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Spark Agency: Cool Places/Corp Denial


I am finding Friends in High Places a huge help in Spark. One problem I’ve had in the past (other than Employee Strike) is running out of advertisement denial as the game goes on. Being able to bring those back with Friends and get the quick double rez is a big help in that regard.


The new 1inf campaign in Terminal Directive might let you slot in Friends.


Maybe. As long as you are lucky enough to have two cards in the bin to recur with them.

The best chance to have 2 ad’s on turn 1 is what I want.

The adonis’s will become the other campaign (marilyn?) when it’s released. Tollbooths are expensive, money is nice.


So here’s my list. As others have pointed out, Friends is very good in spark. I’ll agree with the above posters that Adonis is simply not worth it, and is a no-rez against Whizzard. I am running Service Outage, and it certainly fits the theme of making the runner poor, but is probably worse than other includes. I also have two influence to spare.

Surprise Tracker Spark

Agenda (9)

1x AstroScript Pilot Program
2x Global Food Initiative ●●
3x NAPD Contract ★★★
3x Project Beale

Asset (9)

3x Jackson Howard
3x Launch Campaign
3x PAD Campaign

Upgrade (4)

2x Product Placement
2x SanSan City Grid ★★

Operation (11)

3x Friends in High Places ●●●
3x Hedge Fund
2x Service Outage
3x Sweeps Week

Barrier (3)

3x Bastion

Code Gate (7)

1x DNA Tracker ●●●
3x Pop-up Window
3x Tollbooth

Sentry (4)

1x Thoth
3x Turnpike

Other (2)

2x Special Offer


TAANSTAAFL “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch”

Spark Agency: Worldswide Reach (Data and Destiny)

Agenda (10)

Asset (12)

Upgrade (5)

Operation (8)

Barrier (5)

Code Gate (7)

Sentry (2)

8 influence spent (max 15-6★=9, available 1)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Station One

Decklist published on NetrunnerDB.


Why all the tagging cards when your only tag punishment is ice?


Yeah that was worrying me too. Perhaps a Psychographics or Best Defense would be good here.


How has Financial Collapse been? I get how it might be especially at home in Spark, though I have been pretty keen to avoid it just because in my mind it either:

  1. Doesn’t do enough harm (the runner doesn’t have many resources) OR
  2. Can be easily mitigated (the runner has a bunch of resources and surely one of them is expendible)

I suppose the sweet spot is they have three or so resources and they care about all of them?


Shouldn’t it be “TANSTAAFL”?




Financial Collapse is great in a meta with a ton of unique Connections. It has a great surprise factor and is also good even if you just trash a SoT or Daily Casts.


I have been having lots of fun with the following. I think there is a lot of room for improvement like trying to incorporate city surveillance for example.

Breaking Down Advertising Doors

Spark Agency: Worldswide Reach (Data and Destiny)

Agenda (9)

Asset (18)

Upgrade (3)

Operation (10)

Barrier (2)

Code Gate (4)

Sentry (3)

11 influence spent (max 15, available 4)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Station One


Lately I’ve been rethinking my Spark builds. The issue with Spark is that the ability ceases to be relevant very early, or even immediately if Temujin or Mopus hit the board. Often, there will be a midgame window where the ability can fire again after the runner has to dip in credits, e.g. by running through a Tollbooth to nab an NAPD Contract. In this case, Friends in High Places replinishes your adverisements and you may briefly regain control of the game. So to try to engineer more situations like this, while still retaining a large number of advertisements, I’m going with a minimal tag punishment suite.

I still feel I’ve got tunnel vision when it comes to Tollbooth. The card is an excellent tax, protects my SanSan, and often singlehandedly initiates a cascade of Spark triggers. But it’s so, so expensive in a deck that often dips very low on credits. What else could I do here?

Spark Agency: Worldswide Reach (Data and Destiny)

Agenda (9)
1x AstroScript Pilot Program (Core Set)
3x Project Beale (Future Proof)
3x NAPD Contract (Double Time)
2x Global Food Initiative (Data and Destiny) ••

Asset (9)
3x PAD Campaign (Core Set)
3x Jackson Howard (Opening Moves)
3x Launch Campaign (Data and Destiny)

Upgrade (7)
2x Mumbad Virtual Tour (Salsette Island)
2x SanSan City Grid (Core Set)
3x Product Placement (The Universe of Tomorrow)

Operation (11)
2x Consulting Visit (The Liberated Mind) ••••• •
1x Hard-Hitting News (23 Seconds)
2x Friends in High Places (Martial Law) ••
1x Closed Accounts (Core Set)
3x Hedge Fund (Core Set)
2x Sweeps Week (True Colors)

Barrier (2)
1x IP Block (Martial Law)
1x Resistor (Data and Destiny)

Code Gate (8)
1x Free Lunch (Station One)
3x Tollbooth (Core Set)
1x Enigma (Core Set)
3x Pop-up Window (Cyber Exodus)

Sentry (3)
2x Data Raven (Core Set)
1x Turnpike (Data and Destiny)

10 influence spent (maximum 15)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Station One


Runner econ remains terrible. The best econ engine cards are restricted/banned. Corps just got Economic Warfare, which is better than MVT. NGO Front is a nasty decoy. Scarcity somehow lives on. So…time to reconsider Spark?

This list has one plan: smother the Runner’s economy and score out behind ICE. I’ve seen several lists that use HHN, but I think it may be better to use the slots to go all-in. In a couple of tests it seems like a miserly bastard. Any suggestions?

Tesla Coil

Spark Agency: Worldswide Reach (Data and Destiny)

Agenda (8)

Asset (15)

Upgrade (3)

Operation (10)

Barrier (3)

Code Gate (7)

Sentry (3)

15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Down the White Nile

Deck built on NetrunnerDB.


I’m cringing with hot shame that the last post in the Spark thread was my own from a year ago. I was such a terrible player back then. It feels like absolutely ages ago. I did manage to accidentally field a Spark deck with four copies of Tollbooth in it without anyone noticing, so there’s that.

It’s timely because I think everyone’s playing with Azmari and the ID ability is kind of similar. It’s a max two credit swing. Sometimes you’ll get one Spark trigger on your turn by rezzing a thing and sometimes you can rez, say, a Product Placement on your opponent’s to make it 2. Eventually you run out of Ads and stop making money, your opponent’s credit total snowballs, gg.

The problem with Spark is you have to fill your deck with advertisements, but at least you can guarantee they’ll do the thing. With Azmari, you guess wrong you get nothing. But with Azmari you get the flexibility of filling your deck with just about anything and still having the chance to get Spark level benefits throughout the game if you play the dumb guessing game.

I’m wondering what advantage Spark could offer in March 2018 over Azmari in the Battle of the Tier 2 NBN IDs…? Can Spark ever engineer more consistency by recurring ads somehow?


Thinking that Fast Tracking a Rebranding team could make this hum (dropping Ad Blitz). At one point I was testing 3 Team Sponsorships for some recursion. But I dropped to 2 to add an Adonis. My intuition is that baiting a few taxing runs may be a better plan than the old FA approach. Marylin may also help with some of the petering out.


this is the most logical spark build i could come up with. I hope you can make it work:



Oh, isn’t this a Reina Headlock deck? Maybe you got the wrong link.



fixed it.


I’ve not played Lakshmi much. Would you mind describing the prototypical situations you’d want to use it in and how it fits with the win condition? Or is it purely defensive? Thx.