You’re going to need it after this spice.
Basic plan is to contest remote immediately with Cold Read/Flame-out/Stimhack and Wu’d SMC’s. Using Flame-out and Cybertrooper means early pressure doesn’t tax your engine too much. Land Apoc at the right time after they’ve committed resources to their remote, making sure you have quick access to get breakers in the trash again. You tend to get agendas at about an equal rate from remote, hq, rd, and archives.
The Win/Loss record this tournament is not representative of how powerful this deck can be. 4 losses should have been 1 or 2 losses. Titan got the right cards at the right time twice, and I massively misplayed against a late day Palana. 5/3’s Mirrormorph was a great game. Ark lock Chronos could have easily gone in their favor.
Game 1 – Win against Palana. They had a good draw with plenty of ice and money. I had to let a Nisei get scored. I made some futile runs on a double BC remote to kill the Nisei counter for a future Apoc run. They jammed the winning Obo and I went Apoc, with a fifth click archives run for the trashed Obo.
Game 2 – Win against Palana. Snagged an Obo on an hq poke. Lucked into a Nisei in rd. Kept remote pressure and grabbed the last agenda from hq later.
Game 3 – Loss against Titan. Turn 6/7 Atlas train. Not seeing Atlas = Lose.
Game 4 – Loss against titan. Infuriating. Accessed nearly every single card in hq and rd all game. With two ice on hq and rd rezzed, went for the Apoc to keep the constant accesses up. It lands and I still can’t find an agenda. I eventually have clip in the bin and see Ark on rd, next turn they ark Paperclip with sandstones on hq and rd. I made 20 runs, two of which were maker’s eye runs, none of which were on a remote (never existed), and stole ZERO agendas. There were probably four cards total I didn’t access that game, all of which were the four agendas they needed to win.
Game 5 – Win against Chronos. I assumed I was looking at an Ark lock Chronos, so kept my breakers out of the bin as much as possible (really hard with this deck). I got crazy lucky accesses of rd, guessed on an unprotected, unadvanced remote, then ate an Obo for the win. The agenda gods give and take.
Game 6 – Loss against Palana. I am still, and will probably forever beat myself up for this one. Really well played Palana, close all game. I made a few huge, game losing mistakes, including misclicks into unbreakable ice. Ended up with poor math and two credits away from the winning agenda that I could’ve easily gotten without mistakes. A win here would’ve put me in 2 for 1 range of 11 wins on the day. Sad.
Game 7 – Loss against Mirrormorph. Wicked Mirrormorph on Voting Machine Initiative and MCA. I wasn’t sure what was going on part of the game. Dumped resources into the wrong runs and trashes and was dominated. Very well played and very cool deck. Would love to play this one again.