I consistently answer both sentries and Gezrats and sorry, but very often it's not enough. They have Matrons, they have Cat Witchers (both relevant varieties), a Boar, a couple of powerful tempo plays just for shit and giggles...you indeed need to run a dedicated control deck, and I know you see no problem with that, but guess what? Not everyone likes control spam.Nah... ST engine overload is so easy to counter that it hurts. It's got no engine protection apart from Miners, no bronze tutors like AA, no bronze doublers like Adelia or Ulrich, etc. As long as you answer the Sentries and Gezras, you're good. And then there's Yrden which seems like it's designed to counter this deck. It's a meme deck, really. It's almost auto-forfeit vs. any decent control. And unless you win a round without the Sentries, Gay-tan and Gezzy (and Justice unless you got other things to swarm, I use the cowboy besides Justice, I've seen quite a lot of elf hybrids, too), and then draw both Sentries and all the golds for a long R3, some "solitaire" decks got even more points these days.
Also, even if you protect the Sentries, a number of moving engines can then be answered instead, potentially bricking the Senties. And that is provided they even draw the right combination of engines which doesn't always happen, and there's no AA to remedy that.
Most witcher decks this patch are rather memesey, I think. SK seems most viable, competitively. Once meta stabilizes and new control decks get optimized, ST movement will hardly manage to get a T3, mark me words. This is like like the double ball right after MM. It rocked because everyone was playing devotion and no one had Heatwave and Oneiro (yet).
Nailed it. This is the reason why I think the above.
More importantly, no deck should be allowed to bully players into playing a particular style, control in this case. "Just play X to counter a pesky Y" isn't an acceptable answer unless X is a single card or a short combo, tops.
Which was also the problem with Double Ball, btw. "It's not broken, you just have to play wide".
Imagine if Rock could beat BOTH Paper and Scissors and would only lose to Spock specifically?
It would be considered pretty unfair. Why treat archetypes differently?