For older version of this deck, see here.
Ran the previous deck at a tournament over the weekend. Came in 1st, with the old deck having a 50% win rate (Gagarin murdered everybody). Games that it lost were only 1 or 2 points short. Made notes during the games and came up with this new iteration.
Received a lot compliments about how surprised people were how close and fast the deck performed. With Faust out I kept up pressure almost constantly. Only stopping every few turns to load up cards and install stuff.
e3 Feedback Implants for Parasite: The beta version of this deck had parasite and now it's without a doubt a permanent addition. I always knew in the back of my head, the amount of common multi sub ice that can't be parasited to death in a turn isn't that much. Constantly paying a card for Quandry/Pop-Up sucks. I'd rather just kill those common pieces of ice.
Removal of Armitage Codebusting: Having Armitage Codebusting+Kati Jones gave me good bank economy, but it was just too much bank. Better to plan ahead a click Kati a few times, than using those 2 side by side. It is a hard choice though. Pretty big chance I'll remove 3x Kati for 3x Armitage in the future, just to see how that works out.
Paricia is a nice backup for trashing things, but not being able to trash upgrades with it is a big downside. Once you kit late game, most ice will be rezzed. You are better off using you Kati bank to trash stuff than having a dead card half of the time. I replaced it for Collective Consciousness as Faust is always hungry. Getting a card when the corp rezzes something is the same as getting creds, but then for Faust food.
Gordian Blade or ZU.13 Key Master. This was a hard choice, as Nasir doesn't always have 4 creds laying around. The reason I took Gordian Blade was eventually for the same reason I wanted a code gate breaker. If I install Gordian on the fly, it can still break Turing with the creds I gain from the rez cost. ZU.13 Key Master can't do that.
Cybsoft MacroDrive over Ice Analyzer: Simple pure reliability. Cybsoft can simmer on PW till installed if needed and it's credits doesn't fluctuate constantly like Ice Analyzer. Great support for Parasite and Crescentus recursion.
Thanks for reading! Any critique is much appreciated.
12 Oct 2015 Pinkwarrior
13 Oct 2015 DrunkAlex
15 Oct 2015 emlun