Network Exchange

With Elegance

Perching cross legged on the edge of his plush, oversized mattress, Nasir stretched in the fractional Luna gravity. His hotel was one of the ritziest spots you could find in the Silver City, and its network connection had the quality to match the reputation.

His new console hummed quietly on the table in front of him—a fresh model that had stormed the channels of New Angeles net criminals. Nasir itched to jack in and test it out.

Any servers back on Earth would suffer from an awkward lag time, something that would make the run choppy and unsatisfying. His target had to be a Luna-based server.

Luckily, Nasir knew just the right mark.

Loading a few choice programs into his rig, ones that he knew would be perfectly suited to the particular brand of countermeasures his pretty favoured, Nasir jacked in and went in search of a way into the Blue Sun networks.

It would be a fun challenge to turn their defenses against themselves. Recursive errors would destabilize their defenses, and their supercomputers would overload with the strain of repetitive activations.

He’d be in, poke around, and be out without making a ripple.

Shattered Board State

I have to give a lot of credit to Eady from Run Last Click for the seed of this idea. It was a while ago that I listened to the episode, but there was something about Ankusa and Paintbrush, and I thought—you know what, yes. That. Definitely.

Of course, Sifr matches with this beautifully. When the ICE matches Ankusa’s strength—even when that ICE is a Curtain Wall—you just destroy dreams.

Now you may be looking at the nine influence spent on Dyson Fractal Generators and calling me crazy. I’m sure you’re not, because you’re an intelligent person. Of course, Dysons pump our Ankusa, and since they’re Stealth, they fill up our Net Mercur. As recurring credits, they don’t disappear from Nasir’s pool when ICE is rezzed on encounter. Seriously. I think it’s worth all nine.

Now on to the Daedalus card. Network Exchange seems sort of weak, right? Unless you have all three out, then it’s bonkers. Of course, we’ll use Ankusa to return ICE to hand and trigger Network Exchange as often as possible. Please do spend four credits to put that Eli 1.0 back out in front of your inner ICE.

I went the Crypsis route because it’s also well-supported by Sifr, but if you’re worried about too many Code Gates or Sentries (or lots of multi-sub ICE), I’d also consider putting in singletons of Fawkes and Houdini. That route would probably require finding space for some Net Chips or Akamatsu Mem Chips, but it’s definitely a viable and more robust rig against glacier builds.

I’ve been excited about this deck for a while now, and I cannot wait to get it on the table. There’s so much cool synergy, and it’s really interactive with the Corp—you don’t just blank their ICE like a lot of recent runner decks do, you force them to consider how they’re going to spend their credits and clicks.

If I rez this Barrier, Nasir gains cash and throws it back to my hand. So maybe I just put one ICE on each server? But then it gets Tinkered or Paintbrushed and it’s gone too…

The choices!

Splinter Nasir (Network Exchange)

Nasir Meidan: Cyber Explorer

 

Event (9)
3x Sure Gamble
3x Test Run
3x Tinkering

 

Hardware (8)
3x Dyson Fractal Generator ●●●●● ●●●●
3x R&D Interface
2x Şifr ●●

 

Resource (17)
2x Aaron Marrón ●●●●
3x Algo Trading
2x Beth Kilrain-Chang
2x Net Mercur
3x Network Exchange
1x Order of Sol
2x Patron
2x Personal Workshop

 

Icebreaker (4)
2x Ankusa
2x Crypsis

 

Program (7)
3x Cloak
2x Paintbrush
2x Self-modifying Code

 

15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)
45 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Daedalus Complex

Deck built on https://netrunnerdb.com.

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