Gheeraffes (BC Regionals 2nd Place)

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If you've listened to Terminal7, you know I love me some Jinteki. And despite, or perhaps because of, prevailing wisdom that HB Moonspam is the best deck right now, I went with good ol' Pālanā. Not based on anything in particular, just reminiscent of Pālanā decks I've enjoyed in the past. It makes so much money, is pretty resilient against most folks, Caprice is good again with Rumour Mill on the MWL tier 3 and Nisei MK II is good always.

Took this to the BC Regionals in Vancouver on 27/5/17 and it only lost two games the whole day. I'll put the deck writeup here and then the tourney thoughts in the comments

This is kinda glacier, kinda rush. Your ICE is taxing or mean, you can almost always score a Nisei MK II in there somewhere and once you do, you're in real good shape. You only ever had one remote, defend R&D and HQ as needed and then you slam good agendas into that remote until you win.


What is this madness?? Partially this is to play against what people expect from Pālanā. From the old RP glacier days of 3x Nisei, 3x NAPD, 3x Future Perfect, people expect the agenda scoring to be a Nisei or Corporate Sales team, another one of those and then a GFI or Future Perfect for 7. So we use those assumptions against them!

Braintrust and Philotic Entanglement give you a pair of facedown cards you can turn into two points on your next turn. If you put a card facedown in your remote, most players won't check it, assuming it's just a Batty/Caprice or Jackson/Agroplex. When you turn this into two points on the next turn and still have your scored Nisei counter left, that's real good. These aren't any worse to lose out of R&D/HQ than Corporate Sales Team is and you usually have so much money, you don't need the CST creds.

Clone Retirement is the other sassy agenda. It lets you score one point out of hand, which won me the loser's bracket finals at the regional. It does suck to lose this out of R&D more, but there's just one and if you have scored two Niseis and a Philotic or Braintrust, not needing to have to score another 4/2 or 5/3 is huge. Scoring it out of hand wipes Rumour Mill too.

The pairing of two Global Food Initiative and one The Future Perfect means unless the Runner gets that only Future Perfect, they'll need to score four of your agendas to win, which is very nice.

Nisei MK II is the best agenda in the game now that Astroscript is unique. You want 'em.


Pālanā Agroplex is great, you want to see it early and often. It gives you money and cards and you want both, to make sure you can stay on top of your opponent in terms of tempo and money. Yes, you're also giving your opponent a card, but so much of the Runner econ is click intensive now (making Temujin runs, clicking Liberated, etc) that it's not the worst to keep feeding them cards. The key with Agroplex though is to put it in your remote. Having it ticking away on the turn your score an agenda and the turn after when you're recovering can be real bad, filling up HQ with agendas you can't score yet.

Jackson Howard because sure.


Caprice Nisei and Marcus Batty because they're real good. With Friends, you can get away with just 2x Caprice, but I could certainly see going up to 3x potentially.

Crisium Grid because Siphon/Vamp can be real bad and Deep Data Mining/Indexing are also bad. Or just to make Temujin runs on the Archives a lot less profitable.


Celebrity Gift, Hedge Fund and IPO for dollars. I think that mix is right and I like IPO more than Restructure, since even if you don't get any other econ on your first turn, you can get into IPO range by turn two as long as you don't have to rez anything.

Fast Track this card in incredible. With this deck, you definitely need to know when your scoring windows are and you also really want to score a Nisei Mk II. Fast Track Nisei + install + advance is glorious. If the Runner just went nearly broke getting setup, do it even if you only have a remote with 1 ETR (as long as they're not a Criminal) even if you don't have Caprice or Batty. If you just managed to score a Nisei Mk II, grab another next turn and do it again. If you're at 6 points and you really want to be a sassmaster (and you're confident HQ is secure), Fast Track a Clone Retirement. Fast Track a Philotic or Braintrust, install Agroplex/Jackson/upgrade in the remote and bait a run to open a scoring window. Fast Track is flexible and so good.

Friends in High Places because getting Caprice/Batty/Crisium back is very nice. This is mostly when I think you can go down to 2x Caprice/Batty and be okay.

Voter Intimidation actually didn't do a lot of work for me on the day. If your meta has lots of Smoke, using this to nuke Net Mercur is really good, but otherwise most of the high impact resources get a lot of their value the turn they are installed (e.g. Temujin). It's okay to blow up a DLR if you're against that crazy Andromeda deck, but I'd swap this for a Scarcity of Resources if I could do things over.


Eli 1.0 and Seidr Adaptive Barrier and good and taxing and ETR (sorta, in Eli's case). Seidr keeps getting better and even if it's been Parasited, you can keep it around for one turn longer than the Runner expects (and maybe give you a purge window) by just putting another ICE on that server. Of these two, I'd honestly keep Seidr over Eli. I always feel a little bad trying to score behind just an Eli with no upgrades since the Runner will get in if they run click 1 or 2.

Chiyashi is expensive but you can pay for it (usually) and when it lands, it's very mean. If you're lucky, it can setup a kill with Batty or Philotic next turn if you're really lucky.

DNA Tracker because it's so mean and so taxing. It's expensive to rez but I had at least one scoring remote on the day that was just two DNA Trackers and an upgrade.

Macrophage keeps R&D safe-ish from Medium digs.

Mind Game great strength to rez, since it's free, but I would actually swap this out. If it's the only ICE you get in your opening hand, it actually is pretty worthless and can even keep costing you creds to keep you safe. Nisei Division can get away with that but I kinda wanged me once on the day. I would (and have) make this a Lotus Field instead.

