My goal with these changes was to alleviate the deck’s weaknesses. The deck now feels more streamlined, consistent, and I feel far less limited at the expense of the situational danger it had.
-1 Project Junebug, +2 Ronin
The threat of Ronin truly breathes life into Aggressive Secretary. Before, if the runner chose not to run an asset, if it was a trap it was rendered moot. Now runners feel pressured into running an asset that’s been thrice+ advanced over several turns. And the Ronins are worth having themselves, in case the runner chooses to ignore remotes in favor of central servers.
-2 Neural EMP, +2 Zaibatsu Loyalty
Expose cards were on the rise prior to FP, and I fear now that there are more Upgrades/Assets that pack a punch, the problem will be further exacerbated. I knew I would have to incorporate ZL eventually, and now seems to be the proper time.
-2 Data Mine, +1 Whirlpool
Not that Whirlpool is fantastic, but it offers far more versatility than Data Mine. I had only ever used DM behind Chum, and a Chummed Whirlpool is essentially the same thing.
-1 Enigma, -2 Hunter, -1 Wall of Thorns, +2 Snowflake, +2 Eli 1.0
I’m glad to be rid of Hunter, as once the runner gets a decoder, a chummed Hunter is defanged. Snowflake provides some stopping power early game and costs little to do so, and Eli is amazing at defending centrals and scales rather nicely into late-game. I’m far more excited and at ease with these defending my centrals.
-1 Tollbooth, -1 Scorched Earth, +2 Archived Memories
Good riddance! I’d only see it every other game anyways, it was abhorrently expensive to rez, and it was instantly Parasite/Shutdown bait. Archived Memories directly counters Noise as well as allowing me to recycle economy, snares, and play mind games with the runner as well. Recycle a Ronin, install a Secretary, and advance it once.
My only concern with these changes is that it has 3 additional assets now and 2 fewer ice. Hopefully it won’t be too detrimental. I’m also seriously considering Replicating Perfection with this deck, and will be testing it throughout the week.