Here is the current best runner deck in my group. Even though all 3 runners decks are 'playable' the Criminal one felt it had the most bang for the buck in faction. Stats from the free online platform seems to confirm that across these games, criminals are winning about 60% of the time, ahead of the other runner factions. Here is our take on it (was unable to paste the linkable version, going with text version):
Gabriel Santiago: Consummate Professional (Core)
Total Cards: (45)
Sure Gamble (Core #50) x3
The Maker's Eye (Core #36) x3 (6 Influence)
Account Siphon (Core #18) x3
Easy Mark (Core #19) x3
Forged Activation Orders (Core #20) x3
Inside Job (Core #21) x3
Special Order (Core #22) x3
Desperado (Core #24) x3
Corroder (Core #7) x1 (2 influence)
Yog.0 (Core #14) x1 (1 influence)
Gordian Blade (Core #43) x1 (3 influence)
Femme Fatale (Core #26) x1
Ninja (Core #27) x2
Sneakdoor Beta (Core #28) x3
Armitage Codebusting (Core #53) x3
Wyldside (Core #16) x1 (3 influence)
Bank Job (Core #29) x3
Crash Space (Core #30) x2
Decoy (Core #32) x3
Influence Values Totals -
I think criminal is the best at forcing the corp to spread out. Meaning it has to defend multiple servers early. They have to defene HQ (identity power, account siphon), they have to defend archive (sneakdoor), they have to defense R&D (in general but also especially with maker's eye). They also have to defend their remote servers (PAD) or simply risk 'giving' bank jobs too easily. Basically they have to defend everywhere which force them to run thinner.
On top of that, criminals, through identity power, desperado, account siphon, bank jobs, etc, generate the most revenue currently. Inside job is also not to be underated and help the runner 'save' bits while being 'tech' allowing to skip some bad stuff.
Criminals have the worse icebreakers, something that could in theory be a problem but they also have special order which patch that hole nicely with a few out of faction breakers.
Lastly they have tools that fit in the current meta (femme fatale for tollbooth, decoy and crash space for tag and bag, etc).
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
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I prefer Noise with Criminal card support, personally.
I add to Noise:
Forged Activation Orders x3
Easy Mark x3
Crash Space x2
Special Order x1
This is just, like, my opinion man.
With all the money criminal decks generate, I find Crypsis does well in them.
If you're trying to make the corp spread out, I enjoy Medium - in my opinion one of the 3 best runner cards in the set (bank job, and stim hack being the other 2).
I feel uncomfortable with wyldside without a way to trash it (aka Aesop), with only 3 click left for credit genration and runs the corp as lower pressure on his shoulder.
No infiltrations and no lemuria = less pressure again since you'll never be able to know what lies in the server.
You choose to put maker eyes instead of medium, and i agree with that since i will surprise the corp.
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