Exile: Streethawk (Creation and Control)
15 influence spent (max 15)
46 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Data and Destiny
Deck built on NetrunnerDB.
This was my first pass at a modern Exile Streetchess deck. Hot damn, I’d forgotten how powerful Pawn + Cher was in Exile. Build your own proco for the low cost of two clicks and two cards.
I did notice that Stealth was a concept we didn’t have around the last time Streetchess existed, so I decided to go that route first, since the chess combo gives me enough velocity to get all the stealth pieces installed, which lets my chess combo continue humming, and lets me into servers for little credits, so that the Pawn-Cher chain lets me keep going.
After playing it once, it seems pretty resilient. Everything hums and synergizes with every other part of the deck. The clunkiest bit was Memory concerns, so I may be swapping out the Akamatsu for Cybersolutions. (DaVinci pays for it easily.)
Things to note about Modern Streetchess:
You MUST have Plascrete. My list doesn’t, and I will die so quickly to SEA+Scorch it isn’t funny. It’s a flaw that I need to patch.
Blue Sun requires you to play Employee Strike, or be ok with losing your Chess Combo. Because it costs influence, you have to skimp somewhere, and I chose to skimp on Parasite, as it seemed to me that the corp should either be trashing their ICE to my Caissa, or let me continue comboing on their face.
Marcus Batty requires Sacrificial Construct, or else don’t host your rig on Cher. I chose to try hosting the Stealth rig on Cher first, to see how that played… It’s powerful, since the breakers cost so little, and your tempo isn’t slowed by breaker installs. If I were to try not relying on Cher so heavily, I’d probably pull the constructs entirely, but for the first run, it seemed quite good.
While Wasteland looks fun, you can’t skimp on Deep Red or Pawn, and Rook and Knight are so powerful that they’re worth their influence costs. And you need at least one Cher… Not much influence left. There might be an argument that you don’t need the Legwork since they’ll ICE HQ anyway to stop your dumb chess combo? Technical Writer seems fun, but Kati pulled her weight… I might try the Writer.