Sorry to see you stepping back, Chill84.
I’ve never played with the Whizzard deck nor had any interest in doing so, and have often felt from the other side like my winning or losing was rarely due to just how consistently the Whizzard deck came together. It tramples some of my favorite archetypes, so I’ve had to adapt (by joining the asset-spam army), but over the course of many games against the archetype, and for that matter Noise, I still feel like I’m winning against newer players and being challenged by skilled players, and the complexity of the puzzle and my commitment to finding new angles of attack (like Hayley Blackmail, which I still think is a great deck even against IG) keeps this game alive for me.
Honestly, I think what’s contributed to this funk as much as Whizzard’s dominance, the MWL, and poor design choices in Mumbad Cycle has been the Slack chat itself. I said this there, and I still firmly believe it - it’s very easy posting in there to get hotboxed by the anxiety and funk. Just witness the freak-out that occurred the past three days over the IG deck. Which isn’t Abram’s fault, not in the slightest - the IG deck is just the latest in a long line of decks that are scary the first few times you play against them, until you see the seams and adjust your plan to attack them. (Indeed, the very first day the deck was around, Dan was already calling out the ways to shut it down.) But in that atmosphere, it’s very easy for something unusual and scary to trigger another death-spiral of “rip Netrunner” sentiment, even among top pros who should know better.
We’ve been here before so many times that a terrible card like Mumbad City Hall - which reminds me of Wireless Net Pavilion in its “which intern designed this horseshit”-ness - doesn’t even raise my blood pressure. It’s a metagame, kill your darlings, whatever it takes to win, etc. Whatever mantra gets you through the day. But this game is still tons of fun from where I’m sitting.
But hey. We’ll always have Apex.