We had a tournament last night. It was awesome!
Special shout out to Ashton who just walked in and got pressured into being our sixth player so we didn’t have to have a bye. Thanks Ashton!
So yes, six players. With a very interesting faction breakdown.
Adam: Kit/Builder of Nations
Donovan: Los/Making News
Ashton: Gabe/Making News
No HB! Half Criminal! Half Weyland! Two Shapers!
What a meta. What a meta indeed.
I brought my usual Reina and the AgInfusion deck I posted last week. The Reina was a little tweaked to deal with Skorpios (thank the gods). I took out one Inject and something else to add in two I’ve Had Worse.
Red Rabbit Reina 5.0 (The Archivist)
Reina Roja: Freedom Fighter
3x Career Fair ●●●
2x I’ve Had Worse
1x Retrieval Run
3x Sure Gamble
3x Rabbit Hole ●●●
2x Security Nexus ●●●●● ●
1x Sports Hopper
2x Citadel Sanctuary
3x Daily Casts
1x Ice Carver
3x Liberated Account
3x Power Tap ●●●
2x The Archivist
3x Underworld Contact
2x Black Orchestra
15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)
45 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Daedalus Complex
Deck built on https://netrunnerdb.com.
Anson City Shuffle (AgInfusion)
AgInfusion: New Miracles for a New World
3x Global Food Initiative ●●●
3x Medical Breakthrough
1x Philotic Entanglement
1x The Future Perfect
3x Jackson Howard ●●●
2x Project Junebug
2x Marcus Batty
3x Port Anson Grid
3x Shell Corporation
3x Hedge Fund
2x Trick of Light
3x Galahad ●●●
Code Gate (3)
3x Merlin ●●●
2x Cortex Lock
3x Lancelot ●●●
1x Neural Katana
15 influence spent (max 17, available 2)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Blood and Water
Deck built on https://netrunnerdb.com.
Anywho, we played three rounds.
First round, I’m up against Ashton. I can’t remember what side we played first, so let’s go with the Reina deck. I was heavily teched against his Midseasons/Scorch Making News… so it did not go well for him. The best highlight was Keyholing through a Searchlight with Power Tap and the Archivist installed. I keyholed three times, made six credits, and stole three agendas to go to six points. Spent a little bit more time setting up, then I used Nexus to get through an Enigma and score the last agenda.
In the AgInfusion game, I got my setup pretty quickly. I scored a Future Perfect pretty early then snuck out a Medical Breakthrough as if it were a Junebug. Unfortunately, Gabe was just so poor. Galahad was a huge pain for Ashton’s breaker suite. He stole another Medical Breakthrough, which left me to score the final one as a 2/2 for game.
So I sweep first round. Then it goes pear shaped.
I’m paired up against James, and I’m not 100% sure how to deal with Skorpios. A Hatchet Job takes out my first Paperclip. A Hunter Seeker takes out my first Nexus. I figure the answer is to have more money than him (to turn off Hatchet job traces). Then I’ll only Keyhole so I turn off Hunter Seeker. But I just cannot keep up with his cash through Hedge, IPO, Restructure, Oaktown, and Jackson/Preemptive reshuffling of those econ cards. The only saving grace is that he can’t find agendas quickly enough to win. But I also can’t find my answers. I get my Paperclip out. It goes away again when he bluffs a Hostile as a game-winning GFI. I get my second Nexus out, and he’s got double-stacked barriers everywhere. I concede.
Swap sides, and he’s on Fisk/Drug Dealer/Faust Gabe. It actually works out really well for me because the Fisk draw gets my traps, econ, and Grail into my hand so quickly. I get my setup in record time, and James is scared about what I’m slow rolling in two different servers, with upgrades. Turns out it’s a Future Perfect again (also a Junebug). I do get to AgInfusion this time and James trashes a Mongoose to stay away from the Junebug. I love those bad choices. Anywho, he pulls agendas out of my deck and out of my hand, and I score a Medical Breakthrough. Then he goes into desperation mode. He knows I’m on Fast Advance because he’s seen my Trick of Light. He knows I have four counters on my Junebug. He preps, nothing. He hits R&D. Nothing. He runs HQ on last click (with an HQI). He takes my god damned Philotic on his first pull. I had the game next turn!
Now I’m up against Perry. Again, I’m not sure what we played first. I must’ve been getting tired. So let’s talk about Skorpios again. This time, I figure the answer isn’t to have more money. I’ll get my Link up to contest Hatchet Jobs, but I think the answer is to just trash the Hatchets out of HQ. Problem is that I hit a GFI in hand and he Hunter Seekers my Paperclip. So I dig, dig, dig, and then he wins. Six cards left in my deck, and Paperclip was the fourth from the bottom. I think my tack was the correct choice, but I think the best answer to Skorpios is Keyhole/Eater/Wanton Destruction. I mean, any build that trashes their hand or headlocks them down to zero is probably the right way to go. But their ICE is just so cheap, and their economy is so hard to keep down once they get to 10.
My AgInfusion deck was getting manhandled this game, but it also had its best shining moments. Turns out that AgInfusion is fantastic for getting rid of impactful event runs like Indexing! I didn’t stop him early on from Indexing into a Future Perfect (which went onto a Film Critic), and then he pulled a Medical Breakthrough. I had scored a Medical Breakthrough, run him into my Anson server for two program trashes, and had a good solid economy going when I topdeck a Global Foods. Instead of over drawing with my unrezzed Jackson or scoring the Philotic in my hand, I panic and install the GFI over the Jackson. My idea–mad as it was–was to posture that I was replacing a Snare with a Jackson. So Perry just runs it. He’s on Stealth, and it’s a single Merlin, so he gets in and wins. I should not have given that game away, but I just made a terrible, terrible decision.
The tournament was super awesome. Everybody had a lot of fun, and I really liked AgInfusion. The ability doesn’t trigger that often, but the threat of the ability keeps people stepping lightly. In that way it feels a lot like Personal Evolution. And my server of doom works so well with Port Anson Grid. What an amazing binder fodder card that came together super well.
Oh yes, AgInfusion tips. I like this build because I put a Merlin or a Lancelot over my economy/battery/death server. Just one. It’s Grail, so it’s modular. If I want them to go in and hit the Junebug (through the trigger), then I add other Grail subs, but not Galahad. If I don’t want them in, I can put the Galahad sub down and use a Batty if it’s really important. There are lots of avenues for surprise kills and delays. It’s a super fun deck. Also it’s very, very important not to put an ETR on your death server. Kakugo usually goes on R&D.
Also Replanting was amazing. Cortex Locks and Pups were great early game, then I would replant the Cortex Locks or Pups onto the outside of the central to serve as AgInfusion triggers. The deck could probably use a bit more econ. Something dripping like PAD Campaigns. One friend recommended putting in Friends in High Places since I have two free influence. I think I’ll keep tweaking this deck, and also probably put an Obokata in in place of The Future Perfect. Rationale? Either way, Film Critic will steal them, but against people without Film Critic, Obokata protects itself on the ground and makes my R&D spiky.