Great looking list, and I appreciate the detail you go into on your choices. Makes everything a lot clearer, really good showing both for the deck, the tourney, and the article.
Honest question, what are your thoughts on Investigative Journalism? It reduces the amount you pay to get in even further and makes RP's assets even easier to trash -- Sundew nets you a credit with Desperado, MHC costs nothing, etc. Played and used early it seems like the savings you could accrue would potentially be kinda huge. At the same time, you've got a looot of places to sink your clicks, not least of which is Wyldside. So I can see the argument against it, too, and imagine that'd be your feeling (that it's too slow for too little and/or combos badly with Kati and Wyldside if you haven't hit your Chronotype yet). Still, given the heat of the discussion over in the other kind of desperado Val thread, wanted to check if you'd thought of or tried it or if it just didn't seem worth the bother/deckslots.
I think I agree about Paige here, though. I guess it depends on what you'd cut, but at the moment you make... 8 discards, ideally? Now, not like that's terrible by any means, but I can still see why you'd hesitate when you can just draw through, presently, with Wyldside at almost no cost, on top of all your draw power. You haven't got the number of redundant cards to make her really shine.