Poulter's Potatoe Panic (2nd Place Prisfyndet SC 23 players)

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So Laurie Poulter is a guy, and he makes decks. I took one of those decks, changed a couple of cards and took it to 2nd place at the Prisfyndet Store Champs in Uppsala, Sweden this Saturday. Easy peasy.

Me and has-been Warpstoned haven't played much of ANR for the past six months, but decided to make our grand comeback this Saturday in Uppsala, Sweden (pre-Quorum tournament) together with a new guy. None of us was very interested in winning so none of us took Whizzard/CtM/Andy, instead opting for Shaper (me on Kate, Warpstoned on CT, Jonathan on Smoke) and Jinteki/Weyland (them on Blue Sun and Argus, respectively).

Changes from the original

I won't go into the deck as a whole as the cards mostly weren't my choices. I did however make room for a couple of Enforced Curfew to combat the onslaught of Employee Strike I was expecting. The two Pop-up Windows became a couple of Mumba Temple as I wanted to not rely on correct placement to get them to cash in (and I wanted more cards for the runner to be forced to trash).

"Left for dead. Burning for revenge."

I ended up coming in 8th in swiss, making it to the top 8 cut (which probably should have been a top 4 cut), and then staying alive for longer than I had any place doing. The deck went 5-2 during the day, and was paired with this Dyper Kate deck. Here's the report as I remember it (sorry if I got anything wrong).

Round 1, loss: Rasmus (laxen of Nashibushi fame), Valencia BM spam
I got of to a pretty decent start, managing to get all of his three Blackmails with the Ark Lockdown. Having seen Trope I wasn't sure if he was also running Levy, but sure enough he was. I didn't manage to get the Lockdown back to take Levy away from the heap.

Round 2, win: new guy on Silhouette
I didn't have to do much here. He was hit for his both (!) Gordians, ending up doing a Legwork run through a Aiki, hitting both a Shock and a Snare. Felt sorry for the guy.

Round 3, win: Josefine (dez), Whizzard
She didn't really know what my deck was up too, but gave it a good run for it's money despite not having Levy in the deck. Managed to Bio-ethics her to death.

Round 4, loss: Magnus (ilza), Noise (!)
This was a disaster. I didn't get Hostiles online the whole game, and he managed to keep me down with Imps and mills. When he drew his last card, Levy, and played it I conceded the game (with something like 10 cards left in R&D).

Top 8 round 1, win: Magnus (ilza), Noise
Was again paired up with Magnus from the previous round, but this time both the engine itself and the Levy snipe managed to seal the win. It was a very tight game, and one of the more fun ones I've had in a while.

Top 8 round 2 winners, win: Christian (zaanash), Nexus/DLR Andy
Again a deck without Levy, which was ultimately what gave me the win. He put Temu on Archives early, and only ran twice before I overdrew putting one (and later two) Shock in there. I managed to avoid Siphons with crucial rezzes, and got two DNA Tracker on HQ where I had three agendas most of the game. Two ticking Bio-ethics and two Hostiles (one on a Hokusai) sealed the deal.

Top 8 Winners Finals, runner loss

Top 8 Losers Finals, runner win

Top 8 Grand Finals game 1, win: best-dressed-at-Worlds Yoshi, Dumblefork Whizz
This is by far my (and most decks') toughest matchup. Turn 1 Slums made it really difficult to stick the crucial assets and have R&D be as spiky as I wanted it to. Even still I managed to keep getting hits in, and get his Employee Strike of the board a couple of times with Curfew. Again the Levy snipe and subsequent Ark Lockdown won me the game, making him go on a couple of 4-6 card medium runs, dying to Shock/Snare.

Top 8 Grand Finals game 2, runner loss

I joked that I didn't want to play more than four rounds, but it was of course super fun being able to keep my own against good players and with decks I didn't really have a good grasp on.

22 Jan 2017 Lorgar

Grats! Thank you for the deck and the write up. I'm playing a comparable list and took the POWs out for a second ArkLock. The Mumbas are an interesting choice. I'm not convinced by them because they are vulnerable to Whizzard and Val. Maybe you try out eco operations? In my deck CelGifts and Hedge Fonds are enough because I'm anyway clicking for creds in order to stall the game a bit until their stack is gone. Also two Vanillas in my list support to combat early Account Siphons.

What are you experiences with the Enforced Curfew? Did it in practice actually support a kill? Most of my kills are with an empty stack so I'm a bit in doubt.

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@LorgarThanks! I wanted to try the Mumbas out because they are more prone to being targets for trashing - I wanted people to feel the need to trash either them or my Hostiles, which the original Pop-up Windows didn't really do.

As econ though they never lasted very long, and I'm not convinced either that they are better than Pop-ups.

Siphons I almost entirely managed to dodge with well-timed rezzes (Hostiles and DNA Trackers mostly), so Vanilla doesn't feel needed here.

Enforced Curfew were there to get rid of Employee Strikes, which they mostly did really well. As for the actual ability I think the runner having to discard down to 4 each turn really speeds up the slow mill plan, as they most certainly don't want to run most servers with less than five cards if they can avoid it. That means drawing up, and if nothing bad happens they still have to discard a card.