Hi all. I’ve been playing HB as my corp competitively since I started (around data and destiny release) and always a glacier build. However lately I felt disappointed with them at a tournament (though I still placed 4th/23 so not too bad) and tried some other corp decks. Long story short I played a palana glacier deck and I loved it, went 5-0 on jinteki since the first run with it. Here it is for discussion’s sake:
Edit: this is my slightly edited version. The original had -3 snare, +2 mumbad city grid and something else.
3 Corporate Sales Team
1 Fetal AI
2 Global Food Initiative ●●
3 Nisei MK II
3 Jackson Howard ●●●
3 Galahad ●●●
3 Lancelot ●●●
3 Merlin ●●●
1 Wraparound ●
3 Celebrity Gift
3 Hedge Fund
3 Caprice Nisei
2 Cyberdex Virus Suite
3 Marcus Batty
credit to whoever made it-great deck sir
So I’d gladly switch, but I’d have to buy a load of new packs for palana so if I feel HB is as good I’ll stick with them. So I’d like input on comparing the 2 decks.
The event based economy for palana feels more reliable and less effort and combo-intensive then HB’s assets+breaker bay. The card text for palana is slightly worse than hb I’d say, but the difference is tiny- main thing is HB get their cred on their own turn.
HB has the advantage in terms of having two 3/2 agendas that aren’t particularly stellar in any way, palana has nisei mkii which I adore. The rest are neutral agendas.
The fact that this palana deck chose the influence-intensive grail ice says a lot here. On the other hand the fact that they can AFFORD to do this brings me to the next point:
The ability to run 3 batty and 3 caprice was one of my happiest experiences playing as corp. It’s just so, damn good compared to 3 ash 1-2 caprice. Also having the influence for a grail suite feels better than HB’s ice.
HB has biotic and archived memories, jinteki’s goodstuff is mostly in it’s agendas and caprice/batty.
So yeah my preference currently goes to palana, as you may have seen. The fact is though HB have been winning tournaments more often, but that could be attributed to popularity since palana is such a young ID. Also I have to admit my HB build is quite out-dated so I havent actually played with vikrams or global foods in mine which might explain my sentiments to a degree.
I WOULD LOVE YOUR INPUT ON THE TOPIC, BUT PLEASE STATE IF YOU HAVE PLAYED ONE, BOTH OR NONE OF THESE DECKS IN YOUR COMMENTS