Are tricks and tech bad for player skill development?
Last night, I lost a game playing Whizzard vs Jemision. The key moment was when I ran an Archer without a way for my Mimic to get to strength 6. It wrecked my board, and I did not recover in time to keep him from winning.
I was outplayed and simply forgot that Archer was something to worry about when running that remote. As I think back on the game, I had a possible line of play that might have helped me bounce back, and I can think of at least one point early in the game where I wasted 2 credits that would have made a big difference late. So, basically, if I’d played better, I would have had a chance still in that game.
But on the drive home, what I was thinking about was how playing my favorite Shaper would have protected me from my mistakes. If I’d had various forms of Shaper tricks, I could have overcome the fact that I forgot that Archer exists. In the aftermath of a play mistake (and getting out played by a better player), what I thought about was how different cards in my deck might have helped me out rather than how I might have played the game differently with the cards I had.
My own thought process has me thinking that my development as a player is improved when I play without tricks and tech that cover up for my play mistakes. If I have to suffer for my mistakes, I’m probably more likely to over time to reduce them.
This is not a post criticizing Shaper. I am just trying to reflect on my own learning process and see if others share those experiences or conclusions. What do you think?