played this kate deck tonight card for card... wow was that a fun deck to play. I had previously suggested in the BGG thread that this could be a cool setup with the professor adding in sneakdoor and faerie and such; however Kates ability really went the distance and made me tons of money.
I really enjoyed the professional contacts... It made draws feel so good, and it was great with the pace of kate's deck - maybe it was just because it was a dfferent play style than turn x: make tons of money, turn y draw tons of cards. It was nice having those free deck slots from the burst draws to play scavenge and test run.
Wow scavenge was sick in this deck, trading up with sahasra, resetting femmes, imps and parasites - such a great tool for the deck.
Even deus ex got some mileage blowing up heimdall 2s and being in the garbage in case of emergency vs jinteki.
Some cards that didn't pull their weight were: Atman. I was really glad this was a 1 of, because I never seemed to need to install it for anything. During my games, I could have atman'd and gotten through some stuff for cheap, but it always seemed like I had more effective plays to make. It is an amazing card, but after playing with the single copy in this deck, it is certainly reasonable to not include 2 or 3 of them "just because"
sahasrara was great; however Im not sure the deck needs 3 of them. 2 also seems perfectly reasonable. I think I will be cutting 1 of the 3 to add a pawnshop.
Mag opus did a little bit of work, and it wasn't a terrible 1 of.
Cards that I wanted during the game (didnt need, but would have been convenient for some plays)
- Nerve Agent / Sneakdoor Beta
- aesops pawnshop
- plascrete carapace / some kind of tag avoidance
If I had crescentus I could have made at least 1 escher run a turn sooner and stopped one of my opponents for biotic-ing 1 agenda in another game
I didn't get into HQ very many times, and I would have liked nerve agent to be able to yank all of the agendas and imp more wisely. Alternatively, sneakdoor beta would be even better since it is a major archives threat if my opponent isn't icing it up archives aka the place where their best ice goes after I escher.
Probably my inexperience with the deck, but I didn't like having to fetch femme as my sentry breaker every time, I would prefer to just be able to get ninja when I need it, I suppose atman fills this role as the cost to atman for 5 and break ichi2 is 11 credits versus the cost to install ninja and break ichi2 for 10 credits.
I steamrolled an nbn tagn bag deck pretty easily only having to clear 1 tag the whole game, but against a weyland deck I don't think I would have felt as safe and I will have to play some games vs weyland to determine what the actual need is, but lacking tag avoidance could be a weakness. I don't realy ever feel too safe vs weyland as noise, and that asshole has 3 imps and nerve agent.
Pawnshop would have helped me make some plays where I actually didn't have a program in my grip to install in order to trash an imp or femme so that I could reset it with clone chip. 3rd scavenge would have made the same plays possible, but I think there is good utility in using pawnshop as a 1/2 sahasrara 1/2 scavenge.
Anyways amazing deck, it's a really cool archetype that you have created and I think it definitely has a place in the current and future meta.