Some of us never played in the early days of ANR. Some of you might miss those heady days when you had to play Decoy because the rules said you had to have at least 45 cards in your deck and you literally could find no other cards to wedge in there.
If I organized an online Single Core tournament, would you be interested in playing?
Now, I never did play with just the core set much longer than learning the game for the first few times, but I was under the impression that it’s very much not balanced faction-wise and the best decks are basically “Solved” for the core set. Am I mistaken?
It would actually be really interesting to see how players with several years of experience approach a single-Core set meta. I don’t think there were any big tournaments with just one Core set. Both the first Icebreaker when it was released at GenCon and the World’s tournament allowed up to 3.
IIRC, it was actually Gabe that was the dominant runner (winning the first World’s) and many smaller tournaments. Noise became a beast in the Genesis cycle, but with just 4 virus in the Core set (10 cards max total in a single Core, plus 2 Deja Vu) it was just second banana. But, with just one Core, you can only use 2 Siphons and 2 Scorch (and 1 Aesop’s!), so the signature cards of the best factions are limited, which may open it up much wider.
Also, Crash Space is another Scorch tech card, that’s also useful for Siphons. Probably another reason why Gabe was so good. No need to spend influence against the biggest threats.
Yep, that’s all correct. You need Crash Space and 5 cards at all times to survive*. But, Plascrete is about the same. If you have Plascrete and 3 cards, SEA Scorch Scorch is your doom. It is a bit easier to kill through Crash Space because they don’t have to wait for both Scorches.