How good is your poker face? Go back a couple of years ago and I had my fair mix of success and failure with traps and tricks, but Jeremy was my nemesis. Every time I put an agenda in a remote he took. Whenever I double advanced a trap he ignored it. Ultimately I got fed up and had to ask his secret. “Just luck I guess” was the reply. There was no secret to his decision making – no obvious tell I was giving away. He just chose to run or not more or less at random and somehow over several weeks avoided all my traps.
He wasn’t completely running at random though, obviously. He was judging credit totals. Can I get in? Will it be worth it if I do? Is it worth a go anyway just to make the Corp rez some stuff? What’s the worst that can happen? Sometimes you have to go with your gut though…
At the Manchester Regionals last year I had a player run through three pieces of ICE to a double advanced card, whereupon he paused. I looked down at the card, gave a half-hidden smirk and then straightened my face, looked up and enquired “access?”. Notorious for playing Aggressive Secretary as I was, my opponent stopped and spent a good two minutes agonising over it. Then jacked out. Next turn I triple advance and score a Hades Fragment. I basically won a game by smirking.
During the King of Servers event at Worlds weekend, Zach killed more people with a 6-advanced Junebug than has ever been recorded in the entire history of the world. (I have no evidence to back this up.)
Getting people to eat traps seems to come down to one’s ability to “sell” them. Encouraging people to run traps you advance over several turns is even more skill-intensive. Arguably getting them to access cards you haven’t advanced is even more tricky.
How good are you at getting the traps to happen? Do you pack Back Channels to recover your losses, due to being so rubbish at it? Are your sparring partners run-happy or risk-averse? What’s the secret to spoiling Runner’s fun and raining on their parade?
What about the other way round? Can you sniff a bluff at 20 paces? Or might you just as well tattoo Snare on your face the numbers of times you run into one?