If there is one thing that everyone seems to agree on, it is that Spaces Between (specifically Cache) has pushed Noise to his strongest position since Jackson Howard was printed. Also helping in this has been the rise of Glacier decks - Noise’s ability to mill the corp means that their usual strategy of keeping the game going becomes counter-productive.
I think there are three distinct directions Noise can go in - a Keyhole build using Siphon or Parasite recursion to set up Keyhole runs on R&D and make the corp’s deck useless; the Aesops Pawnshop build that uses cheap viruses as economy and the resurrection of Personal Workshop builds which, since I wasn’t playing when they were tearing up the tournament scene, I’m going to refrain from commenting on at all.
My build below is very much the Pawnshop build. There are two big questions I would like views on.
Firstly, the breakers. As it stands, the deck doesn’t use breakers very often. Parasite is its main way of getting into servers. Hence, Darwin, Knight and D4V1D handle most things between them. This is fine against decks where you can face-check with impunity (Destroyers aren’t a problem for the deck, everything is pretty expendable), but means against Jinteki you can spend a long time setting up instant Parasites so you don’t just die to a random Neural Katana. Does it therefore need the fixed breakers, and can it afford the extra deck space this will eat up?
Secondly, consistency. The deck is utterly dependent on Pawnshop for its economy. Whilst it can hold its own in the short term without it, it will just fall over if it doesn’t see it by the mid-game. Similarly, it needs to see a parasite (one is fine) to seriously threaten the corp. I would love to include Quality Time to address both issues, but I don’t have the influence spare. Is a Pawnshop economy really the best way to go, or would I better off using something more standard?
Noise: Hacker Extraordinaire (Core Set)
3x Déjà Vu (Core Set) [In an ideal world I’d have SOT in to recur these and act as an Easy Mark if needed - but space is too tight]
2x Scrubbed (The Spaces Between) [Scrubbed is in the there primarily because ELP and Target Marketing naming “Parasite” are a nightmare without it]
3x Cyberfeeder (Core Set)
2x Grimoire (Core Set)
2x Plascrete Carapace (What Lies Ahead) [I see a lot of people don’t run these in Noise. I think you need to]
3x Clone Chip (Creation and Control) ••••• •
2x Wyldside (Core Set) [Pretty much the only draw I have access to without spending influence - I tend to leave it in play for five/six turns to get set up, then ditch it]
3x Aesop’s Pawnshop (Core Set) ••••• •
3x Darwin (Future Proof)
3x Knight (Mala Tempora)
3x Datasucker (Core Set)
2x Medium (Core Set) [Keyhole would fit what I am trying to do better, but it is a lot more expensive because Cyberfeeder doesn’t pay for it]
3x Parasite (Core Set)
3x Imp (What Lies Ahead)
3x Lamprey (Upstalk) [Actually quite good in this deck, but only because of Noise’s ability and Pawnshop]
2x D4v1d (The Spaces Between)
3x Cache (The Spaces Between) •••
15 influence spent (maximum 15)