YOU are a fashion celebrity. The runner...is also a fashion celebrity. Imagine their face after you install 3 remotes turn 1. Is the first a flashy designer preparing your next outfit? Is the second a juicy award ceremony? Is the third a juicer magazine endorsement? A role in a hot new film? How many are eager reporters, or new franchise deals?
I’ve played 100+ games of Haarp on jinteki.net since October. Here’s the list where I've had the most fun installing agendas.
Estelle Moon and Rashida Jaheem are the two most efficient designers in the fashion world. Estelle rewards you for continuing to install agendas, And Rashida overdraws you into your next pair of agendas or Hard-Hitting News. You want to overdraw because you want PAIRS of agendas to install unprotected and trade on the runway.
News Team keeps the runner away from match point, enabling bigger buy backs and even riskier agenda pairings.
Award Bait is a fitting partner for any agenda. Project Beale and SSL Endorsement love the opportunity to give you 3 points on a 50/50 run. An Explode-a-palooza creates a safe trade where you profit from either runner choice. Even a second Award Bait is promising, especially if a Franchise City supports its ceremony.
If I have Fast Track and a 2 or 3 pointer in hand, I’ll almost always search for an Award Bait to install alongside it. You want yourself (and the runner) to accelerate towards match point. Always Be Installing.
In a typical game, I'll trade paired agendas with the runner two or three times, and score something behind ICE one or two times. Leaving agendas on the table for a bit is fine, as sometimes you'll prefer getting your centrals ICE'd or supporting your Estelle Moon with more Franchise City installs.
The secondary purpose of tags is cheeky Quantum Predictive Model plays. Install a QPM before playing Hard Hitting News for maximum fun.
Most of the ice in this deck involves tags, helping you to score a cheeky kitty and encouraging the runner to accept the constantly monitored life of a fashion celebrity. You want them to accept this life, because 2x Exchange of Information is incredible value in a deck that floods both players’ score areas with agendas. And it's more fun than BOOM!
You won’t always need rezzed ICE to win, but a tax on centrals and one remote is a nice luxury. HQ is more important than RnD. Protect Rashida with a Data Raven, and MAYBE protect an agenda more heavily, with 2 or 3 cheap, taxing ICE, if you see an attractive window, or if a nasty fashion critic demands you play glacier. Your ice tags, so if your next outfits’ manufacturers go on strike, fast track and install Quantum Predictive Model
Mwanza City Grid used to be my third Franchise City. I’m not sold on this dangerous include, but it’s not as dangerous in Haarp, and it is the cheekiest way I have gotten a runner to access Quantum Predictive Model off of RnD. A variant with TGTBT, Archangel, and SEA Source would better support Mwanza's multi-access and cash influx.
Team Sponsorship keeps up agenda installing tempo and is beautiful alongside Rashida. Ironically, I cut it out to make space for 3x Rashida.
Psychographics is discarded more than it’s played, but it + Beale wins games so easily if the runner goes tag me or you land a perfect Hard Hitting News.
The All-Seeing I used to be in this deck, but it’s not as game winning as a second Exchange of Information. I’d rather play tag punishment that accelerates my own victory.
SEA Source has high potential, as its single tag is all you need for Exchange of Information, your most important tag punisher.
MCA Informant would help against Film Critic. I don’t enjoy having to rely on a tag glacier remote or a good Hard Hitting News after film critic comes up.
Standard Procedure lets you earn money and check if the runner has Film Critic, Employee Strike, or a way past Kitsune in hand.
Media Blitz was included alongside Puppet Master, and it was lackluster. Currents anti-synergize with your agenda trading techniques. If you’re having trouble with an Employee Strike, score an agenda behind ice.
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