When I originally saw the ability of Stronger Together I immediately thought of some of my favorite tribal and weenie decks from MTG where a bunch of small things add up to a big problem. I had to use this ID to replicate that concept in a different game.
I knew that to make this concept work I had to have a few things. I first needed a bunch of weenie style ice that was low cost. I then needed in my head 70% of them to be Bioroid to make use of the identity, or I'd just use ETF. I wanted them to mostly tax but also have hard stopping power on some of them. Lastly and most importantly, I wanted ice that needed to be respected. I was then left with a bunch of options that actually played out better than I thought it would.
I took out 2 of Markus 1.0. He just doesn't feel good at all to me early game or later. I also took out an Enigma to put in Ash 2X3ZB9CY. To fill the 2 markus, I put in Chimera and Mother Goddess singles of each. I'm really enjoying the changes. I also took out my 2 ELPs, which is for testing only. I'm pretty sure Lag time is worse, but I also want people to click through as clicks are more important than money. We'll see how runners react to a 6 strength eli lol.. @Jashay and I have been talking a lot about what we like about ST and the ice that it runs. I wouldn't be surprised if we don't have the same list in a week or so. Also note that I haven't updated all the "stat" type information throughout this read.
It is a glacial style tax build, running 20 ice and intends on icing up every central before creating a scoring remote.
I ended up with:
I ended up with a mostly weenie deck, with some mid curve costs and 2 fatties for additional pressure if I need it. Everything I wanted. Next I worked on influence
I borrowed concepts from both Theodorelogan and Jashay when using my influence from their stronger together decks.
Caprice Nisei is great in this deck.
Inazuma is great as a taxing card. There isn't a single card that you could put behind it that wouldn't do something worthwhile in this deck. I'm finding people willing to pay every credit necessary if the next card isn't flipped when I have credits to threaten a follow up. Either Ichi 1 or 2 does work in this deck behind one. This combo sits anywhere but my scoring server.
Jackson Howard stays in here as 3 because he is always good and we can abuse ABT by just pulling the trigger with no regards if he is on the table. This deck is weaker with ABT than other decks due to having smaller ice, but free is free.
The style is pretty easy to pilot.
I typically ice up a remote with a single enigma or eli preferably to put Adonis Campaign in there. Always leave PAD Campaign unprotected. If they want to trash it, that's fine. We have 11 economy cards and the 2 pads are there for taxing or a little bit of drip. We're not dependent on them.
My agendas are missing something most other lists are, Priority Requisition and that's because it actually is terrible in this list. I don't plan on getting lucky on Accelerated Beta Test and flipping into Janus 1.0 or Heimdall 2.0. I'm playing for consistency and scoring a Project Wotan will put a single Eli at 5 str and 5 ETR routines on it.... kinda good I think. A corroder pays 8 credits for this piece alone if not clicking through 2 of the 5 that they're allowed to click through.
Markus 1.0 I think is actually a bad card to have 3 of. I had 2 in this list and wanted something else, but when I thought about it, it's better than Wall of Static by 1 power and 1 routine and better than Bastion by a subroutine. It's actually not too bad, it's just not eli, so I went to 3.
Enigma is run in most decks. Other ST decks run a singleton of him. I think he is strong because of Heinlein Grid so I run two, besides, hitting it early is always good for corp if you can't find your economy
Eve Campaign made the cut in other decks but I find her to be slow. I often have windows to score earlier than I thought this deck would since things are cheap for me and expensive for enemies. This is a mid game deck, it doesn't want to win later than it has to, so I went with Adonis Campaign for tempo and I'm really liking him.
No Heimdall 2.0, Janus 1.0, Wotan, and only a single of Ichi 2.0. They really have zero synergy in this type of deck. I dislike Bioroid Efficiency Research a lot because that's a two card combo, requiring me to find both of them and takes up a spot that I can use for more ice, or assets or operations to make money.
One thing I want to find is a better use of influence. 8 on Caprice feels amazing and it should probably stay. The 3 on Jackson is needed if you're greedy like me and always want to fire off Accelerated Beta Test, but that leaves us with 4 left to spend.
I tried Data Raven and I hated seeing it in my opening hand. I don't care about tagging and trashing their resources. Let them run a 15 credit run end game only to hit caprice or realize that I have a scored Project Wotan and their math was off.
I would like to get an Ash 2X3ZB9CY in here by cutting something but I'm not sure what.
I had an Aggressive Secretary in this to have some bluffing power since after you play this once, you realize everything I put down is a money card, or an agenda, neither of which is bad to run into.
I might eventually drop a pad and put in a Project Junebug or something evil to just drop people.
I'd like to think that I'm onto something here and that this ID is meant to be played with a weenie style concept. I have found this version to be stable and perform how I want it against every faction. Shaper is the hardest only because of the opus. kati is the next best thing and she works too. A rich runner can get in, but that goes for every deck right?
Thank you for reading my long entangled mess of thoughts. If you have suggestions or questions, feel free to list them. I know there is room for this deck to improve. If you disagree with something I have in here, state why with another suggestion or sound reasoning. Thanks again everyone
11 Jan 2015 Jashay
12 Jan 2015 Four_Leaf