Rubicon Switch

Bad day at black rock

Los opened his eyes and looked about groggily. The lights were bright, and they moved past him in a hypnotizing, strobing passage. There was a high-pitched squealing sound that assaulted his ears, and he couldn’t make sense of his surroundings.

He tried to touch his aching head, but his hands were secured. Adrenaline flooded his system, and his head snapped around taking in details.

The grey hallways of Consolidated Security Group flowed past him as he was rolled by on a gurney. The squealing sound came from one of the gurney’s wheels—it was loose, and it was annoying.

The man pushing the gurney was older, his forehead wrinkled and pasty. He wore a CSG contractor’s hat, covering a mop of grey hair, and a facemask that pulled up over his nose and obscured his chin. It was a medical mask.

“What’s going on? What the hell is going on?!” Los said desperately. Was his cover blown? Obviously. Okay, how to talk his way out of this one…

The older man looked down at Los for the first time, his black eyes twinkling with amusement. He raised a white-gloved hand to his face and pressed a single finger against the mask in a shushing motion. Then he winked at Los.

Dumbfounded, Los tried to sort through the implications. But he didn’t have much time.

“Time to say night, night, my friend. The security check ahead will expect you to be sedated.” The man’s voice was familiar. Where had Los heard it before?

Without explaining anything else, Los’s captor reached toward the gurney and typed some commands into a console. There was a sharp tapping sound as if he was clicking metal against the screen. Then Los’s adrenaline hit a hard wall of sedatives, and everything went black again.

The devil’s on my shoulder

I’m crazy excited for this deck.

I mean, I’m usually excited for any deck that has Xanadu in it, but this one is a particularly awesome build. The synergies are just so good.

As I discovered the last time I played Los, Forged Activation Orders is an expose and an econ card or its ICE destruction. So wonderful that this deck got three. Legwork of course because we’re in Criminal and we’re pressuring R&D and the Remote. Great to have some burst multi-access. Actually, I’ve been thinking recently about how stale the runner builds are becoming. How you do the thing is usually different, but the thing pretty much always comes down to locking the remote and then accessing R&D until you win.

What’s the answer? I don’t know. Maybe that’s just what Netrunner is right now—Runners are just different levels of efficient at delivering Medium. Or in this case, Keyhole.

But this build is still cool. Let me get back to excited.

So we wanted to run Rubicon Switch. Derez some ICE. Cool. Let’s find some synergies.

First thought is Xanadu. Rubicon—crucially—costs us the printed cost of the ICE to derez. Now of course, they spend money, we spend money, net zero, right? Probably not even in our favour because Corps make money so quickly, and we had to encounter the ICE and probably break it.

Well, Los puts us two credits up. Xanadu puts them one credit down. And here’s more synergy… Hernando Cortez puts them down even more if they’re rich!

Of course, we’re Criminals, so we’re making tons of money. With Temujin, Kati, and Daily Casts, we should be pretty rich. Siphon will work in our favour, particularly mid-game once we’ve got Aaron up and we don’t have to clear tags with cash and clicks.

But how do we get in? Mammon! Let’s pay that devil. Because we’re in Criminal, and we can e3 Feedback Implants. So all we need to do is count the ICE and have cash. Datasucker helps us deal with odd-strength ICE, and Desperado makes us even more efficient.

I ask you, is this not a thing of beauty?

River Devil Los (Rubicon Switch)

Los: Data Hijacker


Event (14)

2x Account Siphon

3x Career Fair

3x Forged Activation Orders

1x High-Stakes Job

2x Legwork

3x Special Order


Hardware (7)

3x Desperado

2x e3 Feedback Implants

2x Rubicon Switch


Resource (17)

2x Aaron Marrón

3x Daily Casts

3x Earthrise Hotel

2x Hernando Cortez

2x Kati Jones

3x Temüjin Contract ★★★

2x Xanadu  ●●●●


Icebreaker (4)

1x Femme Fatale

2x Mammon

1x Mongoose


Program (4)

2x Datasucker  ●●

2x Keyhole  ●●●●● ●


15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)

46 cards (min 45)

Cards up to Terminal Directive


Deck built on


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