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Yes, yes, I know Hayley's not white. It's a Kanye reference, let's move on with our lives.
This is an update of my old Hayley Blackmail deck, which took me to 1st at an 18 player SC (along with Scumlording the Meta, aka Snekbite with Little Engines). It went 4-1 on the day, with my only loss coming in a heavily favorable matchup due simply to play error - mistakenly burning all three SOTs while my Levy was in the heap.
The MWL update was a mixed bag for Hayley - on the one hand, the derailment of the Astrotrain meant we could afford to cut the Clots from the deck. That also meant we could lose Clone Chip - which was good, because the bad news was now our breaker suite costs 1 more influence, and Clone Chip was an impossible luxury.
But the best news came with Rumor Mill, which finally, FINALLY solves the deck's longstanding Caprice Nisei problem. The queen is dead; long live the new queen.
You might notice that this deck has absolutely no game against asset spam. In fact, the deck has only one game plan, period, and it's the same it always has had - get a bad pub with Activist Support, and then lock up R&D with three Interfaces and Blackmail abuse. Use Faust for accesses if they get something rezzed. Hope you're faster than whatever shenanigans they're doing with those assets.
Hyperdriver is a new add. With Turing falling out of the meta, there's less need for a backup decoder, and less need for programs in general. Hyperdriver is a nice quality-of-life upgrade that makes it easier to maintain the Blackmail lock if you don't have all your Same Old Things down on the board, letting you accelerate toward your lock early on or push past the SOT/Levy speedbump later. It also helps against Turing if you're desperate.
This build is teched out for a very NBN-heavy meta, with Hades Shard as a special surprise for Shutdown combo. The flex slots would be 2 New Angeles City Hall, 2 Film Critic, 1 Rumor Mill, 1 DaVinci (since NACH can perform a similar job, albeit at a price), 1 Hades Shard, and 1 Sure Gamble (the deck can survive with 2 in some metas). I think pretty much everything else is obligatory, especially including the Artist Colony, which is a game-changer against EoI decks.
A list of other cards worth considering, besides Clot and the second Rumor Mill if your meta calls for those:
Also, like a lot of Shapers, I'll probably squeeze a copy of Equivocation in once Martial Law drops, because that's just another Interface in this deck.
27 Nov 2016 raphaeln
29 Nov 2016 Infectiou
I always thought you can't use New Angeles City Hall to avoid the tag from activist support, because you don't "get tagged" but "take a tag".
6 Dec 2016 Phoenix
I assume the point is to install the Activist Support on the Corps turn, then sell it to Aesops before it triggers - hence no need to avoid the tag.
7 Dec 2016 hotelfoxtrot
Cards like Account Siphon and Data Raven use the wording "take" in relation to tags, and I think avoiding those tags with New Angeles City Hall is okay.
Congrats on the SC,
@greyfield! Fifth time is the charm! :)
This is probably one of my favorite unfair decks. I was running it out of CT to get the combo and the Blackmails/SOT after Levy faster, but running 3 Hyperdrives out of Hayley probably just works as well, if not better, since you burn them on the 1st pass of the deck and then they are removed from the game and your deck gets smaller on the 2nd pass.
Now, I know that ProCo can be a liability on this heavy tag meta, but with the Hyperdrivers and NACHs, don't you think you could put them back over the Daily Casts (or Quality Times)?