My general apprehension with FA, clot and/or any other FA hate not withstanding, is finding a way to use your FA pieces in a meaningful way. Elaborate set-ups just to barely eek out a 3/2 is just a ghetto green astrobiotics, and not the direction I would take the deck.
I worry that SSCG is too rigid, as you don’t particularly want to run 3/1s, and it doesn’t work as well with Project Atlas as a Biotic Labor or Trick of Light. I also think that ToL and biotic are, at best, good for scoring 4/2s, as trying to get to 7 points using 2+ of your FA tools could be an issue. That leaves Psychographics.
Psychographics, unlocks using FA on 4/2s as well as potentially 5/3s, but mean probably getting out an initial Atlas to threaten the Midseason with. 13/17 influence for midseason+3x psychographics, with the option for a second midseasons if you eschew JHow (alternatively, a biotic labor is always nice for sneaky scorch plays or getting that first atlas out of hand. Tags threaten scorch death, and instal+psycho(score) even enables aggressive negotiations, though using fast tracks might be safer and more universally pliable. With all this search, it screams Hades Shard and/or some DBS to me. High risk Investment+Psycho+get all your money back seems pretty strong (with a second token to tap at the start of your next psycho).
2x high risk investment
3x project atlas
2x hostile takever
2x napd contracts
To me, this is screams a Weyland themed FA for a couple of reasons: it enables the super-duper mega Atlas, not as game winning as a 13-advanced Beale, but it turns on a bazillion options and paths to victory, while still fueling a leaner Atlas train while that is available. Being able to FA out a 5/3 AND turn a profit? Yes please. You can play your hostiles early, and your NAPDs are still online even with a stack of BP, even if its at a premium, the runner can’t ignore that you could potentially still score them.
You need to have a way to score agenads without Midseason, which forks into two questions: traditional scoring remote or no remotes? No remotes means Crisium Grid+Off the Grid, which does open up another potential FA tool in Mushin no Shin. A traditional remote can be used to hold a Root or other high value asset like melange mining corp. I lean towards a traditional server as you’re dependent on enough specific pieces as it is, and you’re also strapped for influence.
I might break the influence down something like:
2x psychographics *** ***
You probably don’t need it too early, and Jackson can recur them if 2 is not enough.
3x Jackson Howard ***
1x Midseason Replacements ****
2x Data Raven ** **
Lessens your dependence on Midseasons, and more useful than normal since you want 5x tags to best threaten your scores.
Does this deck fundementally need to be Titan Transnational:
hard to say, the 17 influence is certainly doing a lot of work here, as cutting down to 15 means making some pretty difficult decisions. The Second counter on High Risk Investment is clutch, and can score Atlases with 2 tags as opposed to needing 3 in other decks.
Mark Yale helps for some easy money, but without geothermals and firmwares to eat, I can’t say I’d play more than 2x, though the allure of having a buch of Atlas tokens and getting a buck each time I use them is not lost on me.
ICE: this is the trickiest part. Going cheap gives you a good chance of sneaking out an agenda or 2, and once Atlas is online, you can worry about random accesses less. That being said, keeping the runner poor for Midseasons means ICE that costs a bit to get through, and having cards ways to pressure the runner into running. I figure you probably play your gear checks plus a few constellation ICE and maybe a a taurus or 2? a good sprinkling of constellation ICE gives you some favorable vectors to invest your time/credits while you’re middling around looking for your pieces.