The purpose of this thread is to create a skeleton or a framework that should form the foundation of most Professor decklists. The reason behind this is that the Professor is in a bit of a unique (or odd) position in terms of what it’s role should be. IMO I think it makes it hard for players like myself to find a good starting point so I decided to work through logically on what a Professor deck at least should have.
The Professor: Keeper of Knowledge (Creation and Control)
- 3x Personal Workshop (Cyber Exodus)
- 1x Femme Fatale (Core Set) •
- 1x Djinn (Core Set) ••
- 1x Medium (Core Set) •••
- 1x Nerve Agent (Cyber Exodus) ••
- 3x Self-modifying Code (Creation and Control)
- 1x Sneakdoor Beta (Core Set) •••
0 influence spent (max 1)
26 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Creation and Control
Deck built on NetrunnerDB.
There’s the decklist core I personally have come up with using lots of downtime at work (mostly to prevent myself from getting bored to death) and I figure I should share my thoughts and see where I’m right and most importantly where I might be wrong in doing.
So, this identity already tells us that we are going to be including many different 1-of programs from out of faction, this makes tutoring prime for this deck, 3x Self-Modifying Code and 3x Test Run, easy decision. 2nd easiest decision would be 3x Clone Chips and 3x Scavenge, this allows the rig to be moldable and adjustable as the board state fluctuates. We have to accept we cannot have everything we want/need all at once due to MU limits etc., so we have to expect to trash programs (and return programs) at different points in the game. This also allows recursion options with trashable programs like Parasite, Crescentus, Deus X etc.
In regards to programs, I wanted to mostly leave icebreakers alone because I can see this being taken in different directions especially with Professor and what he has available to him. That won’t be a point of this discussion. However, the addition of Femme Fatale is natural because we are going to sometimes need to bypass certain ice and not necessarily break it (thinking about Tollbooth here).
The next issue is establishing a set of programs (non-faction) that would mostly justify using him (instead of other Shapers) in the first place and the one thing that stuck out in my mind were what I would call “access programs”. Sneakdoor Beta, Nerve Agent and Medium all account for 8 influence already between just 3 programs and this should be something every Professor deck should have otherwise, we can just run Katie/Kit/Chaos Theory with 2-3x Mediums etc. if we wanted to focus on just R&D, but we can provide good reasons to run all 3 centrals and applying pressure on corp with these 3 cards. IMO, this is something that is hard for the other ID’s to pull off and makes Professor worth using overall.
The last issue we need to resolve is definitely going to be memory issues to be able to keep out as many programs in a given time. This leads to adding Djinn (accounting for 2 more influence points, and a total of 11 influence points for the skeleton). Djinn is great because we would expect to run many different non-icebreaker programs to justify using Professor in the first place and this helps add +2 MU on the board and a limited tutor thus potentially saving us from having to burn Test Run or SMC on tutoring for viruses. To me, this should be the first program that hits the board in most Professor games. I have 3 Akamatsu Memory Chips in this skeleton, but what type of +MU hardware a person wants to use is up to them, this is just to signify that we should at least put aside 3 card slots for +MU hardware.
The last 2 cards I did not mention are Sure Gamble and Personal Workshop. I think this forms the foundation of this deck in terms of having some burst economy and some steady economy (yes, trying to use those Runner Economy 101 terms). Personal Workshop is important to allow Professor to maximize its use of options and allows him maximum flexibility within the deck.
This concludes my opening post on establishing a proper framework for a Professor decklist. I’m a big fan of this I.D. and have been spending the last 2+ weeks in figuring this thing out. I still think the proper strategy is up for a lot of debate regarding Professor but I think a good start for players like me to figure out his place would be to start with a skeleton or a framework. I was going to post what my current Professor decklist is at, but I think this is long enough for now and I’ll save it for another post. (I apologize if this post became too long!) Thoughts? Opinions? Am I right? Am I wrong?
PS I was trying to throw this under Deck Archetypes, but couldn’t find the option under the Topics listed in the dropdown menu.