I've tried a few different Runner decks since I started playing ANR, but haven't really found one that makes me feel completely comfortable. I mostly play Keyhole Andy because as a Magic player I can't say no to the 9-card opening hand, but I don't like matchups where I see plenty of ice out of easy Datasucker range, which is a lot of HB decks. I had a nice run with ice trash Noise, but it struggles in similar situations. I've been playing Hemorrhage Noise recently and while it's a ton of fun, I've only won one of about a half-dozen games. I had two brief flirtations with Shaper, but those decks always felt like they took too long to get rolling, and I've been crushing Shapers with my TWIY*, which makes me wary of playing one myself.
Lately I've been looking at the Anarch and Criminal expose decklists that have been popping up. I find one of the hardest things for me as Runner is calibrating how aggressive I should be at various times and given various board states, and it seems like running an expose deck could simplify that decision-making process quite a bit. Right now, I think Gabe has the best economy to be able to support Blackguard, so I took a look at some Gabriel Knight lists and some of the Gabe Blackguard lists and started brewing. I'm still in the very early stages and have done zero testing, but I wanted to get the conversation started here as Honor and Profit approaches.
Is anyone else testing expose right now, or planning to when H&P drops? What IDs do you think will be most effective for building expose decks? What do you think about its prospects as a top-tier concept?
This is the list I'm working with as a starting point. Input and alternatives are very much welcomed.
Gabriel Santiago: Consummate Professional (Core Set)
3x Account Siphon (Core Set)
2x Forged Activation Orders (Core Set)
3x Inside Job (Core Set)
3x Satellite Uplink (Trace Amount)
3x Special Order (Core Set)
1x Stimhack (Core Set) •
3x Sure Gamble (Core Set)
3x Blackguard (Fear and Loathing)
2x Lemuria Codecracker (Core Set)
3x Plascrete Carapace (What Lies Ahead)
3x Armitage Codebusting (Core Set)
3x Mr. Li (Future Proof)
2x Corroder (Core Set) ••••
1x Gordian Blade (Core Set) •••
3x Knight (Mala Tempora) ••••• •
1x Mimic (Core Set) •
3x Sneakdoor Beta (Core Set)
3x Snitch (Cyber Exodus)
15 influence spent (max 15)
45 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Fear and Loathing
Deck built on NetrunnerDB.