You can see the deck in action here with great commentary from Team Covenant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCjs7yDs62g
This deck is built to beat Near-Earth Hub. It basically punishes decks with naked remote servers with Bank Job, John Masanori and Security Testing. 3 credits + 1 card for 1 click is like having Magnum Opus and Professional contact combined. It generates a lot of credit early to trash the assets and put early pressure. At Worlds it went 4-1 against NEH. The only defeat was actually due to time running out while behind in agenda point (9 minutes left in the round when the game started)
The tradeoff is that it performs poorly against decks with no remotes or heavily guarded remotes (eg. Cerebral Imaging) as the naked remote punishment cards are useless and there is no long game economy. Given the large presence of NEH, I was not too worried.
This build also wins easily against PE Cambridge style thanks to Feedback Filters, Security Testing, John Masanori and Mr. Li. The goal is to generate a lot of money and dig for Feedback Filter.
Against Replicating Perfection, it’s not great but still ok. This build can still put a lot of early pressure and hopefully score enough agenda before RP is able to build an economy.
Let’s compare some alternatives.
Since NEH. PE and RP tends to have unprotected remote servers, I decided to go for Daily Casts and Bank job for maximum credit in early and mid game.
Medium is awesome and put a lot of pressure on R&D. It also punishes decks with light or porous ICE (eg. NEH). Often the Corp will have a scoring window but have to skip it to purge viruses as 5+ accesses might just finish the game. It definitely worth the 2 extra influence compared to 2 R&D Interface.
Since Architect is there, Mimic is a must. It replaces the 3rd faerie.
Passport is surprisingly good. Most of the time you just want to access R&D for Medium or HQ for Siphon.
I'm not totally satisfied with Yog but don't know what to do. I tried Zu Keymaster and Atman but wasn't totally satisfied and they are expensive in influence.
I would also swap the 2nd Passport for a 3rd Special Order.
13 Nov 2014 eXister
11 Jan 2015 tyrellian
11 Jan 2015 tyrellian