Hey everyone! I was recently involved in a Warhammer 40k team tournament and it made me think of the possible applications for Netrunner.
Over the past year "teams" have started to form in different areas around the US. A lot of talk is coming from these teams about who's who in the ANR world. This should be a great (fun) way to decide who's team is bringing the heat and who's team is just spewing bologna.
Below I'll place the rules for a tournament of this nature and how I would see it work. Please respond by saying:
1. What do you like or not like about this tournament structure?
2. Would you be willing to participate as a team member or captain?
3. Where would a good venue be to pull in as many teams as possible?
4. What kind of prize support would make this worth while?
ANR Team Tournament
Before the tournament, a team of 4 people will need to be formed. This consists of 1 team captain and 3 team members. Each person must bring a Runner and a Corp deck that they will play throughout the tournament. Each team can consist of no more than 1 of a single ID on runner or corp side. For example, each team may have 1 Kate and 1 RP... I think you guys get this.
Teams are paired together randomly in the first round. One team will begin as corp. That team captain will nominate one of the players to be in the first game. The opposing team captain will choose a runner on their team to face the corp player that was nominated. Then, the opposing team will select a runner to nominate and the corp captain will chose a player to play against that runner. This will shift back and forth until all players have matches.
Example: The corp captain has 4 corporations to choose: RP, ETF, PE, NEH. The corp captain nominates RP as the first deck. The captain of the opposing team has 4 choices: Kate, MaXx, Noise, Andy. The opposing captain chooses Noise to play against RP. Then, the opposing captain nominates Kate for the second game. The captain of the corp team chooses NEH to pair against the Kate deck. The corp captain would nominate again as above.
Before the game starts, each team has 5 minutes to gather and discuss their matches and give each other advice. After the 5 minutes is up, the normal rules of tournament play are in place. You may not assist other team members while they are playing a game.
Once all corp games have been completed, the opposing team would switch sides to corp and begin the pairings again as mentioned above.
After all games have been completed each team scores prestige equal to the sum of all team members earned prestige during the round. All pairings after the first round would be based on prestige.
CONSIDERING: All teams must bring deck lists to provide to the opponents before pairings are decided. I think this will add more strategy to the selection process and it makes the captains role a lot more important.
The reason I like this format is because it adds more strategy to the game by assessing match-ups and making good decisions are rewarded with game wins. Also, it allows for the game to ascend the 1v1 nature and avoids creating all new rules for the game (I like the idea of big sell out but it's far from perfect).
Let me know what you think! If there is any interest in this I may try and find a venue. @spags ANRPC maybe? I think this could be a cool side event or something for the main event weekend since all the teams will already be gathered.