It’s true that slow decks can be a chore on octgn, since there is some inherent bloat in game time by the nature of octgn, but I hardly think PE is the worst offender. I tend to find games with beginners take the longest (aside from the obvious reasons why), I find their decks tend to be overly defended without a game plan. You slowly beat them, but it takes waaay longer than it needs to, and you can see that you’re winning even if they can’t.
If it’s because you don’t find PE “fun”, and I can see how it can feel that way when the game drags on from recovery turns and constantly needling your hand is annoying. Then again, everyone and their mother is playing noise on octgn, and if I don’t wanna play against another carbon copy noise deck, I just play runner myself. I would say that since it’s octgn and not a tournament, packing a little net damage defense is probably not going to be the end of the world if you really find it that frustrating