How people usually react when I mention my favorite smashy boi is good
The reality after he smashed his way to 2nd and 7th in Belgian nats
Why are you playing Freedom? Isn't Val just better?
My response to this is usually a polite smile, shrug, and something along the lines of "I just like the uniqueness of his ability" which while true, is selling this deck short. I really do consider Freedom to be on par with Val in a varied field, since it's significantly better vs Weyland and Ctm. I won't repeat the usual pro/cons since Val lists have been debated endlessly already, but I will dispel some common fallacies I keep hearing:
To me, all of this sounds worth trying over 50 cards and a BP.
What's that falsified credentials doing in the deck??
It's anti-Mushin tech, since that card tilts me like no other and I was sure @ryanbantwins would be playing it. Turns out he wasn't, and I didn't get to play the scary mushin deck which made the top 8. Had some success with it sniffing out a fly on the wall in one of the cut games, and 2 times in swiss to confirm whether an IAA was worth stimhacking. I'd just play a career fair and extra turtle instead in hindsight, but I still think it's a fun card.
So how did the deck do?
Swiss 4-1, wins vs Mti, Ctm, Argus x2 and loss vs Mti. Top8 win vs Azmari, and loss vs Ctm (I'll never hear the end of that one). Overall very pleased, Mti loss I got stuck under early scarcity and made 2 wrong calls on what was in the remote. I lost my first and only game against Ctm at the hands of @massisi who basically flopped the nuts. Being the strong player he is, he subsequently buried me in tags before I could smash his ops.
Thanks to all Belgian players, specifically Driesel, Ron Zacapa ( <3), Clercqie, Q, SmokeElmo and Noobface (you know who you are). Also huge props to @massisi for winning the whole thing, and all the Brits for making the trip. Lastly, thanks to @clusterfox for organising, I had a blast.
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