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The Road to Worlds: Aberdeen Anarchy

by Lucas Thompson, Ambassador

9th September 2018

First Edition Aberdeen Anarchy Masters winner Alex Dixon
Title: hirogen
Deck Archetype: Solver
Play Engines: Hirogen Hunt, Home Away From Home, Holodeck Door,
Draw Engines: War Council, Kivas Fajo - Collector, Temporal Investigations
Bonus Point Mechanics: The Genesis Device, Assign Mission Specialists
Victory Correctly Predicted By: Me, sexecutioner, and LORE.

Alex's Commentary:
Why did you choose the deck that you used? What other decks did you consider using?

I chose this deck because I haven't had time to make a new deck.

What sorts of decks were you hoping to face while playing your deck? What decks did you hope not to face?
Didn't want to play against other delta quadrant or interference decks.

Prior to this tournament, did you have much experience playing this deck (or decks like it)? Did you learn anything new about it when you played it this time?
I've played this deck quite a few times.

Did you use any situational cards (cards that you wouldn't expect to be useful in every game)? Are there any whose usefulness exceeded your expectations? Were there any that you wouldn't include if you played the deck again?
Didn't use any situational cards but Temporal Micro-Wormhole was useful against Gary and Johannes cancelling AU drops.

What would you nominate as the MVP card from your deck?
MVP goes to Temporal Micro-Wormhole.

My Commentary:
I had to puzzle for a while over the inclusion of Museum of Kyrian Heritage. It's not here as a play engine exactly; only Curator Quarren plays there for free. It does however fetch a ship during the seed phase, which has proven to be perennially useful - in this case though, the download target seems to be the Equinox, which is usually seeded with a Caretaker's Array. This technique saves a seed slot (the Array allows a ship seed, rather than a seed phase download), while giving you a Time Location to hide at. The required mission is a bit beefier - 35 points plus easy skills versus 30 points - but lacks the built-in Ocampa free play engine.

Curator Quarren, while he's the only free play at the Museum, is nothing to sneeze at in this deck though. There are a decent number of Holograms to play for free with the seven Holodeck Doors, and you're going to want to take those personnel on planet mission attempts. Quarren can get those projectors out easily, and he comes out easily via the free report after being downloaded by Quark's Isolinear Rods. And, while Quantum Leap took a big hit since Timepod Ring came out of the binders (thanks to Temporal Benefactor), you still see it a fair bit and Quarren's double-helping of Archaeology on a non-Officer is very useful there.

I also had a tough time figuring out how David Marcus seeded, though I admit it should have been much more obvious. In my defense, it is actually quite rare for people to seed personnel in their Cryosatellites! But my isn't that skill list nice? And, though it isn't relevant in this deck, seeding personnel in a Cryosatellite doesn't count as playing them, so you won't wreck your Continuing Mission or Reshape the Quadrant. Sounds like a good deal to me.


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