Someone help me put this to rest. So I’ve spent a few days trying to figure out a 7-point Power Shutdown combo that minimizes dead draws, coming up with the following pile. Unfortunately, it’s still awful and uses about 4 influence too much with MWL by my reckoning. The list itself is pretty insubstantial atm; a pile of economy and token defenses/anti-clot tech. The important bits are:
3 Astroscript Pilot Program
1 SanSan City Grid
1 Team Sponsorship
3 Jackson Howard
1 Biotic Labor
3 Accelerated Diagnostics
1 Reclamation Order
1 Power Shutdown
1 Shipment from SanSan
(1 Subliminal Messaging)
Assuming no prior assets installed, with Accelerated Diagnostics on hand (using JH to stack the empty library, naturally):
AD -> Interns (Jackson Howard), Reclamation Order (Accelerated Diagnostics), Biotic Labor (+)
****AD -> Interns (Jackson Howard), Interns (SanSan City Grid), Biotic Labor (+)
*****AD -> Interns (Team Sponsorship), Interns (Astroscript Pilot Program), Shipment from SanSan
Score Astroscript, Team Sponsorship another Astroscript on SanSan
Score Astroscript, TS the third one on SanSan
Use both Astroscript counters to score final 'script, TS whatever 2/1 on SanSan
Use final Astrocounter, count to 7, win.
Subliminal Messaging and Reuse obviously aren’t used in the combo proper, but helps cut corners if I end up with Interns/assets on hand (SM can install a single asset from hand at a premium by replacing interns in the main sequence, Reuse can trash combo pieces stranded in my hand under specific circumstances (preinstalled Jackson etc)). I guess Disposable HQ can replace reuse somewhat in caseI want that lone influence. Shipment from Mirrormorph would likely be better but the main combo parts already eats up 16 influence.
…Which brings me to my main gripe; having no way to reliably see Power Shutdown soon enough due to it being a 1-of for influence reasons (well, that and needing 22 credits and 3 specific cards on hand to combo out cold, but I digress). The Future is Now and Lily Lockwell are the only ways I can think of offhand to tutor for it, and if I can already tag the runner or score 1/3’s, why do I need a bigass combo finish? This is a shame, since with the exception of reclamation order and the diagnostics the other involved cards are pretty useful in their own right and plays into the standard astrotrain/bullshit NBN plan. Can anyone think of a way to save influence? Repeal the MWL? I’ve already spent enough time overthinking this. Halp?