Because it's a European Apocalypse...
It's Apoc Val. What's more, it's the Apoc Val list I published 2 weeks ago with precisely the changes I mentioned there and no other differences. But let's talk about it in a little more depth this time!
So, like @twisty_b, I used @Swiftie's Apoc Val shell, a 46-card 10-influence list called DO NOT CHANGE ANY OF THESE CARDS, except that I changed fewer cards and will never apologise to Swiftie for anything. The change I made was cutting a Daily Casts to fit in five 1-influence cards.
The shell is straightforward Apoc Val: make money, find your breakers/DDoS, find an Apocalypse, and wait for an opportune moment. The follow up to the Apocalypse is either Wanton Destruction or another Apocalypse. I too thought the deck lacked central pressure but it turns out that's basically all you need - once you've ruined their gameplan it's enough to take single accesses or trash their hand.
Amped Up lets you recover from a Border Control, Crisium Grid, or other unavoidable way of wasting a run, but can also be used to super power a Wanton Destruction. Same Old Thing can be used in tandem with Amped Up if you have an Apoc in the bin but not in hand, or just to Stimhack a remote.
I'm sure Swiftie can provide deeper insights into the finer points and decisions in this shell.
My extremely spicy splash is 3 Deuces Wilds and 2 Career Fairs. The latter is just raw economic efficiency with a lot of great targets (and helps you avoid discarding down as much on massive draw digs), but the former is more interesting and considered. In essence, it's my tech for unfavorable matchups: it lets you go through a Data Raven and clear the tag or draw up to protect the Apoc against Jinteki and still make the three runs needed. Click compression in very, very precise and essential ways, that defaults to some money and cards in every other matchup. It never quite got to see those plays on the day but the reasoning is sound.
This deck went 4-3(ish) at the tournament, which combined with my corp also going 4-3 got me to 20th place on 8-6. A result I'm very pleased with! My matchups in order were:
Going 4-3 against such an absurdly strong schedule as this (3 of my opponents made the cut!) is frankly ridiculous, so I can't be disappointed with my performance at all. Good times.
And massive thanks and love to Austin, Akira, and Michał for putting on an incredible event and working so hard over both days, y'all are amazing <3