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Kevin Smit
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I took this deck to the Phily Regionals, and it did well for me, going 4-2 on the day. This is a Midseadon Replacements-based deck that focuses on getting maximum value out of Midseason. It has alternate paths to victory through either advancing a Beale for game or grinding down the runner with PSF until a Scorch is drawn guaranteeing the kill. Here's the list:

Phily Regionals 7-19-14 (AKA Bad News) (49 cards)

NBN: Making News

Agenda (10)
1 Market Research
3 NAPD Contract
3 Private Security Force
3 Project Beale

Asset (7)
1 Edge of World (2 inf)
3 Jackson Howard
3 Melange Mining Corp

Upgrade (2)
2 Bernice Mai

Operation (13)
3 Hedge Fund
3 Midseason Replacements
3 Psychographics
1 Scorched Earth (4 inf)
3 Sweeps Week

Barrier (9)
1 Bastion
2 Eli 1.0 (2 inf)
2 TMI
3 Wall of Static
1 Wraparound

Code Gate (2)
1 Datapike
1 Yagura (2 inf)

Sentry (6)
2 Caduceus (4 inf)
3 Data Raven
1 Swordsman (1 inf

This deck is unashamedly a Midseason deck. Everything revolves around getting an economic advantage and then landing a Midseason - Psychographics combo.

Agendas
The most noticeable thing is that Astroscript isn't part of the list. It doesn't make the cut as an agenda that works with the Midseason plan. Beale is an obvious choice to score multiple points (potentially game) with a single agenda. PFS is part of the alternate win condition. Once you Psychographics it, you grind the runner down with three meat damage on each of your turns until you draw Scorched Earth, at which point you can do 6 meat damage in one turn and win. NAPD Contract, while not the bet choice for Psychographics, can set up a Midseason when the runner steals it. Market Research is a poor man's Beale when the runner has a few tags, but it can contribute to wins, and running it over a pair of 1 point agendas helps to keep agenda density down. A viable alternative is either Gila Hands (to help with economy) or False Lead (to lock in the victory after a PSF score). Breaking News may be acceptable as a self-clearing agenda, or in combination with Closed Accounts.

Ice
The ice mix is geared towards obtaining a maximum differential between what you pay to rez a what the runner has to pay to break. Datapike makes the cut over Enigma because it results in a difference of -2 when facechecked (4 to rez, runner loses 2), over Enigma's -3 (3 to rez, runner pays 0). Caduceus is essentially free to rez under some circustances, or results in the runner losing as much or more in the initial exchange. Data Raven costs an extra click and 2 creds to remove a tag if run through. The barriers are necessary roadblocks. An early Melange can make your game, and the runner repeatedy spending creds to break through HG or R&D can set up Midseason as well. TMI has its moments, but is one of the weaker pieces of ice overall. Great when it works, but it won't often hep you come from behind. Yagura is there to stem early bleeding when you haven't drawn into Midseason yet. It's another negotiable piece of ice. Likewise, Swordsman is there to counter AI builds, and is strictly a meta choice.

Economy
I'm running with 3x Hedge Fund, 3x Sweeps Week, and 3x Melange Mining Corp. THe ops can certainly set you up for an early lead and increase your opening consistency noticeably. Melange is there for the blowout. If you can land it, your game becomes much easier.

Misc
Midseason and Psychographics are necessary parts of the Combo. Jackson Howard appears as a 3 of to filter agendas and draw into Mideason, agendas, or Psychographics as needed (or to drain 3 creds from the runner). Bernice Mai is there as a tax on the runner. Once they run her, they'll likely spend 3 to trash and 2 plus a click to remove a tag, netting you creds for 0. Bonus points if they can't/ don't trash her. The Edge of World is to draw out early trump cards from the runner (Inside Job, Test Run Femme, Tinkering, Etc.), and disguises as an Astroscript in the runner's mind. If hit at 2, your game becomes much easier. If hit at 3, your game is looking good indeed. I can see dropping some of the meta ice for a second one of these - I believe it would increase the chance of victory. There's a one of Scorhed Earth for the backup plan. most of the time you'll get your Midseason off first, Psychographics the PSF, then grind the runner down until you can draw into the Scorch for the win.

Strategy
An ideal opening hand contains op economy, Midseason, and ice. Sometimes you can get away with an early Melange, but don't count on it vs. most runners. ETR ice goes on HQ, taxing ice goes on R&D (Caduceus is a great candidate for R&D, as is Data Raven and Yagura). If there are no points in play, or one agenda (in hand or on the board), taking 3 is a perfectly acceptable turn.

Alterations
I miss Closed Accounts a bit. The deck certainly has some tag hate between PSF and Psychographics, so no one is going to really float tags against you, but Breaking News into Closed Accounts can really set a runner back, possibly opening scoring windows fr you if the runner has a good economy. As mentioned, a second Edge of World would be nice and could really set up PSF. Some of the ice could be changed around. Hunter is a possibility since it's so cheap to rez and costs the runner more to clear tags, then later to break. Shadow also works well, costing more to break later on while being somewhat more susceptible to Parasite. Eli has a strange role here. If the runner pays t break him at some point he does his job admirably, but if the runner consistently clicks through him he's not as good. This deck cares about discrete differences in credit totals in the sort term rather than theoretical advantages later.

Weaknesses
Some runner will just have more money than you, which is really the key to beating the deck. Shapers are usually the hardest matchup if they're running Magnum Opus or the Pre-Paid Voice Pad setup for economy. It's still possible to catch them early, or after they've spent money breaking ice, but if they're on to your game plan, that becomes increasingly difficult. My only losses at Philly were to Pre-Paid voice Pad Kate decks.

Well, the dream of an Astroscriptless NBN is a reality. The deck works, has flexible paths to victory, and is a bunch of fun to play. Hope you enjoy.
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Andrew
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Great writeup and kudos on an Astroscript-less deck!

Edit: You should add your deck to the Astroscript-less Challenge Geeklist!
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Michael Redston
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Why is it called Bad News if it doesn't have Bad Time?
 
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Lech Karol Pawłaszek
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Maybe because it uses only allowed cards since it's being played in tournaments?

I suppose that the deck will include Bad Times as soon as it will be possible.

And... seriously? Your only comment is about the name? It's a great deck!
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Manuel Galdames
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I played a similar deck with multiple ways of victory in last year's league, although without these unconventional ICE choices. Mad props for the Swordsman and EoW inclusion!

 
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C Spiekerman
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Wow, that does look like a fun deck to play.

Here are a couple ideas for possible inclusions:

Fast Track - seems like it would be very good in a deck hoping to score out via Psycho-Beale.
Aggressive Negotiation - again, though not as obviously good as Fast Track, for a deck hoping to score via Psychographics, you could install, psycho, aggressive negotiations. Say you pscore a PSF via clicks 1 and 2, you can pull your Scorch with aggneg on click 3. Could also use it as an alternate Fast Track to get the winning Beale in hand.

Maybe switch out -1 Edge, MMC, Bastion, +1 Fast Track, AggNeg, Eli ?
 
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Kevin Smit
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kroen wrote:
Why is it called Bad News if it doesn't have Bad Time?
I was going to call it "duck sauce" so it didn't get stuck with something ridiculous like "seasonal private scorch." Bad news seemed like a compromise.
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