It’s a good time for all the minifactions. Someone in our local group turned me on to chop bot/spycam Apex builds recently and I’ve been having success with variations on this list:
Chop Cam Apex
Apex: Invasive Predator (Data and Destiny)
25 influence spent (max 25, available 0)
45 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Revised Core Set
Decklist published on NetrunnerDB.
This list gives you an econ & draw engine that’s about as good as any runner deck around, with chop bot + reaver simulating Wyldside while Wastelands are a build-your-own-Aesop’s that can trigger twice as often. Once rolling, the engine is powerful and Apex is loaded with potent hate cards too (e.g. Heartbeat, Hunting Grounds).
This is about as close to viable as Apex has ever been and I’m wondering if anyone has ideas on improving the build. The original lists I derived from had Cache which felt weak for the influence pip—I prefer Deuces so that you can overcome slow draws. Reducing setup speed is the primary issue but other than cutting influence for even more draw events I’m not sure what to do. Peace In Our Time doesn’t fit because early money is less of an issue than drawing all the engine’s pieces. SMC (to find the first Reaver) might not be bad but it’s Chop Bot & Wasteland(s) that are really the key pieces.