This week on Deck Diving we’ll be looking at a particularly lethal Jinteki deck. Make no mistake, this deck wants to kill the Runner. Most of the deck is geared toward setting that up, including the small agendas (which thanks to the identity do some damage.)
On to the deck!
Jinteki: Personal Evolution (Core)
Total Cards: (49)
Agenda (12) Small Agendas, so you can quickly score for a damage or if the Runner steals they need a lot to win – hopefully flatlining first.
Private Security Force (Core #107) x3 There are enough tags in deck that this can kill the Runner if scored. Spend your turn, do three damage. Repeat ’till Runner dead.
Nisei MK II (Core #68) x2
Gila Hands Arcology (Creation and Control #23) x2
Fetal AI (Trace Amount #32) x3
False Lead (A Study in Static #80) x2
Thomas Haas (Creation and Control #12) x3 ■ Still my favorite trap.
Snare! (Core #70) x3 Does damage. Adds a tag. Ball of Fun.
Ronin (Future Proof #112) x2 Sitting for a while with a few counters leads the Runner to assume it’s Junebug. Then, when they end turn with too few cards in hand, teach them the failure of their arrogance.
Project Junebug (Core #69) x2
Private Contracts (Cyber Exodus #59) x2 ‘Cause every deck needs some money.
Melange Mining Corp (Core #108) x2
Archer (Core #101) x1 ■■ Just a fun surprise. Archie can ruin Runner’s days when unexpected. And it’s not like you care about the Agendas.
Data Raven (Core #88) x1 ■■ There are a couple of these taggers, to activate the Scorched Earth. Data Raven is the best, but there’s only so much influence to go around.
Wall of Thorns (Core #78) x2
Wall of Static (Core #113) x3
Neural Katana (Core #77) x3
Hunter (Core #112) x2
Himitsu-Bako (Opening Moves #13) x3
Draco (What Lies Ahead #20) x2
Chum (Core #75) x2
Scorched Earth (Core #99) x2 ■■■■ The killer. Unprepared Runners will have no qualms taking your tags either, letting you kill easily. Even a prepared Runner can lose to it: I had one game where I (foolishly) last action Ran, hit a Snare off the top of R&D and then got Scorched, thus losing despite 6 cards in hand before the Run.
Hedge Fund (Core #110) x2
There’s the deck. As you can see, there’s a lot of room for tailoring. As I often do with these decks I opt for 3 2 ofs rather than 2 3 ofs to let the player make it how they best see fit while presenting you with multiple options. Depending on your play style you might switch the Data Raven for another Archer, or vice versa.