Right now (Sept. 30,2017) a lot of players are enjoying the open feel of the meta. All the changes in the card pool have given many players a fresh boost of enthusiasm for the game.
After Worlds - and perhaps before then - the best minds in the game will have settled on the best decks. They might be “fair” Netrunner, but odds are good they will be few in number and very strong. We will find again that there are a handful of best decks that all serious competitive players use and know, with a few extraordinary exceptions.
When we get there, will all the joy drain away again for some of the players who seem so enthusiastic right now?
How can we help buffer the community from what will always happen in a game like this?
Please note, this topic is not inviting attacks on competitive players or the tournament meta. Those players and that meta are responsible for the vast majority of what makes the ANR community a community. I am grateful to the competitive players for their contributions to the game.
I am merely trying to encourage conversation about what we can do to help foster positive experiences for those who find excitement in the unpredictable and unsolved meta, because we all know that the meta will not remaIn that way long. Can we create some space in the community via events or formats that provide that unsolved feel that some players really love?
(My contribution to this effort has been running regular online Cache Refresh tournaments.)