Ah, but I never said you only take your own deck to the lab. I’ve done this with the majority of the cast (admittedly never got around to a couple), and doing this certainly helps give me an idea of what the other player’s game flow is like. Of course, not every player will look at the numbers and draw the same conclusions, and they’re also trying to play around my own choices, so how the opponent behaves won’t always fall along the nash. Player-specific evaluation and pattern recognition is the final piece of that puzzle, but the rest of the homework can be done beforehand and it just becomes a matter of watching their discard for insight of what their hand may hold.
Also, Yeah, I noticed discussion elsewhere of peak player win percentages, and that sounds about right. I actually used to work a few years ago as developer of one of those card games we aren’t allowed to talk about here which happened to have a digital client we could pull a bunch of statistics from and the numbers were fairly similar for that game’s tournament scene. I am fully aware that as much as every little bit helps, all the planning and pre-meditation in the world can only do so much. It just ruins the fun when you say it out loud.
I probably will try to hop in to an event at some point, schedule permitting, just to see how well I hold up if not for anything else. I’m sure I’ll get utterly trounced, of course, as these things go, but it will be interesting to see things play out nonetheless.
Oh, and my apologies on the war comment, which I admit was a bit extreme. I read your post far more personally directed than you probably intended. Again, I wasn’t trying to make a generalized statement. It was more of a royal ‘we’ situation, like when streaming and you phrase statements that way even if you’re the only one actually doing anything. Or like in the previous sentence, where ‘you’ is describing my own personal experience that others might share, rather than you specifically or the general you which assumes a universal truth.