So I played this deck at our weekly meetup today:
Spy the Oracle w/o B&E
Armand “Geist” Walker: Tech Lord (The Underway)
15 influence spent (max 15)
46 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Democracy and Dogma
Deck built on NetrunnerDB.
Employee Strike is good, probably not great. As this is intended as a tryhardy tournamenty deck, I included it to slow down NEH and do work against IG. Nobody in my local meta played either, so I don’t know how useful it will be. Recurring it with Same Old Thing hurts and feels bad.
Spy Camera + Oracle May is not as janky as I thought, although you can get in the habit of drawing only one card per turn (manually, that is), which I think is too slow. Spy Cameras also make you basically immune to Scorch.
The hostages really are allstars here, I used it for The Source, Oracle and Film Critic and it won me the game in every case.
The Tech Writers are Sure Gambles now. Sure, they make money when you are set up, with all your Spy Cameras and Tech Traders…but at that point, you’re making so much money it doesn’t matter anyway. The setup cost of this deck is click intensive rather than credit intensive, so you can easily play Sure Gamble in the first few turns if you draw into it.
The Crescentuses have one big problem in this deck: They suck if you can’t find your breaker. The draw speed is probably not quite fast enough to ensure you can fire your Crescentuses when it hurts (earlygame). It also does nothing against the asset spam decks. They should probably be inside jobs, which would also synergise with RDI / PolOp.
I don’t know if Forger or Reflection is better here, I think as long as Turning Wheel isn’t here, I’ll stick with Forger. That said, it’s not as good as it was in the old Aggro Geist days, where you would land lots of Siphons. It definitely needs further testing though.
I initially had a third PolOp in there. I honestly think three is overkill, although that might need further testing.
So yeah, it’s a fun deck that I’ll keep playing. It’s a lot easier to play than the Garbage Man archetype, which I found very taxing. If a card comes out that lets you drop multiple Spy Cams at once, that might be a great include too.
Shoutout to untitled (I think?) for the Source+FC idea. It feels much better than a single CC.
Edit: The great thing about this deck is the mindgames. You think they have a Jackson unrezzed? Use Spy Cam and run R&D (only applies if cheap, obv). They have an Atlas token? Use Spy Cam and run R&D. It feels so good, and it’s hilarious if they actually don’t have a Jackson.