Thanks for the summary, Andrew.
HB was absolutely the dominant corp identity in the meta currently, with over 50% of the overall field and the top 8 playing the HB core identity. So, it’s no surprise that E3 was so clutch.
It was absolutely correct that you demanded a re-seeding for the bye after one late player showed up. In a tournament with an elimination final bracket, match points is the second tie-breaker, and will rarely come into play. As a result, the disadvantage from getting a bye (0 match points) isn’t a big deal, and the advantage of the bye (6 prestige and only 3 more rounds of Swiss) is obvious. Don’t know if you noticed, but I thought for a couple of seconds after you asked for that, and then quietly and grumpily went back to print out new match-ups.
As it turned out, it was fortunate for me that you demanded this, because I had actually messed up in the initial data entry, and had two players with the same id number, and as a result thought that I had 44 players when I really had 45. The new player actually now made it so that there wasn’t a bye, instead of causing a bye.
There were lots of good players in the tournament, and lots of them didn’t make the top 8; it’s a really strong field. I think the fact that we only had one undefeated player after just 3 rounds indicates the depth of the competition that people brought to the regionals.
That said, the two players I saw with the most potential for the future were Conrad, and Don Unger. Conrad placed in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket, and had some real gutsy play before getting knocked out in that round. Meanwhile, Don placed in the top 8 without any direct experience with the metagame, only having played against one other person before the event. This is the kind of game where the skill of your opponents somewhat limits how much your own skill can develop, so I thought this was pretty remarkable.
I’m going to talk with Anthony and Anthony about some stim-hack columns on tournament organizing for Netrunner, so I’ll save the rest of my thoughts for those…