It’s totally explicit. The Runner must make not one, but several choices, that exposes them to Skorpios. Like SEA Source/Scorched it’s not something Skorpios can do without the Runner allowing that risk.
I think that losing because you took a series of bad choices is deserved, at least on a strategic level.
Standoff should not trash any of your cards, simply decline to trash. Similarly, only one Hunter Seeker can be played per turn regardless of whether it’s brought back or not.
Batty is a good bet, though keep in mind the Skorp player is paying a lot of influence for it, it’s unreliable, only covers one server and requires a destroyer to work.
Underway is kind of dumb, but it’s unreliable, expensive and does not affect installed cards or cards in the Grip. If you tutor them up Underway won’t take them away. So it’s not really likely to lose everything if you play it right. You should not lose 2 breakers to anything that is not Hunter Seeker.
Here’s the thing, first, there’s a lot of common, good cards that let you gain an edge against Skorpios:
- Film Critic
- Freedom through Equality/Mad Dash
- Employee Strike
- Kim, Adam, Geist+ B&E suite
- Legwork, Indexing and other multi-access cards
- Sneakdoor Beta
- Femme Fatale, Inside Job, Security Nexus
- Political Operative (if you fear Batty)
- Sacrificial Construct
Notably, you can combine them. For example, when the Corp advances an agenda you can Mad Dash, Legwork, and then run R&D. That’s a winning turn right there that works against all Corporations and Skorpio can’t do anything against it.
That said, there’s a Jinteki-related issue that ought to be mentioned here.
On Jinteki, people play stupid decks that lose a vast majority of the time but that can sometimes give them “free wins”. If they win, that’s great, a free win! And if not, they just ragequit and move on to the next opponent.
Skorpio, being what it is, is often designed like that but it’s not the only example. Remember all those Turn 1 Door to Door NBN: Making News decks or those megamoney decks that can’t beat anything but the slowest Glaciers? Same principle.
It’s one of the reasons why I don’t like playing on Jinteki much.