Crushed Fingers and Rug Pulls (Insane WR guide*!)[startup]

Carki 116

TL;DR

I am confident this deck is strong given the current field in parhelion startup. Currently 27 - 6 with it, (Statistical outlier for me). Try it! But also let me know if it worked for you, as I am in desperate need of that sweet sweet nerd cred.

Overview

My initial attempts with Pravdivost were grindier, tag focused versions. It was decent, but hard to justify vs R+.

With a faster game plan, the id works for you by rewarding questionable plays like neglecting your central servers. The deck is very straightforward, built around the busted 4/2 agendas that wins you the game without losing tempo

Game Plan

Plan A is scoring a Beale as a 3/5. This is especially critical in matchups where the runner has less incentives to run often. The safest way to do so is never advancing it behind your best ices using your 6 copies of Seamless Launch. But if you see a scoring window open, even half open, or blatantly imagined, just go for it. Get the pie. That pie is worth more to you than the runner. There will be more pies to grab with your bloodied, crushed, fingers.

Oh yeah, Gaslight is Seamless launch with extra steps. Runners can deny themselves 2 credits if they want, makes no differences to you.

Tips

Try to use your best ice for the scoring remote. You want a single remote that is as taxing as possible. Put as few resources as possible on centrals. This might end up being quite a bit, depending on the matchup, but you should feel bad about it.

As an example, if you see a single etr ice and a Offworld Office in your opening hand, it's a good hand. Install them right away.

Crypto crash is trickier. You don't want to hit some curious runner holding a few bitcoins who might have lost his key. You want a crypto bro that is deep in some obscure currency that claims to solves every issues under the sun. The crash needs to hurt. If you have one installed, consider waiting an extra turn. Use your ability on some ice as to not arouse suspicions.

Don't put your Regolith Mining License in your scoring server. Instead, try to be especially careless with them. As they are, like most assets, actually Seamless Launch.

Tweaking

Don't mess with Seamless Launch, don't mess with things that looks like a Seamless Launch. Everything else is fair game.

Surprise performers:

I would keep at least one Daily Business Show. It accelerates your game plan, helps with RND locks, and can be helpful getting/avoiding the more situational cards in the deck.

Mestnichestvo and Ice Wall are great. Ice strength is either useless (Boat) or busted (fixed breakers). These ices are useful no matter what.

Worse performers:

You'd think Vladisibirsk City Grid is critical in that list, it's decent, allowing scoring 4/2 out of hand, sometimes. I never tried cutting it.

Reversed Accounts is a worse crypto crash, meh. I just don't know what to replace it with. It's the 50th card in a 49 card list.

You can switch the Beales for Send a Message which is the version I played with the most. It's strong, that being said I've had better results since switching for Beales. Send a Message might be better but more swingy. (Runner not needing 4 agendas)

4 comments
12 Jan 2023 Satoshi

Very solid rush deck. Congrats

15 Jan 2023 Cobalt

I love it when the write-up is almost better than the deck itself. One question - when you say your Regoliths are also Seamless Launch, how do you figure that one?

18 Jan 2023 Carki

Thanks! Should have made it clearer. This refer to having a unadvanced 4/2 in your scoring server and installing a naked regolith at the same time. This is to bait the runner into trashing it to trigger the id. This is mostly a side-effect, the most important tip here is to not clog your scoring remote with it.

24 Jan 2023 Satoshi

Having played this deck and variations, I think the interaction of Gaslight and Seamless Launch is really what makes this deck sing. As the writeup mentions, scoring a big beale for 3 points is a great way to win the game.

One way that I find I can consistently do this is the following:

  1. Assume you have Project Beale, 1x Seamless Launch in hand, and Gaslight in hand or on the board.
  2. Install and never advance Project Beale in the scoring remote. (Also install Gaslight also if it isn't installed.) Use your last click casually, avoiding suspicion.
  3. At this point the runner has a difficult fork. There's no indication it's a Project Beale in the remote, and running it may be a costly bait. But if they don't run it, you can fetch a second Seamless Launch with Gaslight and put 5 advancement counters on the Beale, likely winning you the game. If they DO run and trash Gaslight but not the Beale, you can use Pravdivost Consulting: Political Solutions to put a counter on the Project Beale anyway, for the same outcome. If they run the Beale but not the Gaslight, hopefully they are poor enough now that you can fetch Public Trail with Gaslight and do some damage. So they have bad outcomes unless they get both the Project Beale and the Gaslight.

I really like also that in this analysis, you threaten to score the Project Beale as a 3 pointer, but it's only worth 2 points to the runner. Making Global Food Initiative at home.