This deck (and a slight Evergreen variation) went 7-2 at two recent GNKs. One of the losses was to Noise mill that kept hitting agendas, the other was to Siphon-spam Gabe where I incorrectly identified Datasucker with Targeted Marketing instead of Account Siphon. Derp. Of the 7 wins, 3 saw the runner concede while ahead on points, in one case 6-2. Their rigs were that wrecked. The jinteki.net record is something like 21-4.
Most runners just can't find answers to this midrange-leaning-glacier deck. Program trashes fire at 4, 5 and 6 strength. Taurus often fires, and worse case scenario you can pay 3 to snipe a console or Clone Chip. And nothing beats Keegan Lane on centrals with Data Ravens and Gutenberg. I can't tell you how many times I've been on 0-1 credits, drawn a clean (unseen during accesses) Keegan and run to victory. Keegan is the heart of this deck. Things can get out of hand quickly, even for careful runners. Frequently the runner has the pieces necessary to beat a rezzed Archer, only to see Keegan trash the necessary Datasucker. At which point Archer trashes some more stuff and pays you out of bankruptcy.
But why this ID? I went with New Angeles Sol: Your News for a couple of reasons.
One, the ID is only underwhelming in matchups where the rest of the deck is already very good. Against Whizzard: Master Gamer, Leela Patel: Trained Pragmatist, and Ken "Express" Tenma: Disappeared Clone, for instance, the runner typically has to pay you through Targeted Marketing to have all the pieces they need. This either lets you either rez more nasty ice or gives you money to rez SanSan and score out of hand. In some matchups, however, Sol really shines. I frustrated a Security Nexus Kate so badly at a GNK she gave me 30 credits to install her Targeted Rabbit Holes, after which I narrowly won. It wouldn't even have been close if I had seen Surveillance Sweep. Against criminals of all stripes a Targeted Account Siphon turns off your biggest threat.
Two, having always-on News Hound is a big deal. It helps make 8 end the run spread across 3 types. Mimic needs help to touch it and Faust takes 3 cards. In short, with all the trashing going on, we're talking scoring windows.
Half-and-half asset and operation economy. Runners hardly ever bother with Marked Accounts, and a Melange Mining Corp. early in a safe place can pretty much win you the game. Runners often use precious, expendable resources to go get it.
There are quite a few agendas for a glacier-y build, but we need a couple easy scores to turn on Archer. Global Food Initiative cuts down runner-side agenda density. Chronos Project after trashing wins games. I used to run Quantum Predictive Model instead. It was nice, but more often than not I was removing a tag through Keegan and QPM became a crappy 1/3 I wished was Breaking News.
Some games GFI sits in hand too long, like an overly-attached girlfriend. It makes you think about the good old days when you were dating 3 Astros at the same time. Sometimes Shattered is useless and someone gets the bright idea to set Atman at 6. Sometimes you have a scoring window but no money, and Interns-ing a Melange is all you need to close out a game. But then again, sometimes the reverse of all these things. Thoughts?
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