Bucky 3>1 Variable
Counterpick 1: (- knockdown + combos are hard)
Counterpick 2: (- + )
Counterpick 3: (- + )
Props to variable for pressuring me out of cashing in Combos are Hard in game 3 without having Dragon Form up.
Game 1 ( ) : Variable opened on knockdown+3gem vs. my good old combine+2gem. Variable followed with money and One True Style while I got my double combine going. Then on turn 5, I skipped playing a combine to buy It’s Combo Time. Variable had a 9-buy in response, but double bought One of Each and Combine rather than It’s Combo Time, Degenerate Trasher or Double Crash. This proved decisive, as I had the means to fairly reliably crash a 4-gem every two turns while he hadn’t put together any late-game yet.
Side note - This game would have quickly spiraled out of control in my favor if Variable’s turn 3 knockdown hadn’t broken up an 8-buy! As is, it became a demonstration of backing up a rush with Big Rocks money.
Game 2( ): This game was another Bang then Fizzle+3Gem vs. Combine+2Gem, but this time Variable didn’t have Knockdown to break up the turn 3 It’s Combo Time. Variable used Combos are Hard for his own ICT and a Combine despite being under considerable pressure. Once again, he had no answer to my quick Strength of Earth, ICT, 2xcombine pressure package.
Game 3 ( ) : For the third game in a row, Variable opened BtF and money into my combine and money, but because he upgraded money using Midori’s character chips rather than buying it, he also got a combine. He skipped Dragon Form so I skipped playing my turn 3 combine to buy Combos are Hard; I then drew the Combos with my crash gem and couldn’t play it. When he did play Dragon Form, I immediately let him Rigorous Training up a second Crash, which he used next cycle to send two s at me on consecutive turns. I had a chance to survive if my purples lined up properly, but they didn’t.
Game 4 ( ) : Variable opened with another money-heavy Bang then Fizzle start. I copied the BtF, but in a turn-2 Ouch! opening. I initially wanted to turtle with Ouch!, but variable keept buying money and didn’t pressure my BtF. So I followed up with Combine and One True Style, and won with a 4-crash on turn 6 that he obviously didn’t expect.