So, more on that Gagarin deck foolishness.
I’m a Weyland player, and so I am familiar with that most pedestrian of joys, the killing of a careless runner.
Also I am familiar with that complementary joy, when the runner is too mindful of the flatline, and goes too slow to stop us from scoring out. Sublime.
But sometimes, just sometimes, you get the greatest joy of all. The flatline of a careful runner.
I played in a GNK yesterday, and in round 2 my Gag deck hit up against a Geist player.
Awful matchup, of course, his ability to draw cards at paid ability speeds makes a mockery of my usual sniper kill shenanigans. But nothing to do but go for it.
I rused out a The Cleaners early on.
I started building up the Contract Killers, relying on a rep for junebugs and overwriters to keep him off them.
They mounted around him, an invisible coffin being carefully crafted. But this runner was canny.
Just before death, he’d decide to go up in cards. He put down a forger. He put down Street peddlers. He went up to 5 cards…he even put down a bleeping Citadel Sanctuary.
Finally, I had the trap all laid out. 3 facedown cards with 2 advancement tokens each, and another with 3 advancements. He had 2 street peddlers and his citadel sanctuary.
Elizabeth Mills stood at my shoulder as my deck bared its fangs and struck for the throat.
Paid ability window prior to first click, I rez a Contract Killer.
He looks it over, considers. He thinks of it in terms of killing his peddlers, (totes reasonable, since he is sitting on a full hand, with a santuary), so he uses his first peddler.
I wince…hoping it doesn’t install a plascrete or some shit. But no, it is just a Tech Trader. He uses the second peddler.
This one is an NACH. BUT THERE IS NO YELLOW IN THIS MURDER. No tags to dodge. Just waves of hired killers.
Something about my expression gives it away, and he fires his Fall Guy, just to take another card. It won’t save him.
First click, Contract Killer does 2 meat damage, up to 3 because of scored cleaners. Paid ability window, rez another.
Second click, Contract Killer does 2 meat damage, up to 3 because of scored cleaners. No flatline yet, he’s on 1 card. Paid ability window, rez the third.
Third click, Contract Killer does 2 meat damage, up to 3 because of scored cleaners. Death! But wait! Citadel Sanctuary saves Geist!! He ducks inside, up to 2 cards, but finally Gagarin is out of clicks.
Paid ability, VULCAN COVERUP ! Flatline achieved!!
Best kill I’ve ever done, and even that isn’t living the dream.
What’s living the dream is that this went down on stream.
Edit, removed video, can find it in Dodgepong’s twitch “kitchen table netrunner” or similar
Second game. I was the player with the red shirt. I dunno if twitch links are permanent, but I think they stick around for a day or so.