Your suggestions, criticisms and witty remarks are wanted!
Inspired by the fantastic decks posted this week I decided to try my hand at something new, and so I put together a Syndicate/Order of the Silver Twilight rush deck. I have absolutely zero experience with the Order, and while I've played the Syndicate some, I've never used them as in their exhaust/skill reduction capacity. Right now I'm feeling out of my depth, especially with the Order. I can see that their cards have a lot of synergy, but I'm just not sure how to capitalize on it.
One caveat: My deck does include a few CCG-era cards. Not many, but a few. I am willing to trade those out for white-border LCG cards if presented with better (or at least equally intriguing) options. I'm also willing to buy any cards I don't own, though I have just about everything available in the reprinted format, as well as x3 copies of the Core set and Secrets of Arkham cards.
Without further qualifiers, here's the deck:
RINSE n' REPEAT
x3 Fugitive (CCG)
x3 Young Initiate
x3 Lodge Barkeep
x3 Protector of Secrets
x3 Initiate of Huang Hun
x2 •Dirk Sharpe
x2 •Dr. Baker
x2 •Lord Jeffrey Farrington
x3 Low Blow
x3 Forcing the Truth
x3 Adoration of Maahes (CCG)
x3 Steal the Soul
x3 Hidden Agenda
x2 •The Oubliettes
x3 Dutch Courage
Total 50 (24 Syndicate/26 Order)
The CCG Cards:
Fugitive is a 2-cost, 2-steadfast Syndicate Criminal. He has CI, 2 skill, Willpower, and Action: remove Fugitive from a story it is committed to. Then, ready Fugitive.
Adoration of Maahes is a 2-cost ritual with Action: ready all exhausted Criminal characters.
The heart of the deck is investigation + Adoration of Maahes + Hidden Agenda. My goal is to go into the stories and get a few success tokens, then ready all of my Criminal characters with Adoration of Maahes (I have 17), add a second story phase with Hidden Agenda, and hit every story unopposed for 3 more success tokens in the same turn. If I'm lucky, I could win the game in one swoop. Otherwise, it could get ugly.
To help me achieve this, I have 18 characters with investigation. I also have some Willpower and the ability to give my Order characters Willpower with Young Initiate + The Initiate of Huang Hun.
To help slow down an opposing rush deck, or to keep first turn blockers with terror from hindering me too much, I threw in The Oubliettes and Protector of Secrets. All of my characters save the Anarchist have printed skill 2 or higher, so The Oubliettes shouldn't hurt me too much. Finally, the deck includes a few exhausting effects, such as Low Blow, Forcing the Truth, and Lodge Barkeep, but no Panic. Is that a mistake?
I wanted to include Panic, but I'm worried about resourcing. Hidden Agenda is a 4-cost loyal card which hurts. I'll need to build up to that as quickly as possible, so I don't think I'll have the time to dedicate many resources toward a big Panic attack. This is the main reason most of my characters are 2-cost, as well as my Event and Support cards. On the flip side, including Panic would give me an alternate method of sneaking into the stories unopposed.
I imagine my resources will be 4-3-2 at their highest (6 turns), with a 4 Order resources on 1 domain, a mix of 3 on another, and 2 Syndicate on the last. Is that too slow?
Here are my problem cards:
I'm not sure about Triggerman. His loyal-2 could hinder my delicate resourcing balance, but I'm worried about losing his investigation. I'm also unsure about Steal the Soul. It sounds neat, it's cheap, and it could sway the balance at a story, but would another Order Event or Support card fit my deck better?
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this, and as always, any feedback is welcome.