With the meta shifting and strategies like eater/keyhole, crescentus/lamprey and vamp/account siphon economic denial becoming quite prominent (and consequently placing, it seems to me, a lot of extra pressure on this ID), I’m wondering how effective PE currently is and what changes (if any) people are considering for this ID’s archetypes.
‘IHD’ has put a lot of pressure on the white tree by limiting the flatline options you thought you had. You can’t just pop a Ronin and Neural anymore and take your win. It can clean out the hand, but often times you’ll need to rinse and repeat, which seems to have hurt PE’s tempo quite badly. It has also given runners much more confidence in how they access remotes.
Never mind Miss ‘It’s not so hard’ Patel, who’s ability really hurts your Mushin’d servers.
There are some reasonable tools for dealing with the meta at the moment. Chronos is very handy against MaxX and Shapers. Swordsman seems a handy include for Eater and AI based strategies, and I think that breaker became the tipping point for including a 1-of (or maybe 2-of) of this ice. Housekeeping is potentially a great current event to add pressure on the runners hand .
I’m not sure these slight changes are enough though, and perhaps something a little more drastic is required to keep up. What adjustments are you chaps making at the moment? Is ‘Cambridge’ style Jinteki still a viable choice in the current landscape or are the higher ice density taxing builds more effective now?
It would be great to hear any thoughts.