Um yeah? Just like you wouldn't play a defender into a dive. Sometimes one has to adjust that cookie-cutter, autopilot play sequence to account for what one's facing.So just not play the defender? Instead play weak engines that instantly get answered and then eventually you will have to play the defender anyway so it gets killed by the serpent trap ANYWAY cuz the regular removal cards wipe out engines anyway and you don't need the serpent trap for it.
Also I don't play NG, at all.
You know it's been a long season when people come back to complain about a deck that's been out of tiered meta for half a year.