Old Dog New Tricks: 3-0 Vancouver SC

Alpha 39

I went 4-2 on the day, which earned me 3rd place, dropping games because of the relative inexperience with my runner. I faced Calling in Favours Geist, good stuff Smoke, and Apoc Kim.

This deck is centered around a few core objectives.

1: Make money very quickly with BaBW's ID + transaction operations.

2: Force the runner to make bad decisions. Note: a simple run that pokes a central can be a bad decision. Any combo of Economic Warfare + Reversed Accounts + Hard-Hitting News + Bryan Stinson is very punishing.

3: Forced Connection is great and really catches people off guard. You can make so much money quickly, they can even be effective against link Runners.

4: Score out because they can't contest. Alternatively...

5: BOOM!

Some other notes: Nearly all ice is multi sub. I switched out a couple of single sub ice to deal with the prevalence of Femme in my meta, and the fact I saw a plethora of Geist + Gbahali + Kongamato decks in the Pubrunner prior to this tournament.

Archived Memories and Consulting Visit are great utility cards.

Only one Stinson because I often found drawing the second copy and not needing it. Also, the threat of Stinson can often be enough to force bad decisions or inaction.

5 comments
11 Mar 2018 GameOfDroids

Looks pretty similar to an Argus list I've been playing for a while. I tried Forced Connection, but ultimately switched to Prisec. Did you try Prisec and if so, what made you play the Forced Connection?

11 Mar 2018 AsteriskCGY

I think the threat from R&D and the economy of a trace to BOOM tags threatens more than a single tag.

11 Mar 2018 Alpha

@GameOfDroids I did consider Prisec, as it has more staying power than the zero trash cost of Forced Connection. But at @AsteriskCGY mentioned, the double tag from a simple R&D or HQ poke is a great threat. In testing, I had more than one occurrence or somebody hitting a Forced Connection last click (no Snare! respect), to be easily Boomed next turn.

Despite that, and despite what I said about being able to out money link runners, that's only if things are going well for you, and I may have to go back to Prisec. Sunny is seeing more play now that White Hat is out, and with Black Hat coming, I don't see that stopping. And then there's Akiko coming up. And Geist is seeing a resurgence (could be temporary, but who knows?).

15 Mar 2018 AsteriskCGY

@AlphaAs a Sunny player my power tap love more traces.

15 Mar 2018 Alpha

@AsteriskCGY I actually played this against a Power Tap Sunny last night. If you go fast, Sunny can't keep up. I'm considering slotting a Fast Track just to improve those odds.