 2.06400
5. Rupert 12 2.52000 2.19000
6. Joey M 12 2.04000 2.16400
7. Pete W 12 1.96000 2.05800
8. John O 12 1.96000 1.99200
9. Rob T 10 2.06000 2.12267
10. Chris 10 1.74000 2.11867
11. Pete D 9 2.48000 2.21200
12. Guy P 9 2.18000 1.95867
13. Lucy 8 2.35000 2.04000
14. Dave E 8 1.80000 2.13200
15. Phil 8 1.44000 2.19000
16. Ben 6 2.60000 1.89500
17. Tom B 6 2.04000 1.80000
18. Paul B 6 1.93333 1.99333
19. Sam G 4 2.00000 1.79000
My own day was pretty good. A delicious egg and salmon breakfast set me up for the start of the day. I like the pre-tourney breakfast tradition that has formed.
I was running Nexus Kate and the Blue Sun that I have dubbed "Book of Murder" in lieu of knowing if it actually is a known existing archetype. (It's a kitchen sink Blue Sun with 6 agendas/punitive, sea scorch, advancable traps/snares as well as the diagnostics combo)
I don't have detailed notes, so here follow some highlights and memorable moments:
Round 1, 4-0 vs Phil:
I scored a Government Takeover! I love that card. The incredible intensity with which each successive advancement counter goes down is poetic. Also, once it's scored "take 9" is a thing you can say!
Round 2, 0-4 vs Dave S:
I was paired with Dave S for an insane match. Nexus Kate took foodcoats to the wire in an absolute nailbiter, before ultimately being locked out of the remote and taxed out of a 5 or 6-ice R&D, after a clock-sapping 57 minutes. This was also Nexus Kate's only loss on the day. With the prospect of a 7 minute reverse game, I just went turbo-rush with Blue Sun, which it's actually not too bad at if you can find agendas. I rushed out a Hades Fragment and started building a diagnostics combo at the bottom of R&D (in what has become my signature move), while mostly ignoring what Dave was up to. Clone Chips, Technical Writers sure. Hyperdriver, weird but ok. Two more Hyperdrivers... Sure. Then in the last turn, Dave's bonkers 14-click keyhole big-dig went off. I thought I might have weathered it alright since there are so few agendas in my deck, but he got the points. If I'd understood the risk, I would have installed a Jackson in my scoring remote (and not a 2-advanced Junebug trying to bait a run) and I think that would have saved me.
Round 3, 2-2 vs (Aldershot) Pete:
Professor spot! #newmeta
Following some unwanted HQ pressure, I rezzed and picked up the Snare in my scoring remote. It worked a charm! I don't remember the Kate game, apart from that it was a win, but after a bit of a slog.
Round 4, 4-0 vs Sam:
Nexus Kate set up with R&D pressure quite quickly against Sam's GFI/TFP Medtech and ignored the remote. Sam couldn't draw an agenda in the windows and I got an early GFI while digging madly for my Film Critic since I didn't want to face psi-games for Future Perfects. I got a second GFI and found and installed my Film Critic, and the end of the game was a formality really, since my 3xRDIs made my R&D pressure insurmountable. We swapped sides but Sam made an error and dropped to three cards after an early run, and I had a kill in hand. Unfortunate.
Round 5, 2-2 vs Joey:
My competitive on-camera debut! Against Joey, who's on camera all too often
. I didn't think it would, but it does add a weight and meaningfulness to every decision!
Nexus Kate ignored the remote and put intense pressure on R&D against foodcoats, and got the win. Against Joey's feared Noise, it was quite close. It got to 6-6, but Joey managed to Parasite away my large barriers and throttle my economy (well, a bit). I came close to a kill at one point with two Punitives (and nothing else) in hand after he'd stolen an agenda, but he checked Archives, where I'd hidden my Government Takeover. I had to rez and use Jackson and Hacktivist Meeting took away the kill. A late medium dig got the win (but with only one agenda left in R&D). I really need to slot CVS if I can to combat these big digs (and Parasucker).
We bookmarked the day with a trip to Wetherspoons for a post-tourney dinner. Servicable food with some good chat.