Based on the Smokey McPot deck from Jackmade. I figured with all the CI likely to be at Worlds, I needed to play something that could keep Clot on the table. Having never played Lady Haley before, but having played Smoke at a couple of Cache Refresh events, I looked for a Smoke that I could understand. Also, in a strange turn of events, I ended up leaving all my Diesels at home in a rotation-related filing mishap.
While it was very popular at the top tables, after a first round loss, I played only Jinteki decks the rest of the day. I went 3-3 and definitely went on tilt after one bad play in Rd. 3. More than my fair share of good luck on this side, though, and a lot of fun.
Against Jacob H from the Seattle meta, I struggled valiantly but ended up getting my Brain rewired. He was credit perfect on combo-ing through a Political Operative that I had got down on a very early turn, and was surprised when I wasn't even aware that there was an interaction with PolOp and CVS. (There turns out not to be anyway.)
I did learn somewhat to my embarrassment that you have to have a hand to run through Loki. I did get a couple of agendas off the top of R&D, but not enough.
Against Mark of IceIceHedgeFund fame on an Obokata Protocol AgInfusion with Eliza's Toybox. This game went second in our series of a mirror-match where he indicated he expected me to show him how it was done. I didn't know about all that, but I was able to put my Film Critic to good use before time expired. He got good value out of Eliza's, but I did get enough multi-access on the other side of a DNA Tracker to take the game. I believe I was able to get to 6 before time expired, leaving his agenda he was about to score as not enough.
Against CowboyHatValor on Mushin PE. Several Mushined cards on the board meant can't really survive a Komainu reliably, and I'm more than half-way through the deck without a Self-modifying Code or Switchblade but with all the rest of the setup. I finally draw to an SMC and install it, passing the turn. It gets Best Defense'd, and I tilt and start running literally all the wrong remotes, and died to Ronin.
Against Obscurica of Medium and Twitter fame on Obokata AgInfusion with Punitive. An early Celebrity Gift showed me three Obokata and two Punitive, so I knew what to do. I kept Film Critic in hand until I was set up and ready to go, including dropping Beth Kilrain-Chang the turn before. Beth got hit with MCA Informant immediately, meaning I could host an Obokata and get rid of Beth on the crucial turn. Seeing the Film Critic sort of put James on tilt a bit (understandably) and I took it home from there.
Against Joel Broad on Obokata AgInfusion. Similar to last round, an early Celebrity Gift showed me an Obokata and a Nisei Mk2 without Critic down. I had enough to make it through to a win.
My last game, against the British gentleman and music aficionado sixtyten on Obokata AgInfusion again. He got me with two Batty's on an Inazuma / Cobra remote and 1/2 of the psi games. Should have had the coverage with all the Sacrificial Constructs and having only used one on a Tapwrm. But trashing the Switchblade meant I lost the Refractor as well, and it was just a load of running Chiyashi after. I conceded via a cardless run into a Breached Dome archives for the flatline.
Worlds is amazing, you should go. I have to figure out how to go every year now.
I clearly did miss those Diesels in the one important round, but in general, Professional Contacts really pulled its weight. Having played a run-based Smoke in Cache Refresh, and experienced it definitely running out of resources, the ProCo curve seemed a good match for me after all.