I could not seem to find any active thread for SYNC discussion, so here’s one. I personally feel that SYNC is a pretty solid ID, with a small deck size to let you find those cards you need, and an ability that strongly discourages any sort of reckless running (You are playing ravens and Gutenberg, right?).
Anyway, here’s the list I piloted to 5th at the Singaporean Nationals:
15 influence spent (max 15)
18 agenda points (between 18 and 19)
44 cards (min 40)
Cards up to Data and Destiny
I personally feel that while you could build a solid ButcherSYNC, the psychographics build is better as it’s not reliant on the runner going tag-me or blowing a load of money on a midseasons trace. You also then free up card slots that would have otherwise been dedicated to the kill plan.
Interesting. Can you beat Clot recursion? There doesn’t seem to be any ability to build a remote here. Seems like Shaper with Clot could just never run centrals and never lose. Maybe I’m missing something.
I suppose you can bluff News Teams and QPM behind a Data Raven remote, but that can only get you so far.
That’s true, but doesn’t the prevalance of SMC, parasites and faust make that a little risky? I guess it’s also because my playstyle leans more on biotic than rush, but I do sometimes hide things behind a raven.
It’s fun watching them consider the tag and whether or not I’m about to get a pet kitty.
If they keep running centrals, they either go broke dropping tags or tag-me. At that point I can psycho out Food or Beale and recur virus suites. The deck’s econ is actually solid enough to hold its own for a while.
I suppose it was also helpful that anarchs dominated the field that day, and we all know clot is a shaper card
@IonFox: I think it’s funny how I was giving you a comprehensive review of the DLR matchup the night before, and resulted in you not meeting any DLR for the whole day… Meanwhile my 2 corp losses were to Valencia >.<
I did see HQ (the other SYNC player in the room) pull off an amazing and improbable win against Hayley in Round 4. With 2 Astro tokens, you would think the game was in the bag, but not when the runner has 6 points (after 3 News Teams!) and a Clot and Sac Con backup and Dorm Computer, holy shit the hate was so real. He installed double CVS on HQ, then next turn Biotic IAAA’d the GFI, double CVSing to kill the Clot twice for the win. Absolutely stunning setup.
@Jai Ayyy lmao I guess that’s just my luck holding out again. I did see Dave’s Val though. Congratulations on the win, and thanks for the list. I did play against HQ’s SYNC too and it was pretty strong, but parasucking archangels and other stuff on a medium spree is stronger.
You can play the beale/No beale game behind raven by installing stuff and either never-advance it (could be astro / news team / QPM / Jackson) or by advancing once/twice (depending on how many astro token you have or if you have a biotic in hand) by adding GFI / Beale in the equation. Playing multiple fast-track really helps so you can fast-track an astroscript or GFI and force the runner to keep guessing. Bonus point if you also have a raven on HQ.
In my experience, a shaper with Clot that sits back and just runs your remote every time you put something in it is the worst thing to see when playing this deck. If they manage to keep a lot of their recursion (and, if they have Parasite, kill a couple Ravens), you’re generally screwed. Even if they take the News Teams, if they have no tags, a bunch of money, and control over your remote, there is no actual way to score without Cyberdex, which, if they’re being careful and just running wherever you install non-ICE cards, is pretty flimsy (though I’m not saying you can’t find a way to eke out a victory).
The cute Film Critic + New Angeles “combo” is also pretty gross against the deck, even if the “combo” isn’t actually the important part. When half your ICE is much less taxing, News Team becomes a drain of $2 (most of the time), and QPMs don’t pull their weight, it becomes an uphill, though still winnable climb.
I remember game where there was literally one agenda left that had not been scored or stolen (it was either Food or Astro - I can’t remember), and I had no way to win in the face of Clone Chip -> Clot since I had no way left to recur the two Cyberdexes in Archives. It was a great game, but this deck is definitely susceptible to being locked out. Much more so than any other fast advance strategy I’ve seen.
But hey, you’re in good shape if they never manage to steal a QPM. It means you have a shot.
I have been having a lot of fun with Sync, so much so that this thread was enough to stop me lurking and actually join up. My deck has only been played very casually so I know it would belong in the untested thread.
Has anyone else tried casting call in Sync? I am liking the concept of throwing a face up agenda behind a Raven and setting up the damned if you do damned if you don’t scenario, but…film critic. Still such a fun id.
I won a GNK yesterday with a similar list and I know @CJFM is testing something similar as well. Enough people are on it now that it feels pretty real to me.
Personally, I didn’t feel 11 ICE was quite enough and I prefer to play 12 to rush better early.
Most Runners tried to remove tags for a long time due to QPM and so I found that 1 Psycho was enough to see it by the late game and finish them off when they finally floated. SFSS is just a great card as you can make them Clot on random News Teams / Jacksons once they see that you have it.
I have been running this list and been having great success with it. I have yet to be able to find the cards I wand to cut to bring it down to 44 cards yet though. It was based on a deck that I played against at worlds and had to score like 11 agendas (counting the news teams and shi kyus).
This is also the deck that I have won on a R&D dig due to the runner hitting QPM. I love those kitties.
Tags are evil.
SYNC: Everything, Everywhere
3x AstroScript Pilot Program
1x Breaking News
3x NAPD Contract
3x Quantum Predictive Model
1x 15 Minutes
3x Jackson Howard
3x Marked Accounts
3x News Team
2x PAD Campaign
2x Shi.Kyū ••••• •••
you are definitely on-target with this post in terms of the worst matchups, though my own experience is that usually you have a pretty good shot against even these decks by pushing the pace as much as you can and stressing their SMC/Clone Chip supply as early and as hard as you can. The deck has a lot of angles, and the small size means you cans start playing for the game very quickly. (FWIW, I’m running a very similar list to the OP with a few swaps for gear-check options)
Interested in this concept, though every time I’ve played against it I’ve beaten it. ProCo plus Clot, check every card they put down. Two ravens on remote means R&D lock. Atman 4 plus Datasucker handles most of the nbn core ice here (raven, Gutenberg, archangel), but the two cvs is probably smart here. I’ve found it generally easy to avoid tags playing Sync, but when it comes down to it you could waste your never advance window on a Jackson as often as I might decide to run through your data ravens. R&D lock is definitely most advantageous as it gives you more opportunity to get news teams cleared out and trash Jacksons, so fast track is a good answer there. One thing is sure, tag hell is fantastic against reg anarch.
Gratz! Love the list. The ice suite is nearly identical to mine now, though I’ve got 3 resistor and a single wrap. Double wrap is a good choice with all the faust running around. I’ve really found the fast tracks to be clutch in every game, so I went to two. I’m also following your lead and going to 1 psycho. That card usually wins me the game, but it sits in my hand for a long time.