Originally Posted by Genre
Removal too easy to use? Gaara's jutsus that bottom decked / sniped / damaged wasn't easy to use?? What about suicidal action?? Missing a drop does not mean you lose in this meta; and it didn't mean that in the O9K meta either.
I could have sworn that the O9K gencon layout was a top 16 of 2 fire decks and 14 O9K variants. If the deck ran the 4 drop Gaara, it was O9K for all I'm concerned. I may be slightly misinformed, but it still does not take away that the game was worse then.
Lets talk about dragon flame? Character specific jutsu vs generic removal jutsus are leagues of difference. The top 16 layout for that gencon involved 4 -5 non O9k decks 4 of which moved on to top 8, 2 of which made the finals.
What you are trying to say is that it is more skillful to play a meta where a missing a drop and a turn 2 jutsu that kills ninja can end the game quite quickly, than playing a meta that requires you have a specific ninja in play with 2-3 jutsu on to 4 so that you can take control of the game. Also if it required so little skill why was it only skilled pilots of the 9k and rouge decks that made top 16 that year why wasn't it Scrub a and scrub be like it is now.
This game as much as I love it has lost itself to Cards that provide free wins and one sided blowouts. And if that's what the current player base loves so be it its not for me I like PLAYING THE GAME.