Persephone

She can solve it

Hayley jacked out of her terminal and took a long swig from her water bottle. This run had been another close one, and she’d been forced to leave the Haas-Bioroid servers relatively unexplored.

“The destroyer types still prove challenging,” she muttered to herself taking notes as she spoke. “Maybe I need more constructs to hold the load?”

The back corner of the library where Hayley had set up her experimental rig was devoted to ancient Greek mythology. It seemed fitting, as she was testing out a new program for one of her contacts.

The Persephone killer was a puzzle. It seemed to have potential on par with access granters like Keyhole or certain run of the mill viruses, but it fed off of actively firing subroutines—the nastier the subroutine, the greater the payoff.

Whoever had designed this was probably some sort of Anarchist masochist.

Still, it was a puzzle. And Hayley would solve it. She just needed to put together the right mitigation rig. HB’s servers were pretty spiky these days. Maybe she’d try a Weyland server next. Jinteki might work too, but she’d have to offload a lot of the attacks to her interconnected BMI’s, and Hayley preferred to use that only in emergencies.

“If I looped my identity through some Rabbit Holes though…” Hayley mused, “I could probably run some tracer servers and have them spinning their subroutines in place while they try to find me.”

Might be a long week of testing.

Sub-optimal but also what we’ll have

Okay, so Keyhole and DLR are rotating out. That’s awesome. That’ll put the game back into the remote. Well, it would if Medium wasn’t a thing. I guess that means Cyberdex Virus Suite becomes a must-have in decks? Or else ambushes like Snare, News Team, and the rumoured Shock 2.0.

Either way, there will be fewer ways to mill the corp and land massive accesses all at once.

Enter Persephone. Something that feels like Keyhole but is slightly more flexible… with a much more biting downside.

On building this deck, I went through every piece of Sentry ICE to see what we could deal with. It’s not news to anyone of course, but Sentries usually break down into AP (Net and Brain damage), Destroyer (trash programs), and Tracer. So, we have to mitigate those subroutines.

Ramujan-reliant is a pretty cool way to have an answer to net and brain damage on a sliding scale. It also doesn’t cost us money like Net Shield or Feedback Filter.

To deal with Destroyers, we go for the good old stand-by of Sacrificial Construct, and Tracers get Rabbit Holes.

With so many types of Hardware, I decided to put it in a modified SpyCam Hayley build. Obviously not as good as that deck. But potentially more interesting once you get the puzzle together.

Hayley/Replicator/Bazaar gets your Ramujans and NetChips out super fast. Then your deck is crazy thin for you to find your programs quickly. Make money, make runs, and break subroutines when you want to, let the Sentry ones fire when you want to. With three Levys, you’ll be able to recur cards that get trashed from Ramujan and Persephone, and then hopefully you get some great Archives accesses!

Greek Studies Hayley (Persephone)

Hayley Kaplan: Universal Scholar

 

Event (9)

3x Diesel

3x Levy AR Lab Access

3x Quality Time

 

Hardware (20)

6x NetChip

2x Prepaid VoicePAD

3x Rabbit Hole

6x Ramujan-reliant 550 BMI  ●●●●● ●

3x Replicator

 

Resource (14)

3x Bazaar

3x Inside Man

2x Laguna Velasco District

3x Sacrificial Construct

3x Technical Writer

 

Icebreaker (4)

1x Gordian Blade

1x MKUltra  ●●

1x Paperclip  ●●●

1x Persephone  ●●●

 

Program (1)

1x Magnum Opus

 

14 influence spent (max 15, available 1)

48 cards (min 45)

Cards up to Terminal Directive

 

Deck built on https://netrunnerdb.com.

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