After my last Regional Tournament, I had about a week to prepare myself for the Android: Netrunner Regional that was taking place just 15 minutes away from me in the City of Brotherly Love. Having almost win the Star Wars LCG Regionals, I was determined to put a good showing for Android: Netrunner. Especially now that it is taking place on my home turf.
I had already had two decks in which I’ve been playing with regularly during game nights with the local players, but I didn’t get a chance to mess around with the newest Data Pack yet, Future Proof. I’ve been running Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future, and Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie. So I’ll just go through the Future Proof Data Pack, and see what I can do to change my decks.
A good 1-2 hours later… I put together a pretty cool NBN: Making News deck, and a cool Noise: Hacker Extraordinaire deck. >_< Well… so much for my original plan. I guess going through all the cards in the collection got me in a creative mood. Too bad it was for the wrong factions! Hmmm… nah. I don’t think I’ll have enough time to playtest these decks in time for regionals. I get back to working on the decks again the next day, and here is what I’ve come up with.
Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future (Core)
Total Cards: (49)
- Mandatory Upgrades (What Lies Ahead #11) x3
- Project Vitruvius (Cyber Exodus #51) x3
- Accelerated Beta Test (Core #55) x3
- False Lead (A Study in Static #80) x2
- Aggressive Secretary (Core #57) x1
- Adonis Campaign (Core #56) x3
- Melange Mining Corp (Core #108) x1
- Viper (Cyber Exodus #52) x1
- Rototurret (Core #64) x2
- Ichi 1.0 (Core #62) x3
- Heimdall 1.0 (Core #61) x2
- Tollbooth (Core #90) x2  
- Chum (Core #75) x2 
- Ice Wall (Core #103) x3 
- Wall of Static (Core #113) x1
- Enigma (Core #111) x2
- Chimera (Cyber Exodus #60) x3
- Archived Memories (Core #58) x1
- Green Level Clearance (A Study in Static #70) x3
- Biotic Labor (Core #59) x3
- Hedge Fund (Core #110) x3
- SanSan City Grid (Core #92) x2   
Total Agenda Points: 20
Influence Values Totals (15)
- Jinteki: 2
- NBN: 10
- The Weyland Consortium: 3
In my local meta, HB Fast Advance is a popular strategy. You set up ice to protect your HQ and R&D, then you score agendas from hand using Biotic Labor and/or Trick of Light. A pretty solid strategy, but can be problematic when up against some Anarch decks. Especially the Noise Mill deck, which I was expecting to see a lot of.
I opted to go for a different fast advance deck, focusing on Biotic Labor and Sansan City Grid to score 2 point agendas from my hand. If the opportunity arises where I can take two turns to safely score Mandatory Upgrade, I’ll gladly do it for the extra click every turn- which will then make things even easier to score agendas. A little risky, but I like it
Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie (Humanity’s Shadow)
Total Cards: (45)
- Emergency Shutdown (Cyber Exodus #43) x1
- Account Siphon (Core #18) x1
- Networking (Humanity’s Shadow #84) x1
- Forged Activation Orders (Core #20) x2
- Special Order (Core #22) x3
- Easy Mark (Core #19) x2
- Inside Job (Core #21) x2
- The Maker’s Eye (Core #36) x1  
- Notoriety (Trace Amount #26) x1 
- Sure Gamble (Core #50) x3
- Infiltration (Core #49) x2
- Doppelganger (A Study in Static #64) x1
- HQ Interface (Humanity’s Shadow #85) x1
- Dyson Mem Chip (Trace Amount #28) x1
- Sneakdoor Beta (Core #28) x2
- Datasucker (Core #8) x2 
- ZU.13 Key Master (What Lies Ahead #7) x2  
- Corroder (Core #7) x2  
- Creeper (Humanity’s Shadow #89) x2 
- Crypsis (Core #51) x2
- Decoy (Core #32) x1
- Access to Globalsec (Core #52) x3
- Underworld Contact (A Study in Static #69) x3
- Kati Jones (Humanity’s Shadow #91) x2
- Armitage Codebusting (Core #53) x2
Influence Values Totals (15)
- Anarch: 6
- Shaper: 9
As for my runner deck, I opted for a quick starting economy with Andromeda. With the 9 card hand start, it is highly possible to have one or two Sure Gambles and Easy Marks in my starting hand. I’m also using her 1 link strength by using icebreakers which benefit from having 2 or more link, as well as Underworld Contact, which gives me a credit at the beginning of my turn if I have 2 more more link. My economy should be strong the entire game if everything goes well.
The Regional is being held at Redcap’s Corner, which is where I play every Wednesday night for LCG game nights. The store is only about a 15 minute drive from my house, but of course I run into heavy traffic on the way there. Good thing I left a bit early, and get there with about 10 minutes to spare. That spare time is spent filling out my decklist however.