Cobra snek does damage and trashes programs, both of which are great with Batty. It can't end a run on its own though, hence the two Rototurret. Yes, it can instantly die to Parasite, since since there's little runtime Parasite install out there right now, I like it. And unlike Cobra, it doesn't have to be placed positionally to be viable for scoring.

Cortex Lock lock is still super mean to faceplant early, can be an instant game over with Batty depending on their free MU and its super cheap to rez, meaning you can save for your big ICE on your remote in the early game.

Excalibur because with this and a Nisei token, you're scoring another Nisei unless they have an AI breaker. Putting this on Archives early also makes Temujin sad, on R&D it can slow down Medium digs and you can install over it and then Friends it onto your remote once you do have a Nisei token available. It's real good.

So yeah, that's the show! You still get owned pretty hard by Rumour Mill, but I think this setup has a few more options even against RM. As noted above, what I'd change is:

-1 Mind Game, +1 Lotus Field -1 Voter Intimidation, +1 Scarcity of Resources

If you really wanted to mix things up further, maybe lose 2x Eli or 1x Eli/1x Seidr and get a Tollbooth and 2x Bastion (probably?) instead. I wouldn't muck with the agendas without including a "Clones are not People", because I think a big part of this deck's strength is having a scoring plan that isn't 4/2 -> 4/2 -> 5/3.

With anyone teching hard to beat Moonspam right now, I think Pālanā is in a great place. Thanks for reading and very happy to hear people's thoughts, tweaks, etc!


29 May 2017 Nelsormensch

Okay, for the event itself.

R1: vs Trung's Whizzard

Trung was on a Frantic Vamp Whizzard w/ Magnum Opus and Femme reinstallations. Even given the MO, I was able to stay above him on money though. I didn't quite protect R&D enough and even though he Femmed a Macrophage and had to pay 4 to bypass it, with Temujin, it was enough for a few R&D digs. On the turn before I would have won, he got to see 4 cards from R&D and his winning agenda was the 4th card down.

R2: vs Jeremiah's Smoke

He hit a Cortex Lock early, which knocked out both a Refractor and a Dagger. He eventually was able to reinstall them, but I was too far ahead by then.

R3: vs Jesse's Ken Tenma

Man oh man, playing against Jesse's Tenma is such a blast. He had Eater plus central-only breakers. A lot of good back and forth, but even though I have a Nisei token, I don't bother to stop his Feint into HQ after an R&D run. He then drops an Apocalypse, which is just too beautiful and wipes the board. I had an Excalibur in hand though, so I was able to drop than and use it + the Nisei token to score the last two points.

R4: vs Evan's Whizzard

Whizzard matchup again, but the more standard Temujin/Maw/Hacktavist one. With only one remote and being mindful about when I rezzed upgrades, I was able to making the servers taxing enough that Nisei tokens carried me away for the win.

R5: ID vs. Peter

The tournament didn't have any real breaks and since everyone at the top 3 tables, including me and Peter, had 18 points, we felt comfortable taking an ID break for food. Peter goes into the top 8 as 4th seed, I go in at 6th.

Elim 1: vs Noah's Whizzard

Similar to the previous round's Whizzard. Noah again played very well, but my agendas showed up in the right order and Maw didn't knock out anything too brutal and I was able to seal the deal.

Elim 2: vs. Trung's Whizzard

This time, I wasn't able to stay ahead on money. Even though I knew what was coming, I didn't drop as much ICE on HQ as I should have. I thought I was in a good place when Trung dropped a Frantic and the only program in those ten cards was a single Datasucker, but I didn't see my agendas when I wanted to, and when I finally did, he'd been Opus-ing long enough to just Vamp me into sadtown.

Elim 5: vs. Peter's Hayley

Similar to the Hayley I ran, but he did go with Ubax. Great for me, because I was getting 1 per turn even without Agroplex. I suspected the Rumour Mill and it indeed made my remote less useful. Fortunately, I managed to score a Nisei before he was fully setup and with a sufficiently taxing remote, even Hayley with Laguna can't draw enough cards to Faust in twice. He dropped a Deep Data Mining and saw nothing, but the turn after, I used Fast Track for a Philotic (I think). Scored that, bringing me to six points, but the Fast Track shuffled R&D, so he went into with DDM via SOT and this time saw 4 points of agendas, bringing him to six. But next turn I top decked that one Clone Retirement and that was the game.

7 Jun 2017 dbAdmin

I've been playing this online during this week since you discussed it with codemarvelous. I have been playing the listed version (Mind Game, Scarcity). Caprice is my favorite "ICE" in this deck and I want to find a way to get a 3rd one in there. I have had some tough games vs Leela (Blackmail or no) and Kit (Inversificator, or Yog/Mimic + Dedicated Processor). Money is not a problem for this deck, I think, because people take a bit more caution running against unrezzed Jinteki ICE. Rightly so. And while they dig for more answers, you are making money from the ID. I had a particularly fun game vs Hayley where I felt I was ahead and needed to dig for agendas. Palana Agroplex gave both of us extra cards (not something I would normally want to do vs Hayley) but I was slamming down even more ICE. Thanks for discussing the deck; as a newer player I have learned a lot while playing it.

8 Jun 2017 Nelsormensch

@dbAdmin Awesome, great to hear! Yeah, an extra Caprice might be nice depending on the meta. If I had to drop something, probably the Voter Intimidation/Scarcity or an Agroplex, maybe??