1st Place Runner @ US Cambridge Regionals on 2018/06/30 at Pandemonium Books & Games
This Regional had 23 players, four rounds of Swiss, followed by double-elim top 8.
Corp deck: Skorp
Watch Freeware, a ~7min short, by Alex Orelle. I'll wait..
(Also: Runner. Git rekt, NBN.)
Once the drip starts, most turns involve running a central to incite a rez, using bad publicity credits to install or use a conspiracy breaker, bounce on an ETR or laugh through the traces, trigger Nexus if needed, then jack out (or access, if the run is cheap), and gain a The Turning Wheel counter. TTW counters are important because, when paired with Divide and Conquer, you can access all of HQ and a significant portion of R&D.
For certain matchups (e.g., Mti), consider mulligan'ing into an Employee Strike.
On the day, only one corp ICE'd Archives. Landing well-timed D&Cs was effortless.
This was Reina's only loss of the day, but it was fun!
The corp was a variant -- copy or original -- of Naked Bootleg: feed the Runner several cheap or -1 "agendas" and score behind a Giordano Memorial Field. Unfortunately, the Fields met a tragic accident before groundbreaking could commence.
They eventually score 5pts and 2 Domestic Sleepers. With two turns remaining, I build TTW counters then launch into an 7 (1+6) card dig via Divide and Conquer. For each of the 2 Global Food Initiatives stolen from HQ, Sportsmetal drew 2 replacement cards which kept another game-winning agenda hidden in HQ. Big whiff on the R&D dig.
Next turn they activated their second Sleeper. This freedom fighter went home.
Applied economic pressure by landing an Employee Strike, running to force a rez, initiating Nexus traces, and jacking out to build TTW. I closed out the game with another deep D&C dive, grabbing an agenda from HQ and two from R&D.
First hand was decent, but lacked Employee Strike. Mulligan was better.
They did the bold Mti opening of IA into a naked remote. A labor dispute finds a tokenless Nisei in my score area. A turn or two later, a second Nisei is pilfered from R&D, and an Obokata Protocol is sighted (with only 3 cards in grip). They later build a single-ICE remote and IAA. Game-winning turn includes Maxwell James, a run on HQ, and on-encounter derez of their Kakugo to steal an Obokata.
Fortunately, most NBN ICE are tracers. The remote was deep -- but nothing Maxwell and Nexus couldn't handle -- whereas HQ was a toothless News Hound and R&D was protected by IP Block and Enigma. Single accesses, using 3 bad pub, to build TTW lead to the win. No D&C needed.
We play a war of currents: EStrike vs. Scarcity of Resources. After nabbing a Vanity Project from R&D, I find another two 3pt agendas in HQ. (I hit a Shi.Kyū in Archives earlier.) Reina literally won the match because IG was on 4 creds and could not afford to rez the single Kakugo protecting HQ.