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Al Schaefer (ltkettch17)
Tournament Report - 2E
2015-07-19 - 12:00 PM
MaquisNon-AlignedSpacey Holograms
Introduction
Lower Decks release event today. I built a new deck based off the Hologram deck I typically save for Virtual or Academy events. Going all space with the new mission and the Revised Voyager people. The deck has a lot of weaknesses but I thought I would give it a try and just see what happened. Todays event was at Maggie's house so my wife and daughter (Emily and Peyton) came along to hang out with Maggie and Jason's families. Lot's of action today!

Round 1VoyagerRelativityMichael MoskopFL (-50)
Michael had a similarly themed deck (going all space) but chose to go with Relativity instead of Holograms. Both our dilemma piles were going strong and neither of us managed to solve a mission in the first 40 minutes. After that, the flood gates opened and we both rushed to finish our space missions. I made a mistake at the end choosing not to stack a Timescape and Michael played Homeward Bound and Michael won on that turn. I would have needed at least two more turns to pull out the win, so it didn't effect the outcome, but I should have still made the right play. I got some ideas to tweak my deck after this game including switching a mission to the Space Catapult and adding Thirst for Knowledge.

Round 2MaquisJason BeyerTT (0)
Jason was playing a Maquis Stalling for Time deck today. I knew I had to make my turns quick and grind through his delay tactics early so I could have a chance to win. Again, the first 40 went without a mission completion, but I finished 2 in a single turn and I thought I was off to the races. Jason's Kill pile kept me from winning and I began to run out of dilemmas at the end. Luckily, he had only completed his space missions so we True Tied at 80 a piece.

Round 3BajoranEdward PigmanFL (-10)
Ed was playing his Bajoran Kill deck from last months Master's, so I had an idea of what to expect. I solved Inversion Mystery early and felt I was in good shape to win. Ed was able to recycle his All Consuming Evil's several times and was able to pull off the come-back win when he solved Aid Legendary Civilization and left my side of the table completely devoid of personnel.

Closing Thoughts
Definitely have a lot of decisions to make with this deck. Holograms have a lot of weaknesses, but a lot of opportunities as well. Moskop and I finished at the bottom by going all space, so maybe that's not really worth the effort. It's pretty rare that I go through a tourny without a win, but I still had a fun time. If you would have told me when I met Maggie 10 years ago that someday we would be playing cards in her basement while our infant daughters drooled at each other, I would have never believed you. It happened yesterday and it was actually pretty cool.