This was my choice of Corp deck for the 7th Stimhack Online Cache Refresh tournament. It went undefeated in swiss before losing 2 games in round 1 of top 8 for a final record of 6-2. Going into the tournament, it looked like Corp/Runner balance was tipped to the Corp, so I tried to lean into that with a straightforward deck that prioritized consistency and strong starts.
As for card choices, GFI is the main reason to run this. I didn't want to lose to any sick rips! Death and Taxes + News Hound follows pretty easily from there, given the ID ability and that you're already in D&D - DnT into News Hound on both centrals turn 1 and you can still rez both, which is a very comfortable way to start. I never won from meat damage but the threat helped me score out, and K. P. Lynn is a fun card, so I had to squeeze her in. Drudge Work is fine, it's necessary for bad starts but otherwise is just a blank install that most people liked to trash. Hiding agendas helps DnT make lots of money as well, but seriously don't do it if you already have ice on the remote.
I made very few changes during the tournament because I kept winning. When Surveyor was restricted I went to Blockchain instead, and I never had problems with the cost. I didn't have very deep servers anyway, just 3 ice or so was usually enough on the remote, less on centrals, you're trying to rush. I also switched from 1 Too Big to Fail to 1 Beanstalk Royalties because the games where I drew it I never dropped below 10 credits, and 4 credits is enough for other IDs right? I think there are definitely games for each card where the difference will matter, but with no common cases it's hard to say which is better. Green beans are better early, so that's my choice.
Anyway, a really fun tournament overall! I'm happy to have made the top cut again. Thanks to @FightingWalloon for hosting, he's done a spectacular job and deserves many props for having the initiative to start the tournament format and carry it through 7 iterations. It's perfect for someone like me who only has time for a couple games a week, and the emphasis on deckbuilding in a changing and underexplored format brings me a lot of joy.
These tournaments have accounted for the majority of my gametime over the past year, and though FightingWalloon is stepping down as organizer, I'm extremely pleased that the groundwork has been laid for the tournaments to continue with @Sanjay at the lead. The changes in the works for SOCR8 are very exciting, and though I plan to move on from this deck, I'm happy to discuss how I'd transition it past the Terminal Directive split with anyone who is interested!
A final thanks to all my opponents for the excellent games and dialogue. I hope to see you all again in the next tournament!
7 Oct 2018 internet_potato
8 Oct 2018 mbzrl