It's Just a little paparazzied it's still good it's still good!
Argus has been like a comfy pair of slippers for me over the last year. Whenever I don't really know what to play, don't feel comfortable with the best decks, or just had no time to practice before a tournament Argus Security was there for me already sleeved up in a spare deck box. Maybe a little frayed at the edges, a little hole a 419 has nibbled that my toe peeks out but always comfy.
After worlds I knew I wouldn't get a lot of time in to practice and I was pretty happy with my worlds performance and had pretty much locked in my deck Argus was nailed on. Then whispers of an unkillable Liza deck. Then American Nats happens.
I was already a bit down on the meta but was pleasantly surprised at worlds when I had a really good time (netrunner wise, I was always going to have a good time at worlds). I felt part of that was due to picking good decks I enjoyed playing rather than the "best" decks which I didn't. UK Nats was the day after a family wedding and I'd flip flopped a few times on whether I was going to play or just hang out and if Liza meant Argus wasn't going to be viable I was really struggling for a corp I wanted to play with 3 hours sleep and a hangover and was ready for a day hanging out and cheer leading my friends.
Self-Growth Program Enters Stage Left
Self-Who-Whatnow? I say to myself in the fall out of US Nats. Little did I know it was my savior. Now I just needed to find the cuts to fit it in.......... Crap. I bounced off the folx I usually go to for deck advice, I didn't like any of the options, they all make the deck so much worse. I think cutting a HHN was always a nope for me, it might be correct but I feel you give people license to disrespect HHN if you only have 2 of them especially in the cut where lists are known (I also think once or twice people misplayed against me assuming I was on the 2 HHN build in swiss). I'm still not 100% on the SDS drone agenda suite, I hate it so much. I think I'll try 2 raven for whats left of this meta but hopefully #BanLizaBanHpt is in our future.
I'd always hoped I'd make a cut at a major event at some point and wondered how it'd feel and the thing I'd never considered was just how happy for me my other netrunners would be it was a bit overwhelming I love this community so much there are a so many kind and lovely people.
Big shout out the TOs Johno, Ian and Pauly for absolutely killing it
The List didn't drop a game in Swiss, but if time isn't called i probably lose the draw vs Val. It faced: 2 Liza, 2 419, Val and an ID. Lost in the cut to a Freedom with a bit of bad luck on hail Mary R&D accesses that wasn't helped by me forgetting to Atlas counter 1 agenda on the click 4 run.
And finally just remember the next time you're feeling down on the meta, sleeve up the decks you enjoy playing the most, imagine a giant ANR Pig sailing through the air and whisper to yourself: "It's just a little prison decked, it's still good! It's still good!" Because it is, because y'all are good.
14 Nov 2019 Cliquil