Always wanting to build unusual “rogue” decks, this time I’m attempting Replicating Perfection and I was hoping that some visitors of this forum/thread would give their valued input on what works and what doesn’t with this challenging ID. Below is my initial deck list which I hope to evolve.
Jinteki: Replicating Perfection
- 3 Dedicated Server
- 3 Marked Accounts •••
- 3 Melange Mining Corp
- 3 PAD Campaign
- 3 Private Contracts
- 3 Project Junebug
- 3 Snare!
- 3 Zaibatsu Loyalty
Code Gate (3)
24 assets is horizontal play, play out all your hand except for Snare! vs. Gabriel. Assets act as decoys and never rezzed until useful and as late as possible. Install Brain Trust or False Lead representing an asset then next turn advance it 3 to score. The other agendas have to be played as install and advance 2, just like a Junebug. Then advance all 2 advanced cards singly if Zaibatsu is down so that Junebugs are not given away by being kept at 2. After biting a few Junebugs and Fetal AI, the Priority Requisition will be left alone to help you rez your big ice.
There are only 15 ice, quite high end but all painful to leverage the identity. Enigma is quite a weak deterrent but I need some code gates and it denies another click without a decoder before accessing remotes. In ideal set up, you want Uroboros or Ichi at the front of each central as painful deterrent.
The Zaibatsu Loyalties are key as the unknown is your best weapon. They also protect against Snitch bypassing your identity pain. Any installed beyond the first act as decoys and once accessed and not trashed, the rezzed version can be trashed to save a credit in an emergency.
I appreciate the deck is very vulnerable to Whizzard/Scrubber decks while Imp is also troublesome though thankfully limited to once per turn (most remote accesses will be one big turn of runs).
Deck building decisions are best explained by addressing cards that have been omitted.
Hedge Fund – asset income is far better here as they serve as decoys for 3-advance agendas.
Nisei MkII - this is for a vertical build with a deep remote server; it works less well horizontal and Fetal AI is a better deterrent, more synergetic with the install advance 2 strategy, threatening winning games with Snare from any R&D Medium or Maker's Eye run; if you have a spare agenda point, False Lead is more synegetic with this identity to protect accessing the agenda that next turn is scored for a win.
Akitaro Watanabe – this economy upgrade is easily guessed and Dedicated Server is more flexible for horizontal (Akitaro is for deep vertical). He is also unique.
Chimera – yes this combos well with Akitaro and Dedicated Server, but it inflicts no pain and every ice needs to inflict pain, and almost all the ice is placed in central to make accessing centrals painful; also any good player will thrash the Dedicated Servers so constantly rezzing it to deny central access is a waste of precious credits. Chimera is not for the long game and this deck plays a long game.
Hourglass – while very synergetic with the identity, unlike Uroboros, it does nothing to protect the server itself as there are no tag punishment cards
Janus – this is the ideal front end ice but is a challenge to rez without Priority Requisition and further increases the vulnerability to Criminal derez effects. It also means exchanging it for Ichi and Marked Accounts or adding it and Viper for the out-of-faction ice (having both Ichi and Janus or Uroboros and Viper is not good due to vulnerability to E3 Feedback Implants or Compromised Employee / Link respectively). In the end, Uroboros, Ichi and Marked Accounts seemed the best spend of influence.
Encryption Protocol - Imp is more common that Whizzard/Scrubber and an Imp treats all assets equally, also costs precious influence
I will be testing this deck on Friday but was hoping to incorporate viewers' experiences with this (arguably) most challenging of identities. So does anyone have feedback? Please?