Pardon the necro. Thought I’d share an update for this deck since it did well at the ChiLo City Grudge Match – top seed after six rounds with 62 players, at the top tables most of the day, one corp loss. And also since @spags and Damon Stone asked about the list/report.
Striving for Perfection v3.3
Jinteki Replicating Perfection
15 influence spent (max 15) •••••••••••••••
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to The Source
3x NAPD Contract
3x Nisei MK II
1x Philotic Entanglement
2x The Future Perfect
1x Daily Business Show •
3x Encryption Protocol •••
3x Jackson Howard •••
3x Mental Health Clinic
2x PAD Campaign
1x Ash 2X3ZB9CY ••
2x Caprice Nisei
2x Cerebral Static
2x Eli 1.0 ••
1x Wall of Thorns
Code Gate (6)
2x Lotus Field
1x Tollbooth ••
1x Architect ••
As you’ll see in this thread’s previous posts, I’ve debated before about Nisei MK IIs versus Fetal AIs because I liked earlier net damage versions of this. I’d been getting killed by Stealth Andys in the last month, though, and switched to Nisei MK IIs so I can rush scoring agendas in that match-up, since that archetype requires a few extra turns of setup time. Also, it’s a decent agenda I guess. :oP
I threw in some barriers for that match-up too (I previously tried to limited the amount of ICE I had that was easy to bounce off of). Other than that, the only notable additions are Excalibur and Daily Business Show, both of which are becoming standard for RP, if they aren’t already standard.
Anyway, here’s a report for the day if anyone cares about how it plays out at a typical tournament. My runner was Medium/Scrubber Andy, and she performed well all day too. Keep in mind that AstroScript Pilot Program was limited to one card per deck at this particular tournament, so there were few NBNs (only three players), and many people came tech’d to play against RP.
Round 1 vs Patrick (Overmind/Keyhole/Modded Kate)
I think Patrick was second place at last year’s Lousville regionals. Early Cerebral Static was a good and annoying extra tax. He caught me by surprise with a Keyhole, and I was Keyholed for six straight clicks, throwing 7 points of agendas in Archives. I tried to draw for a Jackson and a Caprice in vain, but I was able to hold him off for a turn with an Ash and double ICE on archives. I was able to Interns a Jackson, then install a Caprice on R&D. Scored out shortly after behind a Swordsman/Lotus Field server. Won 7-0.
Round 2 vs Rob (Logos/Indexing Leela)
Rob won Chicago’s regionals last year – thankfully I didn’t know this, as I would have been super intimidated and played cautiously if I knew beforehand. I got my econ setup quick, installing a Sundew behind a Lotus Field, then spammed multiple Mental Health Clinics, PAD Campaigns, and Encryption Protocols out before he could start trashing them. Played Cerebral Static right before I started scoring my 2-point agendas. I asked him afterward how his Leela has been performing, and he said it’d been completely kicking ass against decks not playing Cerebral Static. Won 7-0.
Round 3 vs Lucas / @Ravlin (Spinal Modem/Darwin Quetzal)
Lucas was severely slowed down digging for key pieces for our match-up, mainly Mimic (he saw my Swordsman while hitting R&D) and E3 Feedback Implants. His build relied on Spinal Modem and Darwin. I played Cerebral Static just to make him pay an extra two credits for the Elis. Everything was pretty expensive for him to run through, and he was getting single access most of the time, which opened a few scoring windows for me. I scored out in a very expensive secure server. Won 7-0.
Round 4 vs Peter / @FoilFlaws (Stealth Sucker Andy)
Peter plays in my meta (Cincinnati had a VERY strong showing in ChiLo’s top 8), and he knows my deck inside out. Plus a variation of this particular deck had been killing me lately, so this was going to be a real challenge for me, potentially my worst match-up.
A Philotic Entanglement score did a very lucky hit of one net damage to knock out his Yog (typically boosted with Personal Touches), leaving him with just a Passport for his codebreaker. I started scoring behind a Yagura-Lotus Field server he couldn’t get into. He almost won with a last turn access right when time was called, but he missed the Future Perfect psi game. I think I could have won this if I had one more turn before time was called, so I could score an installed Nisei MK II, as I had a Nisei counter saved up. Won 6-5.
Round 5 vs Grayson (Andy?)
My mind started turning to mush here, as I don’t recall Grayson’s runner, but I think it was a solid Andy with traditional breakers. I just know that the asset econ agenda got rolling, I scored two two-pointers quick, then I waited forever to find a three pointer to score, even with Jackson draws and Daily Business Show. John Masanori wrecked his econ (Security Testing/Kati) when he had to jack out of a fourth-click run. Won 7-2.
Round 6 vs Ethan (Stimshop Chaos Theory)
Ethan got a very nice rig up quick, thanks to Stimhacks and an Astrolabe for lots of draw. He also had a Magnum Opus he’d hit for tons of cash to threaten a scoring server. I built a really taxing, Caprice-protect R&D to fend off his 3 Interfaces, and managed to get to four points. Unfortunately those points were from NAPDs and not Nisei MK IIs, as I couldn’t draw them earlier. I install-advance-advanced a Future Perfect for the win since Ethan had almost no credits, but then he Legwork’d HQ, eating Tsurugi and Komainu Damage. I really wished I had Fetal AIs in my hand instead of those Nisei MK IIs I drew too late. Lost 4-7.
Top 8, Round 1 vs Ethan (Stimshop Chaos Theory)
This was a best two out of three round, where the top seed got to pick at the beginning who played corp/runner for the third round if there was a split. I made the mistake of opting to play my Andy versus his RP twice, since he just beat my RP, and I dismantled Ethan’s RP with my Andy in the previous round. I made the dumb mistake of not trusting my corp, and paid for it – seriously, my brain was fried. Someone must have played Cerebral Static on me.
Speaking of, Cerebral Static won my game against his Chaos Theory. Ethan got his Magnum Opus and full rig out quick, but then I played the Current to make him trash something – he chose his Corroder. I scored behind a server with Wall of Thorns and other junk before he could get his Astrolabe and recover the Corroder. Won 7-0.
I then proceeded to lose two very close games with my Andy against his RP. At one point, I accessed a game-winning NAPD with three credits. It was Minh-esque, though in my defense I didn’t have the extra click to credit up. Ethan piloted his RP very well, and was awesome to play against. His deck was very similar to Dan’s, down to the single Wraparound.
Thanks for reading all this! There’s not much for this deck in Order and Chaos, other than Cyberdex Virus Suite.