I chat with the local players while I’m filling out my sheet, and it looks like all the local guys are here. I also met a few guys who drove down from New York, and up from Baltimore. A bunch of great guys. We start a little late because some guys called in saying they were stuck in traffic. That is fine since there are still a bunch of players still filling out their deck sheets, including myself.
Scoring rules are explained, and prizes are announced. For each match, you play once as the runner, and once as the corporation. If you win a match, you get 2 Prestige Points, and 10 Match Points. If you lose a match, you get 0 Prestige Points, and your Match Point is equal to the amount of Agendas you’ve scored. If time is called and there is no winner, the game is considered a tie, and both players will receive 1 Prestige Point for the match, and their Match Point is the amount of Agendas scored at the time.
After the two matches, the player with the most Match Points receive an additional 2 Prestige Points for being the overall winner. In the case of a tie, both players will receive 1 Prestige Point each.
For the Prizes:
- 1st Place – Regional Champion Trophy, free entry into the World Championship Weekend
- Top 2 Places – An alternative playmat
- Top 8 Places – Full-color Project Beale Playmat, a Plastic Affiliation Card (1st place gets 1st choice, and goes down the list)
- Top 16 Places – A set of 7 Regional Click Tracker Tokens
- Last Place – A deck box or playmat from a previous tournament
Awesome prizes, and I want them all! I got to take a close look at the Plastic Affiliation Cards, and they are sweet. They are dual sided too, like the Star Wars Alternative Art Affiliation Cards I got during that Regional. NBN/Noise, Jinteki/Kate, HB/Gabriel, and Weyland by itself. And they’re plastic! I better be on my “A” game today.
Everyone is here now, and all deck lists have been collected. Number of participants… 41!! Wow… I was expecting around 25. Looks like its going to be a long day today. With this many players, we’ll have to play 6 matches (12 games), then cut to top 8. Pairings are announced, everyone is headed to their tables.
I was paired up with one of the local players. I’ve actually never got a chance to play him yet, but I know he is one of the better players of the group. He is running NBN and Chaos Theory. I let him pick what he wants to play first since I don’t have a preference. He plays as NBN first.
I quickly score 2 agendas out of his hand, and he is having trouble getting ICE up to protect his servers. I kind of played safely because I don’t know what kind of NBN deck he is running. I keep running but fail to pull any agendas. He finally gets some ICE up, and now I’m having trouble getting the right breakers out. I run R&D, fail to pull any agendas, and try to play Notoriety. He points out that I’m playing it wrong, and that he made the same mistake before. I read the card more carefully… doh! He ends up scoring all his agendas and wins. Not a good start. 0 Prestige 4 Match Points.
Now for the 2nd game. I draw my starting hand, 4 agendas, 1 ice. Mulligan. New starting hand, 3 agendas, 1 ice, 1 Hedge Funds. Better, but far from perfect. Thank goodness I draw ice on my first turn. I protect HQ and R&D, and also have enough credits to rez them. He’s having problems getting icebreakers out this time, and I keep drawing more agendas into my hand. I had at one point 4 agendas in hand, so my first agenda I try to score is Accelerated Beta Test. I was able to score it from a remote server, and he was surprised that I opted to draw the top 3 cards. All Ice I was able to score another agenda the next turn.
I play another agenda in my remote server, but he was able to use Tinkering and get through all my ice and steal. At some point he uses Test Run, and finally gets all his icebreakers out, and was able to enter any server he wants. He finally wins the game. 0 Prestige 4 Match Points.
Round Total: 0 Prestige 8 Match Points
My 2nd opponent is one of the players from Baltimore, and hes running HB (core) and Gabriel. We both have lost our last matches 0-6, and are feeling a bit defeated, but still having fun. Again, I let him choose, and he picks to be corporation. I thought everyone likes to run first?! /shrug
I get a good economy start with Andromeda, was able to make a few early runs before he got any ice up. I was able to click through most of his ice without having to use any icebreakers and score some agendas. The game run a little over 30 minutes, but I was able to win the game for 2 Prestige 10 Match Points.
2nd game was even slower. I was able to protect all my servers, but was able to draw any agendas. I had my R&D iced up, and he kept running my hand for credits, hoping for agendas, but kept seeing the same card over and over again. I was able to score 2 agendas using Biotic Labor, and he was able to score 1 agenda before time was called. The game is considered a tie, and I get 1 Prestige Point 4 Match Points. I also get 2 Prestige Points for being overall winner.
Round Total: 5 Prestige Points 14 Match Points
Tournament Total: 5 Prestige Points 22 Match Points
My 3rd opponent traveled from New York with his buddies. They were all wearing a matching vest. I asked if that was like their Netrunner group vest and he said it was his buddy’s band. Still cool. I believe he was also playing HB (core) and Andromeda. He chose to run first.
