I’ve been looking at a few options as adam. The qualfier here is that nothing will ever be as good as Faust for Adam. The reason is that he starts with half a wyldside, and drugdealer is 1 inf. This 2-3, even 4 card draw engine makes faust positively insane for adam. With just a code gate breaker and low str sentry breaker, nothing can stop you if you have a piddence of cash and carefully used your cards. Adam took a huge hit with Faust, but even as much as I love Adam, it was worth it.
I’ve looked at alternative breaker strategies, and a few that fit are panchatantra and 1 shots + gingerbread. Coupled with injection attack this fits the bill on a lot of stuff, as long as you still slot 2x E3. I’m concerned with draw, as drug dealer doesn’t make a lot of sense without faust, and ABR eats up a lot of clicks if you’re ERH drawing. That said, ERH and CF seem like a natural combo, because daily casts is solid. This setup works because you get the MU as the game goes on.
I’ve also looked at more of a standard rig with some sucker support. This feels okay, especially since you can lean on stimhack abuse to keep econ strong, and make use of the increased hand size. The problem here is if you get pushed to use stimhack too early, you shut off your draw, and can potentially end up with 0 card handsize too early. Multithreader really needs a better way to be used, and a better way to get on the table. Right now in this setup Adam feels more like Nasir, where you want to spend your cash on stuff you might not need right now, just to spend it so you can start applying pressure…except Adam has to then find a way to make cash. This setup works in as much as regular breakers work in basically Anarch. Its okay when your draw is good, and miserable when its not.
Another option is Devas + panchantantra. The major issue here is the Devas themselves. They don’t cover basic needs like quandary, enigma and arhchitect, with just 1 panchatantra. With 2 you’re able to use Sadyojata as a pretty good killer that works on most ice essentially, but you’d have to spend 8 and 3 clicks, and 3 MU. And for all that you can break a limited ice combination. Multithreader makes the equation more palatable from an econ standpoint, but again adding more cards, more costs…seems not worth it. There needs to be a way to get multithreader going faster and better.
Also, draw packages are weird for Adam, and I think there is something missing on the Independant Thinking track Being able to slot directives to replace after trashing 1 or 2 with other cards to draw heavy seems like what the intention is, but there are so many limited useful install cards. If you play like apex where you’re installing a card just to draw with it later (like chopbot does for Apex), you’re not seeing value out of the card. You do get a replacement draw which is nice, but cards need solid effects for your time, and we don’t see enough low influence stuff that can be later used as IT fodder. I’ll leave armitage with 2 left on it, slot q-coherence chip and just trash it before trashing programs, etc, and its still just not enough, not enough value or draw. Hunting grounds and harbinger are some low inf options and at least HG has some value. This also causes me to have musings of Panchatantra + 1 shots + endless hunger for late game…maybe using prey for ice destruction to keep Pancha and 1 shotters relevant with ABR? Maybe add gingerbread for more long term?
I feel like Adam started heading in a bad direction and losing 2 inf off fausts put him in an even worse direction, but the MWL of breaking news and astro might make tagsunamni less prevalent, making Adam slightly better. Or we can try to find an economy and draw package that is less reliant on resources.
TL:DR: Hard times daddy for Adam.