|Legality (show more)|
|Standard Ban List 23.03 (active)|
|Standard Ban List 22.09|
|Standard Ban List 22.08|
|Standard Ban List 21.10|
|Standard Ban List 21.06|
|Standard Ban List 21.05|
|Standard Ban List 21.04|
|Standard Ban List 20.09|
|Standard Ban List 20.06|
|Standard MWL 3.4b|
|Standard MWL 3.4|
|Standard MWL 3.3|
|Standard MWL 3.2|
|Standard MWL 3.1|
|Standard MWL 3.0|
|NAPD MWL 2.2|
|NAPD MWL 2.1|
|NAPD MWL 2.0|
|NAPD MWL 1.2|
|NAPD MWL 1.1|
|NAPD MWL 1.0|
|Deck valid after Third Rotation|
|Data and Destiny|
|Blood and Water|
|Council of the Crest|
|The Devil and the Dragon|
|System Core 2019|
|System Update 2021|
"They left us bananas. Many, many bananas.
Apparently in the corporate dystopian future everyone only eats bananas."
You've heard of Comrades Potatoes,
Now get ready for Unband Bananas
This time around I felt very secure about what corp I wanted to bring to Baltic Nationals, as it was a list I was very familiar with, that others were not too familiar with, and that played well into the meta. Though I was surprised that there were more criminals than expected, still, the absence of Big Wu decks meant this PE deck was mighty powerful. Unlike my friend Bridgeman I didn’t feel like a Cornered Animal. I felt like the Apex Predator.
-2 Wake Up Call -2 Hokusai Grid
+2 News Team +2 Retribution
As mentioned in my review, I think Wake Up Call, while very cool, is too fair of a card to be good. Plus, I really liked the strategy of poisoning archives, and News Team is a sticky poison card when they don’t take the negative points. More critically, the negative points mitigate the losing proposition of runners finding too many points too quickly, while also fuelling the decks’ Stock Buyback economy. Part of the reason this change works is that Snare! is another neat way to tag the runner at times when they might be too click compressed to clear the tags AND also draw back up to prevent dying to a Sting! score or contesting a IAA Obokata next turn, leaving them with difficult choices. Hokusai Grid being cut is largely collateral, but since it synergises with WUC it also seems like a fine enough cut.
-1 Longevity Serum -1 Hokusai Grid
+2 Hybrid Release
So the previous change was originally made to mitigate the liability that is Longevity Serum. Parhelion brought another good 1-pointer in Hybrid Release that is worth slotting over LS. Many people impulsively cut a Regenesis for a 3rd copy of HR, personally I think that is not a stricly optimal swap, and for my play style Regenesis fits better. However, one hidden neat thing you can do with HR is overinstall an unrezzed Botulus target, and score HR the next turn to recur the ice.
+1 DNA Tracker
An experimental change I made about a week before the tournament. I figured going up in the (real and fake) agenda count would allow me to play a big piece of ice that Blorch sturggles to break. Felt good on the day, and with that being said, Jinteki ice suites are places of continuous tinkering, so achieving a near-perfect balance like Bridgeman did is gonna be tricky.
28 Feb 2023 aksu
28 Feb 2023 Jinsei
A really good question, I don't know yet. Being more generaly useful was definitely one aspect of switching to Retribution.
Full disclosure I expect tagme decks to be on the rise, so packing some tag punishment that can wreck them hard by trashing a Bukhalter is impactful.
If Freedom is strong, Retribution becomes too easy to trash. So it depends on how the meta shakes out. Right now with 419 as the new 'best' runner I think the whole deck is in question since it relies so hard to sentries.
28 Feb 2023 sebastiank
Called apex predator while not an apex deck, unsubscribed.
28 Feb 2023 Bridgeman
Great to know the animal has switched to doing the cornering :D
Nice to see the deck alive :D
Congrats on the great result! ;)
1 Mar 2023 Blackwing
How do you go about playing this? Are you spamming remotes or protecting one like a normal corp? How do you get obos in archive for Regenesis?
1 Mar 2023 Jinsei
I think a lot of people are struggling to play this deck from what I see, to the point where I am considering maybe recording a few games. But to put it briefly:
Multiple remote install is possible, but more of a situational play you make when runner's not checking Snares in hand.
7 Mar 2023 Cannister
Are retributions staying in the deck after the new boat ban? Wake up call felt like a card mainly targeting boat but retribution feels more universal somehow.