The purpose of this thread is really to investigate what people’s first experiences have been with H&P and to establish if there are any front-runners at this early stage.
The regional in London, UK is next weekend but they’ve asked for decklists a full week in advance. H&P is legal and consequently I have to make a decision on what to play by midnight on Sunday, so I don’t have a lot of time to test and come to a decision. What are people’s thoughts?
I don’t really want to test the water with the new Jinteki at this stage. If I’m honest I still don’t think they’ll be T1 competitive, but if they are they’ll certainly need more testing and tweaking than I have time for. So I’m probably going to go with a fairly safe NBN Corp and probably splash some new ICE (Guard for sure).
Fur Runner though, it’s anyone’s guess. I can’t imagine that criminals are not still ahead in the new environment, but I feel they have a real weakness to Jinteki as there are now so many ICE that are dangerous to facecheck and criminals generally don’t run much redundancy in their breakers or recursion, so the odd point of net damage can be quite costly. Additionally, there are no safe Archives runs now to charge Datasucker and use John Masanori / Desperado. Would you agree with this assessment?
As such, I was thinking that Shaper might be a bit more conservative due to their adaptability and their ability to protect against net damage. It probably all just hinges on how many people decide to punt Jinteki at this early stage.
What’s the consensus?