Hey Alex. That actually isn’t true that Joe played corp 3 three times(he did play corp 3 times against me in the tournament though). We played once in swiss(both sides). Then played 3 times in elimination. Two times I played runner, once I played corp. (so he played corp 3 times against me throughout the day total which is probably where the mistake came from, and I played corp twice against him). One of us had to play one side more. He did play corp back to back, but that was because I played an extra game in the losers bracket that he did not have to play.
I really like tournaments ending in elimination, it is a LOT more fun(for me). My favorite games of netrunner have been in the new double elimination system. And some of my favorite games of netrunner have been in the old elimination system as well, as bad as it was. One of my games in a store championship against sneakysly comes to mind, as well as a few others. My heart is pounding, the excitement/pressure is on. If they access/score an agenda I lose, etc etc. Swiss doesn’t ever really have that same excitement for me. Swiss is the optimal way to decide who is the best. Play enough(you need quite a lot) rounds of swiss and you will find the consistently best player of the day. Sometimes the swiss standings and double elim standings line up and that is awesome. In Seattle BazookaJoe and I left swiss as 1 and 2, and ended at the same spots. Other spots all shifted around though.
Maybe this is a carry over from other card games like MTG, where you need to win those elimination rounds, but I really love elimination rounds now that we have gotten away with the old system which was quite awful imo.
When I look for the “best” decks I usually look at who finished 1st/2nd in swiss. And then think about if that deck had holes in it that made it weak in best of 1 situations. Tournaments with eliminations are basically 2 separate tournaments. Everything resets going in to the cut, you have no advantages, any super byes are irrelevant at this point, there is a completely even playing field.(Not taking in to account bracket/matchup advantages of course). There is a different kind of mind set for these games. It’s 1 game, sometimes with your tournament life on the line. You put all this effort/time into this tournament, and it can end with a bad access.
In MTG at Pro Tour San Diego LSV went 16-0 with 16 rounds. It was a flawless record against the best players in the world that had never been obtained in swiss of the pro tour before(people intentional draw, etc). While an awesome, amazing accomplishment, he promptly lost in the first round of the top 8. Goes to show how consistency can turn on it’s head in elimination.