I’ve been reading the Stimhack forums since I got into A:NR at the beginning of the SanSan Cycle, but have only just now made an account. A large part of the impetus for the decision is that I’ve only recently started to take a more serious approach to the competitive scene. Historically, I’ve been far more interested in brewing off-beat decks because–gosh darnit–I’m a special snowflake. I’m trying to find a middle ground. To that end, I’ve somewhat rejected Whizzard and Sifr. Does that actively hinder my competitive capabilities? Probably. But it also keeps me from getting bored with this beautiful, beautiful game.
Onto the topic at hand: I’ve been running a somewhat standard Obelus-Account Siphon-En Passant-Blackmail-DDoS Val as my main runner, though I’m still trying to make a non-Dyper Haley work, and–wouldn’t you know it?–I’ve been getting stomped on by EtF. In the Sifr meta it seems that many corps have eschewed ICE, but EtF players seem to have doubled down on ICE. It feels like they’re all running 18 ICE with x3 Friends in High Places, but the average is probably closer to 16 ICE and x3 FiHP. I can accept that it’s a bad match-up, but I also think that I’ve been using suboptimal tactics when playing it. Does anyone have any advice?