I could use some help from some other Smoke players on ways to improve my list.
I really love Smoke and Shaper stealth in general. However, I’m struggling lately with this list, as I think it’s generally solid but I often find myself feeling spread so thin against a variety of decks.
Ele “Smoke” Scovak: Cynosure of the Net
1x "Freedom Through Equality"
3x Cold Read
3x Lucky Find ●●●●● ●
3x Sure Gamble
3x The Maker’s Eye
2x Clone Chip ★★
1x Net-Ready Eyes
1x Plascrete Carapace
1x Film Critic
1x Hunting Grounds ●
3x Net Mercur
3x Temüjin Contract ●●●●● ●
3x Self-modifying Code
13 influence spent (max 15-2★=13, available 0)
40 cards (min 40)
Cards up to Martial Law
Some specific thoughts and questions…
Cold Read: I love it in theory but have found it lacking in practice. Meant to be used for trashing assets, finding breakers with SMC, or a Hail Mary run late game. Feels too limiting. Used to be Dirty Laundry, thinking of switching back.
Lucky Find: I wanted more burst economy to support Temujin, but not sure this card is my most efficient use of influence.
Maker’s Eye: Might swap out 1 for R&DI. Better with Indexing but not sure what to drop for it?
Hunting Grounds: Meant primarily for Data Raven and Tollbooth; also helps against Komainu, Thoth, Pop-Up Window, and Turnpike.
Breakers: Really digging this suite. With NRE, Blackstone is actually really sweet and I like that he keeps his strength for the run. Dagger has been doing fine for me, especially with NRE.
Misdirection: Great for the HHN plan or clearing tags on my turn, such as by taking multiple tags by running and then clearing. Works great on Midseasons when they don’t immediately follow up with Scorched or BOOM!, but no proactive tag prevention.
I played a few games against an Argus BOOM! deck last night and just couldn’t keep tags off, because as soon as I cleared some with Misdirection from Midseasons he just used HHN. Couldn’t find Film Critic reliably but it helped when I could.
I just don’t know how to make Weyland and NBN better matchups. I like a lot of these cards and combos, and maybe I’m just struggling because I’m rusty and haven’t gotten many games under my belt across deck archetypes in the past few weeks, but I’m not sure how else to improve this list. Any ideas?