Hello everyone, long time no write.
Well, for those of you who used to enjoy my long discussions of card files and strategy from back in August I am sorry to disappoint but that is not my aim this time, instead I am passing the torch - to everyone. We have a problem that I am sure we are all acutely aware - the meta has stagnated. For a long while now it has been a solid state affair, the power files are still the same, the weak files are the same, the sphere's of dominance haven't rotated. This just is not right!
In my opinion and experience, in most games like Alteil which come packaged with a metagame, the meta goes through cycles. A particular file, say of type A, starts to issue dominance over the lesser files of the game and then a bunch of players mimic files of type A and for a while the game is filled with an endless barrage of files of type A. Then, some smart guy comes along and builds a counter file to type A, say type B (creative I know). He comes in and one week dominates the weekly rankings and everyone's like "where did that guy come from?!" And then all of a sudden type A files drop in popularity (but not completely) and type B files pick up usage (largely people will copy what's successful). The process repeats with file type B -> C until eventually things flip to a point where type A file are again strong (of course then you say "type A is overpowered!" but type B comes back etc. etc.).
This behaviour in play style shifting prevents a stagnant metagame - every week the new top file becomes the flavour of the week... But right now, we don't have a flavour of the week file, we have a flavour of the set file - which is very discouraging. So, here's my challenge, using every resource available construct a file that will destroy the current meta (which is full of, and it seems weird that we have complaints with such diversity, but - Dalos, Emperors, Gown Rush and Assassin soul skills). Of course, you can't use a meta file to do it (that would defeat the purpose of the exercise - making a modded Dalos file that beats everything is good, but you're still using Dalos). The point is to explore the unexplored, and I know there are some of us out there who do this every day to no avail - or so little success no one notices.
So, instead of me provided you a file that tanks the meta I will provide some suggestions to go about beating what's out there. First and foremost, pick a sphere - decide what you want to use. Once you have that decide which type of file you want to focus on annihilating. Examine your sphere for counters to that file, make a list. Then look to the next popular file, and repeat until you have a table of file types and then a list of counters your sphere has to offer. The key to beating a file type is to build a counter file, and the neat thing about this is most counters to a particular file, work well against other's too (such as how anti-defense cards beat LeBeau and any other defense heavy file, such as Renally).
Now, if you're going to post about how the current meta is stable because it's unbeatable - then provide some reasons and arguments. Just insisting on something being true because that's how it is is not a valid logical argument. Hopefully soon I will start posting some of my ideas and maybe as a community we can brainstorm the Ultimate File.