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Al Schaefer (ltkettch17)
Tournament Report - 2E Standard
2012-06-24 - 12:00 PM
TNGSimilar Cadets
Introduction
Didn't have much time to prepare for this tournament. Work has been crazy and I haven't touched my cards since the IA Regional. The latest flavor of Cadets was the only deck in my bag that I hadn't played in a tournament yet - so I went with them. When I first started play-testing with Ed's Cadets, they were monsters; I found it extremely difficult to stop them. I felt they required the opponent to play absolutely flawless dilemmas. Ever since the errata to REM, however, Cadets just can't seem to do anything right. I'm not drawing the right combinations of personnel, not getting Security Drills in play, and just having rotten luck. I was hoping today, they would turn it around against other opponents. Unfortunately it did not work out that way.

Round 1TNGBrian GondekFL (-55)View opponent's Report
Brian is finally returning to the tournament scene after more than one year on hiatus. When he revealed his missions, it was clear he had returned to his TNG roots. I felt confident that the Cadets could handle his old-school dilemmas, but he had no issues stopping me. My dilemma pile was more geared towards filtering out one key personnel and stopping him with a wall. Unfortunately, his deck doesn't rely on any one key personnel, so I had a tough time stopping him. Even when I thought I had a clever dilemma stack, all the right people randomly made it through and he was able to complete his missions before I was. Good to see Brian back, I'll be better prepared for our next match. Leave it to Brian to be the one to end my longest win streak ever.

Round 2Edward PigmanFL (-50)
Ed was playing his dissident Borg deck. When he dropped, B'lanna, Quintessence, and Energize on his first turn, I was sure it would be a quick game. However, Ed made a huge error at Practice Orbital Maneuvers playing Breaking the Ice when I had 2 non-hand weapon equipment on table. Ed stopped me easily with the usual weenie stopping dilemmas at REM while I slowly replaced my cadets with normal personnel. I thought I had the game in the bag when I sent Ed's huge crew of Borg Where No One Has Gone Before, but he was still able to stop me for a total of 5 attempts at REM. I missed an opportunity to destroy Ed's last Hurried Departure and he was able to complete his last mission and score bonus points for the win.

Round 3VoyagerBrian LeonardFW (+75)View opponent's Report
Brian's Voyager deck went down quickly to the cadets. I easily had my best draw of the day against Brian, everything just clicked - there wasn't much he could do.