The one stop econ shop returns, but with the power of Peace in Our Time to significantly smooth out early turns. Any opening hand with Peace in Our Time is a keepable opening hand - previously the odds for opening + mulligan without Opus or a Tutor for Opus or Personal Workshop was just under 7 percent, now it's under 5 percent with a Peace. I would love to run 2 but it's nowhere near as flexible as Stimhack and Lady is a requirement now that Eli is off the MWL and cards like Seidr Adaptive Barrier and Chiyashi are being played.
D4V1D is less necessary with the local metagame shifting to a slower pace, so it was cut for Clot to fight against HB and NBN. Vamp was a mistake, should have been Archives Interface. Opus + Vamp seems like a good idea but corp econ nowadays is bonkers, yo.
Also Opus lets you put up a seriously good fight against Asset Spam and Prison decks so long as you can build your board at the same time. If I had Archives Interface instead of Vamp those would be easy, easy wins.
Round 1 vs: NEH Asset Spam.
I had the Assets completely under control until I missed 2 Team Sponsorships and then the board became too hard to wrangle. Despite tons and tons of Daily Business Show triggers, agendas were not co-operating with the NBN player - he only got to 4 points before I went from 3-7 in one turn through single accesses on R&D.
Round 2 vs: The World is Yours* Glacier
It turns out hitting NBN's R&D until agendas fall out is a really good strategy. Waited for NBN to force an Astro through a Flare protected remote, then stole 6 points in 3 runs because they couldn't rez R&D ice.
Round 3 vs: HB Fast Advance/Glacier hybrid.
HB opened well but I managed to control the Adonis Campaigns and force rezzes on multiple different servers to keep their econ down. Despite firing an ABT for a 4 ice R&D server, Atman 5 and Lady make quick work of Fairchild 3 and Eli 1, as does Parasite for NEXT Silver. I remembered to keep 4 for NAPD and Stimhack and Peace in Our Time provided the econ jumpstart I needed to keep pace with ETF. Single R&D Interface won it up in the end.
Round 4 vs Replicating Perfection Prison.
Kept on top of all of RP's assets, trashing several bioethics, many sundews and Mumba Temples - but missed a Clone Suffrage Movement and Friends in High Places spam began. Despite all this, Astrolabe and Beth kept me afloat; Got to 5 points and almost won but got too hasty and faceplanted a Chiyashi on HQ when the smarter play was to check R&D (had femmed the Chiyashi there) or check the remote the corp had just iced the previous turn - I would have won on either.
I would like a Deus X just to deal with the amount of AP ice in the meta right now, especially a way to get past a surprise Chiyashi for cheap. The Mad Dash I never saw, although I don't think it's really going to be a strong choice given that R&D lock is often a little unpredictable. Vamp will definitely become Archives Interface - every corp I want Vamp for (every flavor of HB, Prison decks) has waaay too much econ nowadays; whereas Archives Interface can outright win the game if it's installed at the right time.
Cutting Clot for 3x Peace in Our Time is something I aim to test. That might allow a 2nd Atman to allow the creation of an incredibly specific rig (Atman 4 + Atman 5 + Cyber Cypher absolutely wrecks nearly any server HB can create.)
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