Embracing your inner scumbag: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Astrotrain

“choo choo” “fuckin astro” “bleh not again” “anti-fun dickhead” “don’t you feel guilty playing this shit” – various opponents If there’s one thing people love to hate, it’s Astroscript Pilot Program. Whenever a thread bitching about game balance pops up, it’s always “make Astro unique” “make Astro a 4/2” “BAN THIS SICK FILTH”.  I used…

Toolboxes and reactivity

So this post came up on the Netrunner subreddit yesterday, and it got me thinking about the possibility of a “toolbox” style Corp deck much like the role Prepaid Kate fits for Runners. I believe that the asymmetrical nature of Netrunner makes this almost impossible to achieve in a strong deck. JEEZ MAN WHY  Let’s look at why…

Playing to win, not to not lose

Ask any Netrunner player why they love it so much and at the top of most lists will be the sheer amount of player agency and decision making. Unlike many card games, there is very rarely an obviously correct line of play to make in any given situation and you are rewarded for planning several turns…

Tempo in Netrunner part 2: Should you trash the PAD Campaign?

Yesterday we looked at pushing and maintaining tempo in a game. Today we’ll follow up by looking at denying your opponent’s tempo. Assets and tempo In the last post, we talked about how NEH, RP and HB create tempo swings with high-priority assets that demand the runner deal with them. HB’s campaigns are more of…

Tempo in Netrunner: every click matters (Part 1)

Hey runners! I’ve recently become extremely interested in defining tempo within Netrunner after playing with Jinteki Biotech, Leela and Prepaid Kate. Economy is relatively easy to quantify, and while tempo is much harder it’s equally important. Today I’m going to put down some thoughts on building and maintaining tempo, and in a couple of days I’ll…

Deck Tech: Green Russians (Biotech Rush)

Let’s talk about Jinteki Biotech and tempo. When this was announced there was a lot of discussion about mind games, bluffing and flatlining runners – ie, what normally gets talked about when basically anything gets announced for our favourite Japanese sociopaths. However, it all looks a bit wonky to me. The Brewery’s ability just doesn’t seem…

Deck Tech: Transmetropolitan

Hi all, time for another deck tech with some of the new toys from Order and Chaos! This one I’m calling Transmetropolitan, after the classic cyberpunk graphic novel featuring…aggressive journalism. Pictured: Journalism Much like it’s namesake, this deck is all about getting to the TRUTH (agendas) while stomping on as many things as possible. Valencia…

Melbourne League Champion: DRT Hub and Chaos Theory Dogs

Today’s article comes from Adam Kirkland, who just won both the Melbourne Netrunner League and the Games Lab Store Championship.  Hey everyone, I’m going to go through a couple of my decks today, which have just won me a few tournaments and which usually get a bit of attention for being slightly out-of-the-ordinary. The first…

Deck Tech – Switchman Andromeda

Hi all I’d like to go through one of my absolute favorite Runner decks, and one that I’ve been working on for quite a while now. The idea is to use the normal Criminal pressure, but utilising Switchblade and Atman to plug some of the weaknesses – particularly against Replicating Perfection. Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie (Humanity’s…