Took this to a SC with following changes:
-1 DLR, -1 Street Peddler, +1 The Source, +1 Daily Casts. (I knew I would be facing a CI list because one of the guys going always, always plays CI. The deck has zero chance of beating it without The Source. Pro tip: You can use Fall Guy to prevent Source trashing. I forgot this and lost because of it. Street Peddler is difficult for Sunny to use; Sunny is at her heart a combo deck that needs a bunch of pieces to work together. So, effects that remove random cards like Peddler or PE/PU are really not what she wants to be doing. Peddler does accelerate your setup time, but I’ve found the cost to be too high, so dropping one of them was acceptable. DLR doesn’t need to be a 3x since you only ever really need to see one. Daily Casts was added because the problem OCA Sunny decks seem to have is a lack of money and difficulty in getting their money going, which Daily Casts helps with beautifully.)
-1 Aaron, +1 Hostage (Honestly I considered dropping the other Peddlers for another Hostage and Daily Cast. So, here, while we do like multiples of Aaron since we want him early (and in fact this is why I didn’t mess with Jak/John numbers), Hostage is better for us to find any of our Connections early if drawn, and if drawn late, is still useful to pull out Source, Beth, or the third Contact. I have never played a Connections Sunny deck without Hostage, and the only good argument to me for cutting it is Influence, and since I had an extra Aaron eating that influence… A couple of the Jinteki decks were running Voter Intimidation to kill Aaron, and that’s the only reason I’d leave Aaron in.)
The deck performed poorly, mostly because I misread the meta. I knew the CI deck would be there, but I also have trouble beating CI with any deck, so just decided I’d let that one go. I was expecting a good percentage of CtM, and in testing I’d found this to have significant game against it, with a turn 1 Sensies being the thing that gave CtM the best chance of winning. However, I didn’t expect 5 Jinteki decks out of the 10 players at the SC. She crushed the one HB ETF deck I played against, though. And of course, in round 1 I got matched up against the CI deck. So Sunny went 1-3 on the day. My Corp (EtF NEXT Batty) performed better, but lost to some unlucky draws and went 2-2.
Going forward I would say that The Source is almost 100% required for Sunny at this point, with only the weird Sunny decks that are trying to run without Contacts and just pressure the Corp being able to not play that card. Beth is invaluable to Sunny, the 3 influence is the biggest hit to her effectiveness.
I really missed my Professional Contacts; I’d forgotten just how wonderful it is to get cards and money at the same time in Sunny. I think you could potentially do a Profession Contacts + DLR build if you dropped OCA and picked up Hostages.
Fall Guy overperformed. I’ll have to strongly consider giving him higher billing.
One oddity that I didn’t pick up before I took it to the SC was the weird interaction of Film Critic + Source + Another Day. The other thing that bothered me was that usually by the time I felt I could play Another Day, I could just not play it and keep running instead. It never helped me to maintain a lock, (I either already had a lock, or else couldn’t get agendas with Another Day) and only seemed useful for knocking out Scarcity of Resources.