His Andromeda deck uses static breakers, and relies on Datasucker to lower the strength of my ices. I kept all my central servers protected, and cleared his virus counters when he got it up to 3 once. He wasn’t able to break through my ices for a while, and I had Sansan City Grid set up in a remote server, and scored 3 agendas from hand with it. When he was finally able to trash Sansan City Grid, he was too broke to keep me from score my last agenda needed in two turns. 2 Prestige Points 10 Match Points.
I don’t remember to much about this game, but it went back and forth for awhile and ended in a draw. I believe I had 4 agenda points to his 4 points. 1 Prestige Points 4 Match Points.
Round Total: 5 Prestige Points 14 Match Points
Tournament Total: 10 Prestige Points 36 Match Points
Out of nowhere, my girlfriend comes and brings me a Cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks. Such an awesome girlfriend! I’ve been playing for over 3 hours now, and was mentally drained, and starving! This was a very pleasant surprise.
I run to the far corner of the store and try to finish my food before the next round starts. It was delicious.
I now have my energy level up, and my stamina restored. My next opponent is another guy from Maryland. I only remember him using NBN. While he was the runner, I was able to score Mandatory Upgrade as my first agenda, and was able to quickly win the game easily. I got 2 Prestige Points and 10 Match Points.
Now I do remember his NBN deck because he was able to bury me in tags with it. I was able to score 2 agendas, and was doing a good job keeping tags off of me. Preventing them with Decoy, or getting rid of them with Networking. But after getting that 2nd agenda, on his next turn, he used Midseason Replacements and gave me a total of 8 tags on me. He was then able to trash all my resources and kept me poor. He also had Big Brother to keep me buried in tags.
While I was broke, he was able to easily score all his agendas and win the game. We were both at 2 Prestige Points with 14 Match Points, so we both get an additional Prestige Point for tying overall. Crazy deck.
Round Total: 3 Prestige Points 14 Match Points
Tournament Total: 13 Prestige Points 50 Match Points
For my 5th match, I’m paired up with another one of the local guys in Philly. I’ve played him before, and he is also one of the better players. His decks are Jinteki and Chaos Theory. He runs first and was able to win, and I think I had 4 Match Points. I didn’t remember much of that match because we were mostly chatting while playing. The next game though, was pretty memorable.
His opening move was installing two cards into to open remote servers. Since it was Jinteki, I was just expecting Snares. So I used my Infiltration on one of them, which turned out to be an agenda, and ran to score it. I had one more click, but felt uneasy about running that other open server, so I installed some card instead. On his next turn, he scored that agenda which was in that open server. Sneaky.
On my last turn of the game, I installed HQ Interface, install Sneakdoor Beta, draw a card (in case I get a Snare), and Sneakdoor Beta to his hand. I pulled two Priority Requisition for 6 points worth of agendas. Woohoo!! I win the game, and the overall match.
Round Total: 4 Prestige Points 14 Match Points
Tournament Total: 17 Prestige Points 64 Match Points
Since our 5th round match ended early, we walked over to see the overall rankings to see where we stand. I was already in the top 16 without counting the 5th round match, and had a good chance at getting top 8 if I win my next match. Two of our local players were pretty much guaranteed top 8 already, and a few others were still trying to get into top 16. Now I’m really pumped. Got to win my next match!
My opponent was another guy from New York, and he was playing Weyland and Gabriel. Sorry I don’t remember much from this game either, as we were both mentally drained from the long day already, and at that point, I kept thinking I had cards down that I didn’t have, because I had it down in a previous game. My fry was brained! It’s been a loooooong day. I ended up winning both games, and getting 6 Prestige Points.
Round Total: 6 Prestige Points 20 Match Points
Tournament Total: 23 Prestige Points 84 Match Points
At this point, I was very excited. Looking at the new standings, I was in a pretty decent position to sneak into top 8. There were still about 20 minutes left in the round, so the waiting was killing me. Time was called, and all the score sheets were turned in. More waiting! Talking to the local players, one of them was going to be the top seed in top 8, and another guy was definitely in at least 6th.
The moment of truth. The tournament organizer announce the pairings for top 8. And… my name wasn’t called The tournament organizer than announced places 9 through 16 to pass out the prizes for top 16. One name was called ahead of me, and I was called at 10th place. After the rest of the top 16 was called, I went to the tournament organizer to see how close I was to top 8. Me and the 9th place guy was tied at 23 Prestige Points, but he had more Match Points than me. The 8th place guy was at 24 Prestige Points. Ahh! I was only 1 Prestige Point away!! So close!
No playmats or plastic cards for me. I did walk away with some swag though. It was close to 9pm now, and the top 8 are now playing their matches. It is getting late, and I need dinner! That was way more than enough Android: Netrunner for me for today. Luckily, there is a great Thai Restaurant just across the street. Called up the girlfriend, and had a great meal.
There is another Android: Netrunner Regional next weekend that takes place in New Holland, PA. The Star Wars LCG Regional is also taking place at the same place earlier that day. I’m still debating on if I want to drive 1hr 20 mins to play both Regional Tournaments back to back. If I do, you can read all about it here.