This is a Jinteki deck I’ve created and tweaked over the past month. I don’t consider it complete (I doubt I will ever consider it as such), but its results have been outstanding. For the most part, it has crushed Shapers and Criminals especially.
Identity Jinteki: Personal Evolution (Core) Total Cards: 49 Agenda (11) Braintrust (What Lies Ahead) x2 False Lead (A Study in Static) x2 Fetal AI (Trace Amount) x3 Nisei MK II (Core) x2 Corporate War (Future Proof) x2 Asset (11) Melange Mining Corp (Core) x2 Snare! (Core) x3 Ronin (Future Proof) x2 Aggressive Secretary (Core) x2 Zaibatsu Loyalty (Core) x2 ICE (19) Chum (Core) x3 Chimera (Cyber Exodus) x2 Neural Katana (Core) x3 Whirlpool (Humanity's Shadow) x2 Snowflake (What Lies Ahead) x3 Wall of Static (Core) x2 Archer (Core) x2 Eli 1.0 (Future Proof) x2 Operation (8) Trick of Light (Trace Amount) x2 Hedge Fund (Core) x3 Aggressive Negotiation (Core) x1 Archived Memories (Core) x2 Upgrade (0)
What sets this deck apart from most Jinteki decks I’ve seen is that its goal is Agenda scoring rather than flatlining. The threat of Jinteki’s traps coupled with loading up after taking net damage forces the runner to run less aggressively, or pay the price. In the current meta, runners are unafraid to attack twice-advanced assets, or run against centrals with little money. Thus Archer/Aggressive Secretary comes into play, to great effect.
The one variable I’m still tweaking more than any other is Scorched Earth. It’s great against runners that ignore tags, or if a Snare goes off and I can force a False Lead, but for the most part, this accounts for perhaps 5% of my wins, if that. I’m contemplating subbing for Archived Memories, since virus milling is prevalent and Jinteki can do little about it (it’ll also be useful for recycling Snares and econ against other opponents).