A Dam Good Deck - 5th & 9th at 2021 Worlds

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In preparation for Worlds, we were testing mostly Steve and Apoc Maxx to see how they felt in the new meta. We found Steve suprisingly less stronger than 419 did in the past and Apoc Maxx for some reason was now awful against CtM. Plus both felt quite weak against the Gagarin decks we were testing.

Tugtetgut in the lab

One day @Tugtetgut showed up with an Adam list he felt viable. Early iterations felt quite strong as they had some of the best cards from all the factions:

  • PAD Tap is amazing econ and should be in every runner deck.
  • Rezeki for the long games against everything non-PD.
  • Liberated Account for corps where you don't want to run.
  • Logic Bomb is such a strong threat early on and even late game (once you Logic Bomb through a Data Ward in Acme, you'll know).
  • Find the Truth by itself was previously one of the main reasons to play Adam, unbanning Mad Dash (lot of 3 pointers around lately) made it even better.

Multithreader is terrible

(Ironically, we tried out Multithreader and it was terrible.)

Sadly we found that Adam was also horrible against Gagarin (Urban Renewal is really dangerous with a handsize of 3), but our Danish mad scientist added a card that made perfect sense: Sports Hopper.

Helps tank the early Urbans, literally stops the whole Neurospike-Reeducation combo in its tracks, helps steal Obos behind Data Loop and can be used with Emergent Creativity to get a 3 cred discount on anything you tutor for. Funnily enough, you can also just fetch Hopper itself, for example against Neurospike. Adam still felt a bit vurnable, so he also added Citadel Sanctuary and Misdirection. While these changes were mainly against Gagarin, they gave Adam a huge advantage against the CtM decks that started to surface.

Old, probably Russian meme

What we ended up with was a runner deck that was very, very strong against all the yellow decks (Acme, Azmari, CtM) and our Gagarin. We might have gone overboard with the Adam vs. Gagarin testing, but once both decks were in their final states (aside the usual 1-1 cards we change around) the matchup was actually fun and heavy with decisions, so we just kept playing it.

The one tradeoff is that it's usually quite terrible against PD. Most of our testing games went very similarly:

  • PD gets an early 2 ice remote you can't really contest for a while.
  • Once Void gets installed, Logic Bomb doesn't do much anymore (and doesn't help with installing Plop either). If they find a 2nd Void, even Plop doesn't help.
  • Although FtT is not meant as a soft lock, often I wouldn't see anything on top of the deck and the corp would just draw through (either manually, or with THG, Rashida, Spinny D) and install agendas they find into the remote with big ice on it.

The RNG Key could potentially be a 2nd Mad Dash to maybe help, but even when we tried that it didn't feel enough, plus RNG Key sometimes helps with tempo if PD keeps one central light on ice (and does a lot in the very ice-light asset matchups). Maybe my approach during the games was incorrect and I should have put heavier focus on the remote, but then Void still usually stops Adam easily. Maybe a 2nd Plop to help with the remote. If we ever figure out that matchup, Adam will probably be the best runner.

Until that it's a really fun deck that's strong against a big portion of the currently popular corps.

Shoutouts

  • @Tugtetgut, for brewing amazing decks and always being up for testing.
  • The whole NWE crew for uncoordinated, but very amusing testing.
  • Anyone who organized, judged or commentated Worlds, it was a wonderful event, thank you.
  • @ToThBeBe for still being the highest placing Adam player ever (gondoltam örülni fogsz, hogy mekkorát ment most is Adam :D).
  • The whole community who participated 200 strong in this year's Worlds.
6 comments
24 Nov 2021 lukevanryn

Great write up Peter, and congrats on the result!

I took Adam too, and raised my first-ever top quartile result! I landed on a few different card choices but did find Adam strong against the 7 different corps I met (4 factions) I met.

24 Nov 2021 Diogene

Was there tests with DJ Fenris?

Congrats on getting Adam: Compulsive Hacker to be the second best runner ID at World 2021.

24 Nov 2021 percomis

We discussed briefly adding DJ Fenris, but we didn't really try it. One one hand, your late game is already pretty amazing with all your drip, so you don't need to DJ into Steve that much, plus inf is a bit tight, but I guess you could take out a Career Fair.

25 Nov 2021 pspacekitten

well done <3

26 Nov 2021 5N00P1

12% of the field playing Adam, 3rd most played ID, we would all have laughed about that some time ago and now it's reality.
Thank you for brewing this and giving Adam some time in the sun and congrats to you strong showing!

27 Nov 2021 Saja_PL

A great performance. Maybe next year Adam will be able to break the @ToThBeBe record before rotation. GG.