Noah is a boss. I have huge respect for anyone who systematically improves their game, especially if they are on well balanced decks. I saw Noah taking notes @ GC & Worlds and I was impressed by the fact that he’s been able to stick with that approach and remain disciplined in improving. It’s the kind of player/approach that can really succeed at anything.
For a substantial portion of the year, Noah was on Yog + Personal Touch as a decoder in Kate, something I’ve not seen anyone else do successfully. He was able to have consistent success pretty much across the board with this build. In November, if you didn’t know, he had switched to Gordian Blade and 3x Technical Writer. These builds are pretty unique; nobody else is winning big tournaments with these. It’s one thing to play a strange ID/style that isn’t balanced and finish near the top in one tournament by avoiding/having good luck in your bad matchups. It’s another entirely to play your own style and consistently be active at the top of tournaments (Noah won or finished in the top 4 of a SC, Regional, US National, Worlds, and SHL this year). There are not a lot of people like this (Noah, Timmy, Minh, Jon D are all I can think of).
I didn’t know he’d been playing so long and working to get better all the time. That’s more impressive than just showing up and lucking out right away like me . Great read.