The previous version of the deck was this:
The deck used less ice, hostile infrastructure, encryption protocol, and snare! to make remotes and DBS stick. Ultimately it was really weak on centrals, but sometimes really fun to play. With 4 influence some of those cards could come into this version. I’m not sure Hostile would be worth the money, but encryption protocol might be. That’s more slots though, so now you’ve got to cut something…
I’ve watched several of Kiv’s games and he’s playing differently than I would, though I can’t say that he’s playing it wrong. I do thing there are suboptimal choices. Basically, if a DBS comes up I will almost always choose to keep it and I will almost always choose to install and rez it. The deck is designed to abuse agenda scores and the low ice count of “rezzables” are massaged by DBS which often patches your weak point by letting you churn through more of your deck. I almost always choose DBS and I almost always choose to rez it. This is the biggest difference between my play style and Kiv’s.
2nd thing is icing remotes. Icing SanSan occasionally is fine. Icing jackson is probably a questionable move. If DBS is being left alone, jackson is rarely necessary for more draws or for fixing the hand.
3rd thing is there was a game where he grabbed turtlebacks over pad campaign. I probably would have made the other choice. Pad is important, but you install so many remotes that turtle backs is usually better; and it’s better at powering agenda scoring from broke if siphon does become a problem.
4th is that IT isn’t ever getting up and running, not even in games where it would have been helpful. I think this is largely because he’s using the ice to protect things I wouldn’t. Because of this R&D lock tends to be a more prevalent problem than I’m used to. Between IT & multiple DBS it should be possible to slow the runner down so that the lock doesn’t happen.
I do like the second sansan play. I feel like its often win more once you have the astro token, but it can break a runner. All of that said, Kiv is winning games with the deck, so my comments only go so far. I lean harder on turtle and DBS than he does, but if they get trashed I’m typically playing the same games the way he does, aside from forcing IT as an issue to distract the runner.
I think it’d be best at this point if I streamed some games, so I’ll try and find my mic and hook that up this weekend and have footage for everyone. Maybe its easier to show than explain.