I think the point here is that the current versions of the Ruler variant are too slow in setting up. A fire fist deck can draw 1 Bear and defensive traps and control the game from there. Does the current version of this deck have a similar play? No, it does not. The versions floating around seem as if they are trying to emulate a slow control deck when there is simply not enough space to do so. YES, the Rulers are free...eventually. While I'm waiting to get my Rulers online using the current versions, I'm getting poked to death by Bear, getting rick rolled by 1 card 101s, 1 card Tiger Kings, 1 card Kagetsuchis, etc. The answer is to come up with a way to have a consistent 1st turn set up going 1st and consistent response to an established board going second. I don't want to be playing the "grind game" versus a deck that is specifically designed to do so. I'm going to play Nebthet as it is another combo piece, another dragon to fuel the Rulers, and it allows me to OTK more consistently.
The consistent turn 1 play is eset, su, overlay to atum summon edragon pass. A T1 WU carrier and a free edragon/2800 attack WU rabbit is a pretty unreal play by any stretch of the imagination. Concluding the deck is too slow, in fact making many conclusions here, is just so silly.
Any argument for playing Nebthet other than "oh it's another random combo piece is bad." You shouldn't be trading maindeck slots for additional options unless those options are really really overwhelmingly good, and nebthet into volcasaurus isn't close to worth it.
And the argument against using nebthet as a combo piece is rock solid. Nebthet will never turn a su or a teftnut or an eset into a two card combo that goes into atum. it can only extend existing two card hieratic combos into three card combos.
That's a very very very good reason not to play it. It doesn't make your t1s more consistent at all. It just acts as doublewin.
So instead of actually reading the post, you just respond to the metaphor in the actual most literal sense like you think I've never played spellbooks. Am I reading a post by Allen Pennington?
Sure, the metaphor was shit, how about that? I could play these unfair cards in a deck that has all these problems, or I could play other unfair cards in a different deck with fewer problems. Is the first one better because it has a couple unfair cards too?
The metaphor was an analogy for your shitty "wow I do this, lets just take these plays out of the context that they came from and list all the things hieratics do" argument for this being the best deck, instead of actually going about the process of affirming hieratic is actually capable of smoothly setting up consistantly and going through it's plays which was the actual point. You're playing a combo deck at the end of the day, that, needs, to, combo. That will always be the risk with hieratic.
It may consistently win X% of the time, but it will always consistently lose to a range of decks Y% of the time, because it's such a combo deck. And it's going to have a target on it's back. And fire gets these two not very good vs hieratic but still valuable XYZs. The equation of "hieratic=best" isn't a simple as you keep saying it is.
Not that hieratic couldn't be the best. It definitely could.
Oh I forgot to respond to the part where Urthor said you shouldn't have always played for swiss, regardless of what top cut was. That's also incorrect and you should always play for what you will play in swiss, not top cut.
Playing for top cut is a fair strategy, I think at one point Jeff said Billy always plays decks that are designed to win the YCS, because he values getting a win more than just plain topping. Like as an aside.
So ok then. Are you capable of saying between now and Atlanta Patrick, no I'm not going to play a lot of fire decks in swiss, a I'm going to play a lot of other decks, and therefore I should not play hieratics even though it's my baby and I think it's the best deck? That's what I seriously doubt you are capable of, putting the deck down if it actually isn't the best choice. If it is obv it doesn't matter, but from knowing you you'd be incapable of dropping this deck if something else edges it out slightly.