Startup: Twin Engine Hoshiko

shruthless 36

Chisel Charming Hoshiko is my favorite way to play runner. But Corps have gotten a lot faster and even with Hoshiko's inbuilt draw engine, I found it hard to keep up. So I added an install engine, aka, Prognostic Q-Loop to see if I could rev up the archetype. And this twin engine deck does purr! You can clicklessly install not only the Chisel-Charms, but also the Gachapons, the Simulchips, and of course, the Rangs. Best of all, you can do it mid-run. It's very funny to install the Chisel on an Ansel after the Corp has rezzed a Magnet!

The downside is this car is quite a pain to drive! It's Tricky enough keeping track of Hoshikos' and the KomPanions' various triggers. Now you have to keep track of which cards the Q-loop has revealed and time your clickless installs around the free draws from DreamNet and Mahou Shouju. I must admit I crashed this puppy pretty badly umpteen number of times before I got comfortable driving it...

A couple of pointers

  • Gachapon can be very powerful if fired at the right time. You can use the information from Q-loop to not only get a useful install but also to cull unwanted cards. Also remember that Gachapon itself can be installed with Q-loop.

  • Please remember that Boomerang shuffles the deck after it goes back in!! If only I had 1 for every time I tried a Q-loop install after the Rang shuffle! :facepalm:

Have fun driving this. Tuneup suggestions are very welcome!

7 comments
13 Oct 2021 Baa Ram Wu

Any deck playing Q-loop out of faction gets my seal of approval.

Overclock would be a great card to find space for as using the credits to install your breakers etc on a run can be excellent.

If you wanted to increase your Q-loop targets you could look at replacing some of your econ with Fermentors.

13 Oct 2021 Diogene

Question : Considering you are using anarch breakers, why not put Leech instead of Chisel and replace the Devil Charm by Fermenter?

I'll test this for sure! Seems like a speedy setup!

Thanks for sharing.

14 Oct 2021 Navelgazer

I really enjoyed playing against this. Q-Loop is a great fit here and I can't believe I'd never seen anyone do that before.

14 Oct 2021 shruthless

@Baa Ram Wu Can't believe I didn't think of Overclock! I'll try it. Thank you. However I found Fermenters to be too slow.

@Diogene Ice destruction is my personal play style preference. It's particularly good against GameNet Goldfarmer glaciers. That said, sure, the marriage of Hoshi's draw and Q-loop's install can take many forms. Also in my experience having an Ice Carver down works just as well as Leeches.

15 Oct 2021 ctz

this is tight

19 Oct 2021 FightingWalloon

Why so many 2x cards?

20 Oct 2021 shruthless

@FightingWalloon The cards with pips are 2x because of influence juggling. The rest of the duplicate cards, you need to find early enough to get your board set up.