Bernice watched the Runner’s avatar approach her countermeasures. It was child’s play.
On one screen, Bernice’s rendering of the NBN servers showed a vaguely humanoid shape finally commit to its attack vector. As she monitored that form’s progress, two more screens to Bernice’s sides showed the perspective of dozens of NBN news drones all throughout New Angeles. The districts were colour coded, but Bernice looked through her camera lenses so often, that she knew the city inside and out without the system’s overlay.
The runner seemed to be gaining confidence as he or she passed more and more of her ICE, but Bernice only smiled. The final defensive measure was her only focus—each other countermeasure was simply a drain on the runner’s resources and stamina.
Bernice’s system was calling on computing power from the Aryabhata communications networks, slowly closing in on the identity of the intruder as subroutines sorted through false trails and counter defenses.
With a flourish, Bernice activated her Data Ward and laughed to herself as the Runner’s avatar seemed to hesitate. She could see the calculations going through their mind as they wondered if they should press on. Foolishly, they chose to, leaving themselves open to a counter-assault.
Yes, they had gained access, but her system had found their location. With a key stroke, her drones sped towards the Runner’s physical location.
All too easy.
No Link for You
In this world of Rabbit Holes and Security Nexi, the SYNC BRE is not exactly a winning bet. But hey, with Net Quarantine, it’s maybe doable?
This deck’s idea is to leverage Spark, Aryabhata, and lots of traces to keep the Runner poor, poor, poor. If they’re that poor, they can’t trash your SanSan or get through your frustrating ICE. Plus, if they do trash your Campaigns or your SanSan, just recur them! (What an ongoing theme we have here…)
Surveillance Sweep feels like it would be really, really strong here. Particularly if you have a Net Quarantine scored. And there are a lot of Traces during these runs.
Archangel, SYNC BRE, and Bernice are probably strong candidates to fire, and Gutenbergs are no slouch.
I think this is probably a mid-strength deck, but in the right hands, it could be terrifying.
BRE Despotism (SYNC BRE)
Spark Agency: Worldswide Reach
1x AstroScript Pilot Program
2x Net Quarantine
3x Project Beale
2x Quantum Predictive Model
2x Restructured Datapool
3x Aryabhata Tech
3x Jackson Howard
3x Launch Campaign
3x PAD Campaign
1x Bernice Mai
2x SanSan City Grid ★★
1x Exchange of Information
2x Friends in High Places ●●
3x Hedge Fund
2x Surveillance Sweep
1x Data Ward
1x IP Block
Code Gate (6)
3x Pop-up Window
2x News Hound
2x SYNC BRE
2 influence spent (max 15-2★=13, available 11)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Daedalus Complex
Deck built on https://netrunnerdb.com.