So. That ban/restricted list, huh? Assuming it’s true, it looks like Smoke might be one of the best Shapers (and maybe one of the best decks), since she’s not reliant on Opus for cash, so can afford to run one other card instead. I’m boring, and just chose a single Film Critic. Here’s the list I’ll be testing throughout the week.
Ele “Smoke” Scovak: Cynosure of the Net (Intervention)
15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)
40 cards (min 40)
Cards up to Revised Core Set
I’ve been a fan of Switchblade over Dagger for a long time now, because I hate spending real credits to break subs, and I hate Tour Guide, and I think that Gagarin might be fairly decent right now. Lady is off the MWL, assuming the MWL is being replaced, so that’s another breaker that I can use that in most cases breaks for no real credits. Refractor still needs some real credits to break, but you can’t beat that pump ratio and install cost. Atman is there because sometimes you just need a stop-gap, and I hate Dai V.
Clot + Sac Con is still good, and the Sac Cons also allow you to keep Tapwrm on the board, which gets boosted by the Peace money you give to the corp. This also quickly turns on Beth, and now you have money and clicks for days to get set up and contest Ash traces with. Tapwrm also is fantastic against Gagarin, as it allows you to creep up above their money before trashing it forever with Slums. Retrieval Run acts like a poor man’s Clone Chip, since I wanted a Film Critic to help win the Jinteki matchup. Mirror’s basically just there for the MU increase, although the ability is occasionally relevant.
So far it’s seemed pretty nifty. In a world where runner econ is on the low side, screw breaking with real money.