I'm going to be (trying to) publishing a list a day for two weeks, in anticipation for my upcoming New Year, Old Cards throwback tournament.
This is almost a run of the mill Skorpios deck - I did choose to include some interesting ICE (Afshar because it's a hard ETR code gate, which is sometimes enough), Aiki because it's the cheapest, most taxing piece of ICE I could include, and random net damage means either chances to snipe breakers or your opponent slowing down and giving you a window, and Sapper because extend the rigshooting threat to random accesses as well is very productive for our gameplan.
You've got a few ways to trash programs:
- You score SDS Drone Deployment behind ICE
- The runner does not play support programs, and has to sacrifice an icebreaker to steal SDS Drone Deployment
- Sapper fires
- Aiki fires (always make them draw, if you can), and snipes a program
- Public Trail into Retribution to punish poorer runners
- Prisec (always fire if the tag will stick, or there are programs missing) hits a program, or allows us to use Retribution
- We dump all of our money into Trojan Horse, and pray that removing one fracter is enough
- Paperclip gets discarded (because our opponent is greedy, or they have another in hand and it's bait), and we can hit it with Ark Lockdown
As for counterplay, there are a few good options:
- Sacrificial Construct, like in a tap-lock deck, will ruin us
- Any deck that plays multiple fracters can probably win pretty reliably, unless it is MaxX: Maximum Punk Rock (potentially)
- Ice Destruction, like Parasite or Chisel, or even Hippo, can make the game unplayable
- If the runner has triple Aumakua, or triple Mammon, we might be in trouble
- Dummy Box, like in a DLR deck, will ruin us
And last, but not least:
- The runner plays support programs, and has a good start
I think retribution might be a bit of a controversial tool for skorpios, and it definitely feels good to play, but I'm uncertain just how competitively viable this deck will end up being. At the very least, I think it can lead to some interesting games against well constructed decks.