So, this is a deck I've wanted to try at my LGS ever since getting my hands on The Turning Wheel. I feel Wheel really helped Apex out in the virtual resource department, if only because it gives him influence cheap multiaccess for doing what he's trying to do anyway, run centrals to get off Apoc.
Outside of that, the biggest problem with Apex is getting through ice with... his rather limited economy options. If you have your rig setup with both your Endless Hunger and Heartbeat you'll have 1 spare MU... ANd I think I've found the perfect thing to spend that MU on. A little overlooked Criminal program called Grappling Hook.
The basic idea is when you think about it, Endless Hunger deals with end the runs, and Grappling Hook deal with any other problematic subroutines. the problem with Grappling Hook is that normally it's just useless against single subroutine ice. but think about it, most ice that have a single sub are, yep, you guessed it, end the run.
There are still flaws however, Resistor, Apex's arch nemesis, is still a huge problem this deck doesn't answer adequately, however, for those multi-sub ice that does a lot of damage you'd previously have to invest a lot into heartbeat to not die to like Jinteki ice the likes of Janus 1.0 or other big scary bioroids? What about getting around some of those multi-sub Trace ice that Apex doesn't have the money to fool around with? (Caduceus, etc.), or just ice that has a lot of run end subs to break where it'd be cheaper to trash this one card than feed a ton into Hunger? (NEXT Silver in HB glacier springs to mind.) Grappling Hook is worth it's weight in GOLD.
The last point of inf was spent on Easy Mark because I thought extra burst econ would be helpful, alternatively it could've been a 3rd copy of Wheel but I wasn't sure.
If I play this deck at league/tourney night, I'll let you know. it's kinda wacky and weird so I'm not expecting a lot out of it. I know DDoS apex is probably better but I don't have that card.
18 Jun 2016 Krams
18 Jun 2016 tendermovement