So while looking into the upcoming corp IDs, I kind of brushed aside the new Jinteki one as merely a “post-rotation RP” and today while trying to build a non-asset spam deck I thought I’d take another look.
AgInfusion: New Miracles for a New World
Identity: Division • Deck: 45 • Influence: 17
Once per turn, instead of rezzing an approached piece of ice, you may trash it to choose another server. The Runner is now running on that server and encountering the outermost piece of ice, if any.
So the first big idea is that, like RP, it forces a wasted click on the runner. Ok, well RP does this a bit better as there is no cost associated. So not that great, but we get two more influence to make up for this. End of story right? Well there’s more.
Unlike RP the corps gets to choose which server the runner gets deflected to. If the piece of ice is rezzed the runner is forced to encounter it, so obvious targets would be something like a rezzed Excalibur hoping the runner doesn’t have an AI breaker. Or if that server contains something like Port Anson Grid and a Snare! the runner must trash a program or face damage. Also for fun, the ID has built-in Blackmail defense (once per turn that is).
Actually that’s probably not true…
Obviously since the corp is forced to trash ice, recursion cards are key here: Crick, Architect, and our favorite asset spam card: Friends in High Places. Additionally the need to move and reposition ice onto different server, I think will be fairly helpful especially when combined with Mushin.
Some additional thoughts on cards:
Mushin No Shin - (Non-rotating card!) Let’s you install a 5/3 and score it next turn for two credits. This plus Friends in High Places I think will be the main combo for many Ag decks as it let’s you install your 5/3, and two pieces of trashed ice on the same server.
Georgia Emelyov - Hasn’t seen much usage but it seems like a consistent 2credit net damage when deflected to another server unless they want to run to complete successfully.
Replanting - Let’s you reposition ice and ignoring all costs is pretty swell. That it’s a double is a bit unfortunate as it doesn’t combo with Mushin very well.
Speaking of repositioning of ice, we might see some of these cards come out of the binder:
Tenma Line - Let’s you reposition ice.
Himitsu-Bako - This is built into the ice itself.
Anyways, I’m curious as what other’s thoughts are on this new Jinteki ID?