Not too much to say here. This is just the False Lead Gagarin list that's been floating around in various incarnations for a couple of months. I personally didn't like the version with Hostile Takeovers and more copies of Project Atlas, because even though Atlas is crazy good, I kept drawing Hostiles when I didn't have 6 points. I looked at the Death & Taxes version, but 2c for a current just seemed like way too much in the early game vs something like Paywall, which has the other problem where you want to play it early to get value even though you're supposed to hold it to dunk opposing currents.
So I took the denser agenda suite, slotted the third Preemptive, and added a third Tour Guide for a total of 7 ice, giving me just a little bit more of a long game than the other variants of this deck.
That ended up mattering a lot, since although I killed Apoc Val pretty fast in round 1, in round 2
@ctz on 419 slammed down a Hijacked Router early on, which kept me in prison for ages. When I finally managed to get enough money, I fired an HHN, but was off by 1 credit, which let him pay into it and get us both broke. Not long after that, he slammed down a fresh Router, and I started to think about hitting the concede button despite having 2 False Leads scored. I took a little time to take stock of my outs, since even though I had no money, I did have multiple Daily Business Shows online. It seemed like my only line was to try and play Econ War enough times to keep his money down until I could finally drag myself into a position to land one more HHN.
I fed him an SSL to get myself any money at all, and that ended up working out when CTZ returned the favour I'd paid him earlier and missed his math by one credit, giving me the HHN into double False Lead forfeit into click trash Citadel HPT for 6 win.
Round 3 was
@x3r0h0ur on MaxX, with an early Stargate for pressure, but I'd drawn the nuts and got Eco War into HHN with a scored False Lead quickly.
That set up round 4 vs
@spags on Stealth Leela. At first I thought I'd be able to go pretty quickly, scoring an early False Lead, but I only had Jeeves and one Marilyn for econ for a long time, which let him get his board set up. I ended up with two Tour Guides on R&D, Border Control + Tour Guide on HQ, and an Afshar remote. I jammed a Lady Liberty in the remote and netted a False Lead with it to pressure. He let it go for a turn, and I held an SSL in case he let it go, but he ended up trashing it. I landed an HHN and used one False Lead, but he was able to Doof me down low enough that I couldn't close the game. I spent the next many, many turns fighting to get any economy going, but eventually I was able to stick an HHN with him broke enough that I could forfeit False Lead and then Consult for HPT.
I'm honestly pretty surprised that False Lead was reprinted into an environment that revolves around HHN. False Lead is what makes this deck work at all. Season to taste, although I'd be pretty wary of cutting the Jeeves. It's a priority Preemptive target for me and kept me afloat in every long game I've played with this deck. I'm quite happy to recur it and make runners either pay to trash it multiple times or let me have 4 click turns.
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