Checkpoint is a weird card, and I'm glad it exists - because Code Gates, IMHO, should require you to twist your brain to use/defeat them effectively.

Clearly 4 for a strength 7 code gate is great value, and on the face of it, trace 5 seems pretty strong - and how often can a runner sustain 3 meat damage? I've Had Worse and Plascrete Carapace not withstanding.

The thing is - I would say that Weyland does not trace well. SEA Source works fine in Weyland because it's a one-off trace that usually leads to a flatline, and if there's one thing that Weyland does do well it's having a boat load of disposable - but Checkpoint is not usually a one-off end-game trace, it's a subroutine trace that may well fire repeatedly. Spend too much money tracing, and the runner can simply jackout and run again - slowly draining the corporation coffers.

The other thing that Weyland does well, of course is Bad Publicity - giving the runner free credits to spend to help evade the trace. Suddenly the trace 5 looks more like a trace 4, and if you're also playing with Hostile Takeover (and why wouldn't you?) - well, it doesn't take a huge amount of to render Checkpoint pretty tame.

So what is Checkpoint good for?

In Weyland, you might find a way to use it in front of a remote as part of a kill combo. Stick it in front of a fully advanced Posted Bounty or Vulcan Coverup and maybe you can jack the trace up so high as to force the runner into a situation where they are damned if they steal the agenda and damned if they don't.

Checkpoint could make for an interesting splash in protecting Jinteki: Replicating Perfection remotes - synergising with Excalibur and Enhanced Login Protocol. When each is a precious commodity, jacking out to re-run doesn't always seem like such a good option.

For protecting centrals, splashing Checkpoint into NBN: Making News with ChiLo City Grid works really well - but if you're playing NBN you already have access to Gutenberg so Checkpoint is probably overkill (and if you're that determined to tag the runner you probably want to save the influence for Scorched Earth and Traffic Accident).

(I cannot think of a single example in HB when you would want to splash this card - but I would love to hear some.)

@MrWeasely has already mentioned the synergy with The Cleaners - if you are playing wide (Gagarin Deep Space: Expanding the Horizon kill deck new meta?) then Dedicated Response Team is probably also a good idea. Maybe in the server protected by Checkpoint (trollolololol)

When is trace not a trace? Answer: when the runner can't afford it. Weyland has some cool tools to tax economy, like Gagarin Deep Space, Contract Killers, some nifty sentry tracers. This is a way to go with Checkpoint - if they can't break it or beat it, you beat them. Hard. —

Consistency is, arguably, the most important thing in any competitive deck, and for me this is what makes Silhouette's 40 card deck minimum so attractive. At the time of writing, the only Runner with the same out of the box consistency is Chaos Theory: W√ľnderkind, and +1 isn't as much fun as peeking at an unrezzed piece of ICE before you face-check a remote.

Time for a bit of maths. Pick a card, any card that you consider a must-have card to get your deck going - Magnum Opus drives my economy, so I'll use that as an example, but it could be anything. My ideal first turn might be to drop Magnum Opus #1, and then for 6 . If I put 2 x Magnum Opus in the deck, that's a 1/20 chance of drawing it first card, with increasing odds as I draw more cards and the deck gets smaller. With a 5 card starting hand, that's better than 1/4 odds of Magnum Opus being in my opening hand, and me playing my perfect first turn. The option to mulligan increases those odds to (roughly) 1/2, meaning that every other game my opening turn could be exactly the same.

For those games when you don't beat the odds, a 40 card deck isn't too difficult to dig through - Quality Time is a cheap splash, but it encourages you to overdraw, and the last thing you want to be doing with such a small deck is discarding cards. For that reason, I prefer Earthrise Hotel - the drip style draw gives you more time to get cards out of your grip and onto the table.

It's probably not a good idea to over rely on a single card for your economy, but you get the idea - out of the box (and ignoring cards like Paige Piper) a 40 card deck is significantly more reliable than a 45 card alternative.

Silhouette's actual ID ability lends itself towards a cautious approach, and has excellent synergy with Security Testing, Feint, and Quest Completed. Just like when facing against other Criminal's, the Corp is likely to ICE up HQ pretty strong, so the central focused breakers (Breach, Alias, Passport) are worth considering.

As I mentioned, discarding cards isn't something you really want to do with Silhouette - so caution is key. There isn't a lot of room for recursion, and you are probably only going to play with 2 copies of any given card, so even the smallest amount of net or meat damage can ruin your day. Install critical software and hardware as soon as you draw it - these cards are much harder to trash once they are on the table. Also, consider Film Critic for disarming Jinteki: Personal Evolution and Argus Security: Protection Guaranteed, and, of course, Plascrete Carapace for surviving Scorched Earth.

Hard counters are mostly Jinteki, and include Psychic Field, It's a Trap!, Underway Grid and Zaibatsu Loyalty.

Honestly, if you're playing Silhouette for the 40-card deck you're better off running Andromeda. 45 card deck + 9 card starting hand is generally more consistent than 40 card deck + 5 card starting hand. So you need to make the most of that ability in order to make the most of this ID. —

More broken than is immediately obvious. Let's you float tags and keep your resources in tact.

Get 2 in play before you are tagged, and force the Corp to spend 2 , 10 to clear them. Combo with even a single Fall Guy and now it's 3 , 16 .

Float tags like you really don't care, using Paparazzi to survive Scorched Earth. Then float more tags, because you really don't care: essentially ignoring the drawbacks of Account Siphon, John Masanori, Vamp, Code Siphon and Security Nexus.

Can create a window for firing Activist Support, and let's you use Joshua B. turn after turn after turn...

Freelancer is the obvious hard counter, but there is also #The All-Seeing I, and Corporate Town

Either I'm missing something or your math is terribly wrong. With 2 Wireless Net Pavilion installed, trashing a ressource costs 1 Click + 6 Credits. And this + Paparazzi really doesn't sound like it'd be a safe way to prevent a double Schorched. 3 Clicks + 12 Credits is an expensive way to win the game, but if it's gonna give me the win, I'll find a way to pay it. —
Ah! I see it now. Still wouldn't see it as more than a (rather big) tempo loss for the corp, and considering the arrival of Corporate Town in the meta, I wouldn't exactly rely on this. —
01.01.2016 —
01.01.2016 wireless net pavilion become unique —
whew, thank god it is unique now —
Did they add that it's unique now or was it supposed to be like that all along? —
I think it was converted to unique after seeing how powerful it was to stack them. The flavour text of the card notes more than one pavilion at the expo. Glad it's unique. —
Yeah, but logically it's hard to be in more then one net pavilion at once. It was play tested as unique and changed late in the process (according to Damon in his interview on The Winning Agenda podcast). —