If this is your opinion, that's perfectly fine. But lets make this clear: this really is just an opinion and not necessarily true for the PTCG community at large. I don't know whether you meant to imply otherwise or not, but that's simply my impression when you call this "negative player experience" in general terms as opposed to saying "I, personally, don't enjoy playing against X decks". I'm sure that there are people that agree with you here, but we don't all consider net-decking something bad, and we don't all consider it Negative Player Experience in global sense.
Just like I've made emphasis on this just being your view, nothing more, nothing less, what I'm about to say is also just my opinion and I have no pretensions of talking on anyone's behalf.
I've already implied my thoughts, but I'll state them clearly: I don't think net-decking is a problem for the PTCGO. I do not believe it's been a problem in the past, and I don't think it's a problem right now either. I don't mind facing similar decks often or even consecutively, because each game will be different and play out differently regardless. I understand how for some people it feels repetitive, but that's not how I feel about it. I don't feel forced to net-deck or to use the top meta decks either. I just play whatever I want and whatever I have fun with; if that happens to be a netted deck, so be it. If it's a stupid whacky deck that doesn't win as many games, so be it.
Right now, since I only recently returned, I started by my old favorites like Archie's Blastoise and Night March (my own variation of them. The main structures are the same as any decklist you'd copy from the internet, but I have my own proportion and choice of the non-NM cards). It's simple, it's familiar, it's comfortable, it works. I don't feel bad in the least bit for using these decks even if they're completely unoriginal. Same goes for Garchomp; having no collection to speak of (although that has quickly changed thanks to my awesome forum friends), I just bought Match Strike twice and managed to go straight into Standard without any further investment.
While I'm at the topic of Garchomp, after using it quite a bit I cannot comprehend what people find so questionable about it. It's not as fast as everyone makes it out to be. Garchomp is still a Stage 2, which means you'll need 2-3 turns to set one up. You won't always be able to set up multiple Garchomps at once, and even if you do, the energy cost is still a problem. As far as I know, and please correct me if I'm wrong, there is no reliable energy acceleration for Fighting and Dragon type in Standard right now, so you're limited to your 1 energy per turn. If your opponent has Hammers or any other form of energy control (a lot of them do) you'll take even longer. There are many other decks that can accelerate energies much faster and basically have energies be a non-issue. Then there's the fact that if you don't attack with Cynthia you're not really KOing anything that wasn't previously damaged. Not only does this limit you when you don't have a Cynthia handy, but it also limits you when you do, because it means you might not be able to use other critical supporters like Guzma when you have to.
Garchomp is by no means a bad deck. It really has done a good job for me, but it's not an insta-win deck and it does not quickly win me all the games I do win. I've had a hard time against beefy 250HP targets as well, which used to be rare a long time ago, but with the return of Stage 2 pokemon to the meta, it's really not that strange to find Solgaleo GX and Metagross GX in random VS matches.
Back to the main topic, the times I used to play random fun decks, were still actually fun even when facing netted decks. I remember I used to play this silly AT Double Nidoqueen back in the day, and it was super fun to double hit everything. I actually put the pain on the then popular M Mewtwo Y deck since two regular attacks with muscle band and a single energy did exactly 210 damage (30 base + 20 from MB, duplicated and then +10 more because of poison). But other than that I didn't really do too well against other decks. Even so, I still had fun with it, and I never begrudged the people who spammed their more competitive decks. Even now, the only reason I haven't been trying some more silly stuff is because I'm just returning and I need to make some packs before I do anything else.
I don't believe that netted decks are overpowered either. I see you avoided using that word, but that's exactly what it means to "never stand a chance". A meta that forces you to create X deck or lose is a meta where said X deck is overpowered. I'm sure I'm nowhere near as experienced as you when it comes to actually playing (just played casually in my schoolyard as a kid. Joined the PTCGO relatively recently compared to the age of this game, and even then I mostly just spend hours and hours typing stuff in the forums rather than actually playing), but I can still beat net-decks often enough that I don't feel the need to always play net-decks just so that I can win. Again, I myself use certain copied decks too, but only because I find them fun and easy to use as well. I don't always use these decks, I don't feel bad when using non copied decks because they aren't as good, and I don't feel guilty either when using these mostly copied decks.
EDIT Alright, apparently I can't read. I thought that "88 out of 100" was just your gut feeling, but you did say that you registered 100 actual games so it's not a made-up statistic. But even so, I'd like to do the test myself. A lot of people get carried away by confirmation bias and conveniently (or perhaps inconveniently) forget or don't notice that things aren't as bad as they thought. Even if you did face mostly well established archetypes, I still don't buy it that different decks don't stand a chance, so I would like to test that myself.
I'll leave it at this for now, but feel free to continue the discussion. Despite what it may look like, I do not believe that my opinion is absolute. I'll be happy to hear what you think of this, and if you manage to convince me that net-decking really is a problem I'll be ready to admit it.
Edited by Sakura150612, 02 November 2018 - 07:17 AM.