Matchup 1: Aendy v EtF Moons (Le Classique)

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What Your Deck Does

This is a very balanced and relatively straightforward deck. You have a lot of powerful economy events and resources, a late game closer in Medium and efficient breakers. You should be looking to run aggressively and frequently to maximise the value of your deck, while also developing your board to increase the payoff for doing so.

What To Mulligan For

Desperado, Aumakua, a mix of economy and draw cards

Tips and Tricks for the Matchup

This matchup will often come down to how much time you can afford to spend drawing and developing against how much you need to control the Corp’s board state. Be wary of sinking too many clicks in to the latter, and click intensive cards like Temüjin Contract can actually set you back if you focus too much on them. It’s often better to use these cards gradually, while letting passive draw and economy like Earthrise Hotel and Bloo Moose carry your early game.

Your first priority is to stop the Corp player defending and developing a large Estelle Moon early. Don’t be afraid to face check ice to prevent this; it’s better than letting the remote go unchallenged. You should also try to check face down remotes where possible; partly because finding face down threats like Tech Startup is key, and partly because an Advanced Assembly Lines can potentially shut down a Temüjin Contract without you getting any benefit from it.

All of the assets are important but trash Jeeves Model Bioroids if you possibly can, as it’s a key card to many of the Corp’s preferred scoring strategies. Be careful and selective in what you trash, as even a healthy credit balance can soon evaporate. Above all, try to make sure that you’re drawing enough cards; as difficult as this can be you won’t win if you don’t!

5 comments
30 Oct 2019 adquen

Only two Aenas Informant? In my memory you always played three in this deck ...

31 Oct 2019 3N1GM4

I should added a note to these writeups - these are the decklists and accompanying notes for them relating to the Classic Matchup side event which will run at UK Nats. They were devised by @nemamiah rather than myself and I take no credit for them, just wanted to make them available on NRDB for people who found that convenient. So, I have no idea why there are 2 Aeneas rather than 3, but Chris might be able to respond if he has time.

31 Oct 2019 3N1GM4

I should added a note to these writeups - these are the decklists and accompanying notes for them relating to the Classic Matchup side event which will run at UK Nats. They were devised by @nemamiah rather than myself and I take no credit for them, just wanted to make them available on NRDB for people who found that convenient.

So, I have no idea why there are 2 Aeneas rather than 3, but Chris might be able to respond if he has time.

31 Oct 2019 Nemamiah

What up classic fans. The answer to this is a bit half baked, I'm afraid, but it's basically that this meta never really got a chance to be tuned and developed because it got killed by the rotation buzzsaw soon afterwards. However, as dominant as Moons was the switchup decks at the time were Sync and CI, both of which Aeneas was essentially dead against. This list is a little more rounded than one you'd build just to beat Moons, but we've gone for it partly because it's an authentic example of what was going round at the time and partly because of the lists we looked at it provided the best gameplay for the matchup.

2 Nov 2019 adquen

@Nemamiah: Thanks for a lot for the explaination!

I find it very interesting that you consider this meta to be not tuned. I remember all those Andy and Moons lists that differ one or two cards from tournament win to tournament wins. But that might have given a false impression, and "provided the best gameplay for the matchup" is actually a very good reason, regardless of the other parts.