For this particular version, I decided to go for the grail, they are fairly taxing, mess with the game pace, and are pretty good with Celeb Gift. People are building this ID all over the place, so it makes it hard to know what to expect.
Excalibur over archives, the runner either accesses shocks, and then can't run your ronins, or the Runner jacks out and wastes their time.
Excalibur over your scoring remote. If you have a Nisei Token, or you win caprice game, they can't run again. This card has amazing synergy with caprice + ash
Excalibur on any grail ice you can land, you can use this with discretion, but its' more powerful than I initially expected.
The way this identity works depends on what kind of strategy you are going for. This particular deck goes for a taxing strategy. Shocks dissuade runs on archives, but you need to ice to create further dissuasion. There are basically 3 major phases:
You have no ice on archives, but a few cards. If your asset econ gets too strong, the runner will run archives and trash it all.
You have some ice on archives. The runner doesn't want to run archives, but you can force them to choose between that and going all in. This is the phase where sundew shines.
You have stuff in archives, but you are in the lategame. The runner REALLY doesn't want to do this and also try to run your scoring remote. This is the phase where your snare's shine, and your econ will be left alone, but that doesn't matter as much cause you are near winning.
You want to get ice over your centrals as soon as possible, particularly archives. Grail can help you here, cause it can keep the early game going longer than normal. Amazing early game cards are jackson and Pad Campaign. Feel free to dump your agendas, especially The Future Perfect, and even more if you have ice over archives + Jackson. Hold excalibur in hand unless you get 2 or the runner gets a way to break all ice types. If you can score a Nisei, you are in an amazing position. Once you get a decent amount of ice over archives, you can consider dropping a caprice there, or you can try to score with it. If you dump agendas in archives and ICE it off, the runner can't really easily trash jackson either, so he can feel pretty safe. Your goals are to get economy going, and get an ice setup. If they leave your econ, JACKSON. This deck plays like RP but faster, cause you can play your sundews naked as long as they don't run archives. They WILL run archives at some point, so prepare some nasty ice OR caprice. Feel free to mushin Ronin's once you get into the midgame, you will likely draw them because the runner really doesn't want to trash them off R&D.
Shinobi, this is in here if they completely ignore your money and run reckless. You would think the bad pub is suicide, but once you get into the mid/late game, it doesn't mattter that much.
Snare!, This card is fantastic, but only if there is stuff in archives. Never install it, it keeps your hand safe, and the pains the runner to trash it in addition to all the other stuff.
Sundew, This isnt situational, but playing it early requires a bit of skill. Try to wait till the midgame to put them out.
Ronin, another midgame card. You can Mushin one of these out and it makes it hard for them to run archives and not die right after, especially with excalibur.
Excalibur, this card is very powerful, but you have to use it correctly. See addenum above.
Nisei MK II, Obviously, this card is fantastic, but you might ask why I am not running NAPD. The simple reason is, if they really feel like they need to run archives, Nisei can ruin their day. + All the other amazing reasons, right?
Feel free to comment, this is like my 20th iteration of this deck. I have been trying lots of different things, and I really like this version. It plays sorta like RP, but you get this fancy horizontal massive econ game going where sundew is a beast, and they must run archives, then in one turn deal with one or many ronins, as well as one or many sundews. Ronin also can get kills off Merlin. Happy Running!
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