“I remember back in Detroit, I used to go to the Apex Bar every night after I got off work. The bartender there used to call me Boom Boom. I don't know why, but he did.”
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”
I started building this deck as an answer to the kill meta that didn’t care if I was running, building, or even at the table. I loathed it as I now love Heartbeat. Endless Hunger is worthless without e3 Feedback Implants. It has been said by others. Agreed.
Endless Hunger kills memory, hence Leprechauns. Uninstall is to ensure that you don’t get stuck waiting to install EH. It is also good fodder for the face-down installs.
What to do about the decks that see you coming a mile away and run Grails and trash programs/hardware? Faust and Always Be Running. As added support, clone chips allow you some breathing room around a triggered trash program like Keegan Lane. I briefly hit a few decks running Power Shutdown to kill my Heartbeat and then double scorch which is why I included a lone LLDS Energy Regulator. If nothing else, it’s fodder for my Id for one influence.
Chop Bot 3000 greatly improves early game setup as well as allows you to sluff off the later game tags.
I know there has been some ping-pong over Levy. I like to churn my deck for the first lap with Chop Bot so this worked well. Unfortunately, it means you cannot have any peace-of-mind when triggering Hunting Grounds. Medium is more a threat than an actual long-term executable to thin their ice; everything else is either classic Apex or fodder/money.
Opening hand, I love to see Chop Bot and, unlike other decks, I don’t mind seeing Levy early as it means I can trigger my Hunting Grounds without worry. Combo Apex Id/Chop Bot/Wasteland to get through quickly and build money for your imminent E3 drives. Save your Preys for ice with subroutines that require ABR’s double click break. A single Apocalypse is a good threat against light ice/trap heavy decks. DON’T FORGET YOUR HEARTBEAT!
“Nature, red in tooth and claw”