As someone who spends a lot of time teaching new players about Netrunner, I’ve played quite a lot of Core Set Netrunner, most of it using the basic decks. What I’ve come to appreciate is the beauty of running less-than-optimal cards, forcing some very creative plays not unlike draft would. Games of Basic Netrunner sometimes turn into a fight of Hunter VS Access To Globalsec, and the dreaded 4-link Runner can often appear. A welcome break from the endless flurry of Clone Chipped Parasites and Blue Sun decks.
Opening up my Order & Chaos box, I had an idea while reading the included decklists: How about actually playing those decklists for a change? After seeing the impressive nonbos of The Board + Government Takeover, I revised my suggestion:
How about deckbuilding using nothing but O&C?
For the runner side, the conclusion seemed pretty obvious: your only breaker is Eater. You’re making an Eater deck with a full set of silverware. ID choice followed; MaxX has a strong ability, but seems less good with no access to recursion. Kim will have trouble accessing cards due to Eater, so his ability is unlikely to be useful. Valencia thus was the choice, since the bad pub will be relevant every time we Eat an Ice with a silverware event, and also enables us to play two strong cards: Investigative Journalism and Itinerant Protesters.
Day Job is a good card™ and thus goes in. Amped Up is sketchy but has synergy with Wanton Destruction and can actually do things, so we take 3 of both. I’ve Had Worse is Diesel for 1, perfectly reasonable; its alternate condition is unlikely to trigger in the O&C Meta, but we’re happy with it regardless. Showing Off seems utterly pointless, having no synergy with Eater and letting us (at best) access an extra card from R&D on a turn where we have already checked the top card. Maker’s Eye it ain’t.
Chop Bot has nothing to Chop; Archives Interface has nothing to exile (and is a shit card in general, sorry). Vigil, well, it does things, and has synergy with the Protesters. I don’t know that we really want 3, but we have to fill out our 50 somehow. Hivemind has exactly one virus to support: Gravedigger. Not exactly worth the price of admission. Gravedigger however is a fine card, and the whole Gravedigger-Progenitor-Virus Breeding Ground package is a fine inclusion, giving us a way to grind out the Corp once access becomes impossible.
Sacrificial Clone is not worth talking about. Stim Dealer I can’t imagine being good; We already have Amped Up providing bursts of clicks, and we don’t have ways to efficiently use the extra clicks provided, nor do we have ways to deal with the incoming brain damage. Human First is a card-that-does-things, and thus goes in thrice. Uninstall has no targets in the entire set and Qianju PT leaves me unconvinced. Data Folding however is sweet as we run a very light rig of Eater and Gravedigger, so it should always be on.
This is 48 cards, and we need 2 more. Our options are:
-Showing Off (gets you 1 extra card from R&D if it’s completely unprotected)
-Archives Interface (does nothing)
-Memstrips (Guarantees Data Folding will stay online even with 3 active gravediggers and no progenitors and no vigil)
-Chop Bot (Chops…Progenitors? Extra Vigils? Human Firsts? Seems bad, and we don’t care about the tag removal)
-Hivemind (3 creds and 2 MU for an extra Gravedigger counter)
-Sacrificial Clone (Saves you from the dreaded traffic-accident-flatline play)
-Stim Dealer (Spend 4 creds, 1 card and 1 click for something that will kill you before making back your investment)
Memstrips seems like the least bad of all these, so two copies of Memstrips go in for the final list:
Cards: 50 / 50
Influence points: 0 / 15
Identity: Valencia Estevez
3x Amped Up
3x I’ve Had Worse
3x Itinerant Protesters
3x Wanton Destruction
3x Day Job
3x Human First
3x Investigative Journalism
3x Virus Breeding Ground
3x Data Folding
The gameplan: eater-amped up-wanton destruction into HQ, pressuring passively with Investigative Journalisms and Itinerant Protesters. Eat Ice off of weak servers for gravedigger value, then keep doing it forever using your Virus Breeding Grounds.
The MaxX/Kim versions of this would need to cut both Investigative Journalism and Protesters, forcing you to run one more junky card to stay above the limit.
The Corp version is more interesting, and is coming in the next post.