For Crown of Lasers I agreed to be the team's Shaper/NBN player, the factions I played i my very first tournaments which still hold a dear place in my heart even if I now stray elsewhere a bit more often.
For runner I decided to play Aesop's Hayley, it being an archetype I have a lot of experience with and one that has given me decent competitive success. The lists have seen a lot of variation since the old Pitchfork days with trips to the Circus, the Beach and a foray into the Music Industry but all feature the similar core principles of versatility on top of a solid economic engine.
As the worlds MWL effectively killed the Engolo lists I began to focus more on the compile/Brahman style with Stargate as the key late game tool. Initially I found these lists very difficult to play as I would often find my breakers were not where I needed them (Cyber-Cypher locked to a central or D4v1d in stack with no way to get it out to break the remote) but they were putting up results elsewhere so I worked on my play and mulligan strategies and began to see improvement.
My list ended up pretty close to what @TugtetguT played (and in fact matches @Rjorb's from Sydney Regionals) - I dropped 1 Paricia for a Freedom Through Equality to give a faster out vs 6 agenda decks or sports combo when I am stargating everything and I took Ika instead of Na'Not'K as it gives me a second good breaker vs Tour Guide and has good numbers otherwise despite sometimes being fiddly. I also didn't bother with a Feedback Filter which probably meant my matchup vs IG and certainly Kakugo decks was worsened but I successfully dodged all of those in the main event.
I wasn't entirely set on taking this for Worlds itself but at Crown of Lasers it felt very good and I went 4-1 and leaving me comfortable sticking with it. My team (A Bunch of Appealing Chaps in our fetching banana attire) made a very respectable 8th and had an absolute blast.
On the morning of Worlds I was standing outside the metro station in Rotterdam waiting for part of the UK crew to leave their weird Escher-hostel not paying much attention to my surroundings when suddenly a street sweeper drove right past me.
I was pondering this close call when it turned round and passed me once again.
Immediately I began to wonder what sign the universe was trying to give me about my Worlds performance.
Was I going to be swept?
Was I going to be the sweeper?
I split my first two rounds (Hayley beat Blue Sun on time and Mushin Aginfusion by guessing right) - clearly the sweeper had been trying to tell me that by going past twice in opposite directions.
With this newfound understanding I proceeded to sweep my next two rounds (Hayley beating Rude Outfit and Jinja Next) putting me back on track for day 2
I then split round 5 (beating Tigerbread RP with a very strong Hayley start and early paricias) and ID'd 6 and 7 to go into day 2 on 9-5, the minimum required but still the best of my three worlds performances.
On the morning of day 2 I am once again at the metro station but this time inside due to rain and slightly earlier due to needing to make registration.
I hear the low roar of an engine coupled with the hiss of brushes - The Sweeper is back!
This time I know to pay attention to his signs
He... drives around the building
Circling me four times
Then drives past and away to the next task
I try to catch his eye but he stares straight ahead
His purpose is clear and requires no acknowledgement from me
I question if there has even been a Sweeper as no-one else has been present to bear witness
I arrive at the venue and register, confirm that I need to... Sweep out to make top 16
Pairings go up and I sit down
My opponent does not appear
A mistake, they were to be dropped
I get awarded a bye, a free sweep
Round 2 my opponent and I agree to just play and I successfully sweep (vs Argus with another strong Hayley start)
The Sweeper cast a spell of some sort, blessed me at the event and gave me the points I needed to make the finals...
Anyway I came 20th due to SoS and so then went and lost a couple games of Chaos in the Old World
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