Good Day Sirs/Madames,
Many of us are looking forward to the last big tournament of the year, and I am organizing my own thoughts and looking to see how my fellow stimhackers are thinking about this subject.
I am assuming that order n' chaos will NOT be in play, despite ffgs words to the contrary. FFG has an unblemished track record of promising the deluxe box 2 months before it actually arrives.
But having the full lunar cycle is certainly likely - what corps and runners do you think will be worth putting together and testing for the top tier? Here are my own opinions in no particular order:
Tier the First
HubBL - near earth hub biotic labor
Andromeda good stuff
They have the best winrates and show no signs of stopping. Wider use of chronos project and possibly dockland crackdown represent useful hate that works equally well against shapers and anarchs.
probably tier 1 from cache, I haven't seen much from him that blows my mind yet, but there is plenty of room for a killer deck design to emerge I think.
This deck represents the best glacier deck in the metagame right now, but I think HB glacier is still tier 1 and architect will probably help it, this is one of the ones that is metagame dependent and I am not sure how it is going to shake out.
Personally, I am interested in playing glacier at worlds, so what rises to the top is kind of dependent on how the runners shake out...
Right now runners are geared to parasite weak ice, and datasuck everything else (more or less), femme fatales appear as 1 ofs in basically everything, and the only thing they don't have any control over is the number of subroutines on an ICE...
This is RP's defining feature, the runner has his supply of parasites pressured, and datasucker counters are meaningless because no amount of datasuckers will remove that 1c:1sub exchange on almost every breaker. This deck needs to go heavy on ICE to keep parasites from exposing centrals to heavy punishment.
Right now, Atman runs a train on basically everything, but are we on the precipice of the switchbladepocalypse?
Potentially multiple faeries every turn for free seems horrifying to me. I was fine with the dagger decks we saw a little bit of because it was a little slow and still going 1:1 on subroutines, but this stilleto bullshit really grinds my gears.
A rig of morningstar switchblade and yog taxes the corp more to install than it taxes the runner to get into.
The threat of will-o-wisp to them is real though, WoW is pretty expensive to use, but opens windows if you can afford. You can play around it, but it's basically as inconvenient as getting hit by it so it will depend on deck construction a bit (Crypsis is self-trashing, so that is a point in it's favor).
Maybe I am missing the mark completely and a trashable program + medium rig will be a force to be reckoned with?
It's clear that pre-O&C the rig is all that matters.
Corp side seems fine. Corps are dealing with siphon, corps are dealing with parasite and sucker in whatever ways they know how. I think the main way is just flatlining people who try to be cute with their runner decks.
Dealing with stealth is a huge pain in the ass though, do you just build your servers 4-6 ice deep now? Or do you just play NBN and go faster than them no matter what they try to do?
Corps need to have plans for parasite, plans for atman, and they need the ability to pounce on weak runners and score if the runner goes non-interactive on you.
I leave finding the best way to wrap that package to you all.
Dishonorable mentions for things that I think will not be things: