Sorry for the late reply, I had intermittent access to my laptop over the last few days.
Tech StartingHand Workers
Manufactured Truth (technician draw)
Macciatus, the Whisperer
Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($8)
Worker - ($7)
Overeager Cadet trades with Tinkerer
Brave Knight trades with Vir, returns to my hand, you draw, Quince to lvl 3
Jail - ($4)
New Overeager Cadet
Make a new Mirror - ($2)
Bigby - ($0)
Discard 3, draw 4, reshuffle, draw 1
[I]Squad Leader[/I]: Overeager Cadet (2/2A)
[I]Scavenger[/I]: Mirror (0/1)
[I]Lookout[/I]: Reputable Newsman (0/2), blocking $2
- Quince lvl 3 (1/4)
- Bigby lvl 1 (2/3)
- Jail (3)
Base HP: 20
Tech I HP: 5
Tech II HP: 5 (Truth)
- Hand: 5
- Deck: 5
- Disc: 0
- Gold: 0
- Workers: 9
Present is always a scary tech 2 choice, and especially against Truth: Tricycloid basically counters the entire spec (which, I’ll admit, I didn’t fully consider when I chose it last turn). One thing I can do to slow it down is build a Jail. Another is tech Injunction in the hope of chaining it for a lockdown. So there’s one teched card and 3 gold for the turn locked in.
What else? Tinkerer becomes pretty scary with Tricycloid in the picture, so I’ll trade my Cadet for him; it’s favorable goldwise anyway.
I could also trade Brave Knight for Vir - giving holytispon a card and making Origin Story on Quince more appealing; or for Stewardess - bringing her back into the cycle for a fresh bounce/pop. Hmm, what about MTruth-ing Newsman into Knight and replaying him to block Origin Story? It’s a tad expensive - I won’t be able to set up Mirror Roc next turn without skipping a worker (which I definitely don’t want to do). Then again, if Quince is bounced I can’t get a Mirror Roc anyway. Though I could bring him back one turn later…
Here’s what I’m thinking: I’ll bluff setting up a Mirror play next turn, hoping to draw out Prynn and Origin Story instead of Tricycloid. If holytispon bites, I get a chance to tech up almost unopposed (with Injunction if I’m lucky), and a turn later I’m threatening maxband Quince+Gryphon on an empty board. If he leaves Quince alone and goes for an expensive Tricycloid Jailbreak, I go for some combination of: maxband Quince, Free Speech to block Geiger shenanigans, Roc, and Macciatus.
After the draw: I didn’t get Injunction, which would have been the perfect complement for a tech 3. I could try to dig for it with Lawful Search, which I might want to do anyway to see his options. Even if not, I have cheap alternatives for walling up in Macciatus and Brave Knight.