Isn’t this what Netrunner nights are for? I don’t know about anyone else, but our weekly nights are packed with jank. Just a few weeks ago a Blue Sun deck milled my DLR Leela completely. It was hilarious and fun. By the time our GNK or FFG events roll around, I’m craving some ‘competitive’ play. Recently our tournaments here have been offering last place prizes as well as promo raffles inside GNK boxes, as a sort of grab bag for not dropping out. One of our new guys got TWO Corporate Troubleshooters at the San Antonio ANRPC in his raffle box. I think that’s awesome, but I don’t see what else can be done without damaging the integrity of events.
I do see how people can start arguments about casual vs. competitive if your only Netrunner play is GNKs and online. You get out your cards, build a deck, and show up and get stomped by someone running the newest flavor of NEH. But is it really a problem? The type of player to vocalize the complaints in the article about the competitive scene often come from a flawed perspective, and are justly tuned out in almost every other hobby that isn’t inherently broken. It’s their fault for not putting in the time - researching why they got beat by NEH two months in a row, coming to casual nights and improving, looking up decks, getting involved in communities.
Achievement leagues exist, prize raffles exist, last place prizes exist, as does good, plain casual play. Asking your meta to build non-competitive decks every now and then is not an impassable barrier.
Not only that, but having the tact to respect the competitive sides of things is something these complainers seem to not have. Finding the optimal paths to victory is natural for any game, and the ones that aren’t flawed or imbalanced last - like Netrunner. Debates about how these types of people feel and how to accommodate them are often wasted breath, at least in the world of hobbies.
I really had to struggle through facepalms at the beginning of the article when the author tries to apply concepts of privilege to something as simple as casual vs. competitive. Maybe Stefan was getting it from the podcast itself. I had an inkling I was getting into a mire about hope of false equality and feelings about losing, but in the end I’m not exactly sure what I read - it felt like a void of buzzwords and nothingness about an age-old debate.
I’m not expecting a response, just expressing my opinion on what seems to be a non-issue, especially in this wonderful community. If your meta is experiencing these problems, there are many ways to please all kinds of players without bending backwards to the unaccommodating ones themselves - best of luck.