May 062015

For the last couple weeks I’ve been using this HB deck with some success. A week ago, I replaced Neural Katana with Cortex Lock. In my first game using it, I dropped one as the outermost ice on my scoring server. The runner, using Chaos Theory: Wünderkind and with only a single 1 MU program out, installed an Akamatsu Mem Chip, then ran my remote with four cards in hand.

Boom! Game over on the second turn. I laughed so hard

Out of pity, and rather than starting over, we pretended it took him down to zero cards and continued play. I still won. Again.

Apr 072015

Played two games with this glacier deck after making some changes from last time. First game was against Tim, running Gabriel Santiago: Consummate Professional. I dropped a 1-point Cerebral Overwriter on him early on, then, after he’d scored two agendas from my scoring server (3 ice), I followed up with an Edge of World. It was the most brain damage I’ve done in a game so far, and it slowed him down, but it wasn’t enough.

He kept using Sneakdoor Beta, and I didn’t protect my archives early enough. Luckily for me he seemed to access Janus 1.0 over and over, no matter how many or few cards I had in hand. Unfortunately, Janus sat in my hand for the entire game.

On the final score for him, I didn’t do the math for how much it would cost him to access the last agenda, and he had exactly enough credits to get through. If I had pumped up Ice Wall by just one strength, he wouldn’t have gotten it, and the score would have been tied.

Also, Ichi 1.0 or Ichi 2.0 should not be the first or only ice in front of a server. It needs to be behind and/or in front of some hard-stop ice. It’s most useful for mid-game.

Second game was against Raphael, using Valencia Estevez: The Angel of Cayambe. This was fucking brutal. Using a combination of Infiltration, Blackmail, Same Old Thing, Deja Vu, Clone Chip, and Raymond Flint, he could always see what was in my scoring server with Infiltration and, because my ice was unrezzed, blow right past it with Blackmail, then recycle both cards back into his hand or deck. Because of Clot, I couldn’t have scored any agendas on the same turn I installed them, even if I’d had the clicks for it.

Because I couldn’t get any of my ice rezzed, there was absolutely nothing I could do to stop or ambush him, and neither Cerebral Overwriter nor Edge of World showed up at all anyway.

I needed to start scoring a lot sooner, and have some more ways to get my big ice rezzed outside of a run. I had a couple Priority Requisitions in the deck, but they never showed up either.

This game was especially frustrating because I couldn’t even put up a fight. He just rolled right over me no matter what I did.

Possible changes vs. Blackmail deck:
-1 Efficiency Committee
+1 Accelerated Beta Test
+ Chronos Project (requires First Contact)

HB Brainbuster – Modified for Currently Owned Sets

Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future (Core Set)

Agenda (9)

Asset (12)

Operation (5)

Barrier (8)

Code Gate (4)

Sentry (9)

13 influence spent (max 15)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
47 cards (min 45)
Cards up to True Colors

Deck built on NetrunnerDB.

Then I completely failed at using this against Raphael’s NEXT Design: Guarding the Net deck. It was my third game, my brain was a bit fried, and I was rushed because the store was closing shortly. I didn’t whip out my Wyrm soon enough and couldn’t get the corp to rez ice in order to drop Parasite on them, so I ended up face-checking most of it. He had 6 points before I scored my first 2. I also didn’t get enough economy cards out soon enough.

I really wish I could get better, faster, at this game.

Whip out the Wyrm

Chaos Theory: Wünderkind (Cyber Exodus)

Event (15)

Hardware (9)

Resource (3)

Icebreaker (4)

Program (11)

15 influence spent (max 15)
42 cards (min 40)
Cards up to Creation and Control

Deck built on NetrunnerDB.

Dec 122014

I picked up the Netrunner Core Set a few weeks ago, and have played eight games as of last night. I’m really liking it, but have only gotten my roommate and one of my coworkers to play with me so far. There’s a game shop in town where they play on Monday nights, but I chickened out this week. This is my very first attempt at deckbuilding, and I decided to focus on NBN’s tagging specialty. This deck is utter crap, but I want to learn by experience what makes a good deck, rather than only using someone else’s work.

I’ve also reproduced the results and decklist here, in case goes away.

The results? I won against my roommate (who’s as inexperienced at this as I am), using the Core Set Anarch deck, but I shouldn’t have. Here are the problems I’ve identified with the deck already:

Problems with my tactics:

  • The cards started out sorted and grouped. I didn’t shuffle them enough, and only got one piece of ice for quite a few turns.
  • I didn’t use my initial ice to protect HQ and R&D.
  • Instead, I used my first ice (Wall of Static) to protect a remote server with Ghost Branch, which I should have left undefended after putting a couple of advancement tokens on it as a lure.

Mistakes by my opponent:

  • He wasn’t aggressive enough. HQ and R&D went undefended for awhile, and he should have been hitting them every turn.
  • He spent a lot of time and money building up his rig before attacking. He finally started hitting HQ, and got an agenda on the first run, but only assets and operations after that, until I got a Tollbooth installed and rezzed. By then I also had ice on R&D (which I couldn’t rez for lack of money).
  • He made no effort to remove tags, which allowed me to trash his Armitage Codebusting. By his admission, that move cost him the game, but he’s even less experienced at this than I am.

NBN Experiment v0.1 NBN: Making News (Core Set)

  • 15 influence spent (max 15)
  • 21 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
  • 46 cards (min 45)
  • Cards up to Future Proof

Agenda (11)

Asset (5)

Upgrade (2)

Operation (10)

Barrier (3)

Code Gate (4)

Sentry (11)

Deck built on NetrunnerDB.

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