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Quality Time for Slot 46


Is adding a Quality Time to a deck worth going to 46 cards?

I’m inclined to say yes by the following logic. Diesel reduces the # of clicks to draw the entire deck by 2. Quality time reduces it by 1, assuming you had to click once for each credit to play QT. Assuming that adding a QT in slot 46 has a neutral effect on deck size, although could be detrimental to tempo when drawn.

The deck I’m specifically working on runs two Prepaid voice pads, and of course a fair amount of econ cards. QT should therefore reduce the # of clicks by 2-3 having the net effect of reducing effective deck size.

Of course it would be ideal to run at 45 cards with 3 QT and 3 Diesel but given that the only expendable cards are things like a 3rd copy of Kati or 2nd/3rd copies of cards that are live in multiples (Dirty Laundry, Plascrete, NACH, Sure Gamble) it seems reasonable to run at 46 rather than cut a QT.

So, thoughts? Am I on the right track logically, or am I missing something glaringly obvious?


It still reduces your odds of getting the cards you want in your opening 5. How important is that to you?


That’s an excellent point and an interesting question. The only card I desperately want to see in my opening hand every time is Kati. Which is why I’ve moved up to running 3 copies of her. Everything else is either playable in the opening hand or counts towards wanting to mulligan (Levy, SoT, Femme). The deck expects to draw a lot of cards over the course of the game so I think the answer is not that important. I can certainly play without Kati, and the deck is resilient enough money-wise to play an early QT.

This does yield an interesting second point though. I’ve considered using the extra “space” created by a slot 46 QT to add 1-2 econ cards that I would be happy to see at most times through the game. Probably Daily Casts. This feels wrong but I think I’m going to test it tonight in half a dozen games to see if anything immediately jumps out.


Yes add the QTime.

And then cut something to be 45 again.