I'm publishing this list because it's interesting enough and close-to-playable enough that I thought people might want to try and take it a step further. Maybe there is insight amongst the jank. Piloting this thing is a doozy. I've been running it on jnet for a while now and I am still very, very bad at it. Thank you to every opponent who graciously let me spam /undo-click like I was installing it with Friends in High Places.
So what the hell is going on here? I think the easiest way to explain is to discuss the notable cards one by one. That will pretty much answer every question except the hardest one of all: why?
I'm putting this first because this is a Kit deck and so obviously the decoder is important. And the decoder here is... one of the ones criminals sometimes settle for if they can't afford the influence to import one from shaper. Obviously the idea is immediately apparent: as Kit, Peregrine can always derez the first ICE you encounter each turn. The only drawback is that it costs an absurd amount of and leaves you without a decoder installed. Sorry, that's two drawbacks. Quite bad drawbacks. And of course it costs you two influence from a 10 influence runner who's from the faction that specialises in decoders. We're not off to a good start, are we?
More positively, the fact that Peregrine sends itself back to your hand is a bug that can be turned into a feature! However you install it, whatever you do with it while it's installed, when you send it back to your hand, all is forgiven. Which brings us to...
Some people see a card that seems bad and think 'that card seems bad'. They then go on to build decks using cards that have been proven to be good, sometimes mixing in a few unproven cards with obvious advantages. This is weakness.
True GamersTM see a card that seems bad and think 'that card seems bad. It is my moral duty to prove that it is in fact the best card in the game.' This is the sort of thinking that will allow you to play Real NetrunnerTM.
Diana's Hunt is the card that I built this deck around. I initially had three and I've dropped down to two. That's the right number. That is the right number. YOU WILL PRISE DIANA'S HUNT FROM MY COLD, DEAD GRIP!
So what does this card do for you? Most notably, it lets you install Peregrine for free multiple times during a run. This sometimes actually works. In combination with Kit, Pelangi and Simulchip you can do all sorts of wacky things. Take note that you can use Simulchip to turn your free installs into things that won't be trashed at the end of the hunt.
This card is primarily a tutor to let you reliably fetch your Peregrine from the Stack, before sending it back into your Grip, which is a much better place for it than back onto the bottom of the Stack. The fact that you're running this also means you don't have to worry too much about Diana's Hunt or destroyers dumping Peregrine into your Heap. It's also a Pelangi or emergency non-Peregrine icebreaker in a pinch.
I chose a prepaid economy because this deck needs big bursts of money, and also because prepaids are a boon when your plan to get breakers out is run-and-install events.
This is a surprisingly useful card that I recommend you try (it's great against million-upgrade servers, Hostile Infrastructure, Mushin No Shin and Dedication Ceremony/City Works Project combos) but it's definitely a flex slot. If you are trying to make this deck good and you want to cut something, this is an option.
A fat stack of credits with a drawback I can avoid using Peregrine's bounce? Sign me up. A third one of these might be worth it.
I love seeing cards late-game that would have been great early but are now all but worthless. That's why I endorse technical writer. More seriously, this is good but seriously swingy economy that will fire everytime you do silly install and derez shenanigans. When the corp is playing a slow, grindy game these guys will help you stick it out. Or they would if they weren't all floating around in the bottom 15 cards of your deck. I'm not bitter.
These are some genuinely OK econ in this deck. Seriously adequate. A barnstorming 7½ out of 10.
So is Kit even the right ID for this jank? Maybe not. Port it out to say, Lat: Ethical Freelancer, and you can run similar shenanigans with Golden while enjoying five extra influence, a and the opportunity to recognise in retrospect that doing things slightly differently would have netted you a bonus draw. Worth trying.
Why only one? I had more, but I wasn't using them that much. When this deck is functioning, which is definitely a thing that it does sometimes, you don't need it too often because the corp isn't keeping a ton of ice rezzed and you've got back-up breakers in any case. In other versions of this idea Pelangi might be more important, so definitely a question worth revisiting.
This is a relic of a time when this deck was running Rezeki, which I cut because this deck doesn't need more things to set up for the long game. I'm probably gonna cut it in the next iteration of this.
THE FUTURE (or how I learned to stop faffing about and put more econ in my deck)
This deck is never going to have a fully-fledged Aesops economy, but it has enough targets lying around - empty Flame-outs and Ice Analyzers, late game Technical Writers, dead Pelangis and Ladies - that I'm definitely including at least one in my next iteration of this.
is a good card. Or maybe Symmetrical Visage, which is a pet card I like a bit too much.
Is a card I've already mentioned and I'm returning to because this deck could definitely use some more multi-access and HQ pressure. On that subject...
might be better than The Maker's Eye. I didn't really consider it before, but it could be worth tweaking things around to ensure a reliable target.
is another good econ card that I probably should be playing.
only costs one influence. I'm sure I can get him in here somehow.
Now I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. You're already derezzing a bunch of ice with Peregrine, see, so it only makes sense to— wait, where are you going? Come back! I'M NOT FINISHED! NO ONE UNDERSTANDS MY GENIUS!!!
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