I have my own take on a criminal control deck. Not sure if this deserves a separate thread, so I’ll leave it up to the mods.
It beats NBN really hard, but it was the only corp I tested against. I fear that against Cerebral Imaging I probably could resign right away… Also I fear this deck might get boring really quick just like its nemesis CI. Nevertheless here it goes:
Iain Stirling: Retired Spook (Honor and Profit)
3x Account Siphon (Core Set)
3x Calling in Favors (Honor and Profit)
3x Hostage (Opening Moves)
2x Inside Job (Core Set)
2x Special Order (Core Set)
1x Stimhack (Core Set) •
3x Sure Gamble (Core Set)
3x Logos (Honor and Profit)
3x Compromised Employee (Trace Amount)
3x Fall Guy (Double Time)
1x John Masanori (Opening Moves)
3x New Angeles City Hall (Future Proof)
1x Professional Contacts (Creation and Control) ••
2x Same Old Thing (Creation and Control)
1x The Helpful AI (What Lies Ahead) ••
1x The Source (Creation and Control) ••
3x Underworld Contact (A Study in Static)
1x Alias (Honor and Profit)
2x Breach (Honor and Profit)
1x Femme Fatale (Core Set)
2x Passport (Honor and Profit)
1x Keyhole (True Colors) •••
10 influence spent (max 10)
45 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Honor and Profit
This guy likes to take it slow.
You need at least one card from the Sure Gamble / Hostage / Pro Contacts pool. Otherwise mull. If you feel advanterous you could also keep a Keyhole starting hand without any of the above cards - it will slow you down, but this deck isn’t about being quick anyways.
Pro Contacts is the best card to hit the table at the beginning of a game. Then you have two most important things to achieve - bring your Underworlds online (Hostage -> The Helpful AI) and setup Logos. Early Logos is very important, since it is a tutor for your main weapon - Keyhole. After they score the first agenda, grab your free Keyhole and Hostage for The Source immediately. Play other resources whenever you have a click to spare, New Angeles should be one of your priorities.
Siphon with New Angeles, Keyhole, repeat. Do not try to steal agendas - mill them. Then grab your prize from the Archives all at once when enough points amass. If at any point in the game you really need to break into the remote, use Siphon / Femme / Inside Job. Sometimes it is necessary to liberate an agenda from the remote… Make sure you have 3 creds to pay for The Source, spare Fall Guy on the table and a fresh New Angeles ready to go. When you are positive mid game they dont run Scorched, it is possible to go tagme since Closed Accounts do nothing against this deck (5c for the start then Calling In Favors for like 6 or 8 creds)… Stimhack is sometimes useful for the final glory Archives run to pay for the NAPDs.
It was very refreshing to play something totally different, hope you like it.