The recent announcement of a revised Android: Netrunner core set has me a little bit bummed out, but I’m trying to stay positive about it. To that end, I’ve started tinkering with deck ideas that will be tournament legal after the rotation happens on October 1st.
As the new core set will be legal for the upcoming World Championships (and the old core set, Genesis, and Spin cycle cards will not), I have no idea what the tournament meta will look like. Not that I had a strong idea before mind you. But a new card pool with quite a few “staple” cards no longer being tournament legal will have a huge effect on the types of decks we see at Worlds. I’m excited.
I’m also going to try and stop “net-decking” so often. So here’s my first truly original deck in quite a while: Chaos Chips. It’s aiming to install “multi-breakers” (Adept, Sage, and Savant) onto Net Chips so that I have a lot of unused MU. As as Chaos Theory starts with 5 MU, she seems like a great ID to use. Economy will come from pitching extra copies of programs with Freelance Coding Contract and Inject, with some drip economy coming from Data Folding. The smaller deck size will hopefully see me drawing important cards more reliably. We’ll see if it works.
Chaos Chips 1.0
Chaos Theory: Wünderkind (Revised Core Set)
Event (8):2x Deep Data Mining (Terminal Directive)
3x Freelance Coding Contract (Creation and Control)
1x Levy AR Lab Access (Creation and Control)
2x Inject (Up and Over) ••••
Hardware (5):5x NetChip (Business First)
2x Same Old Thing (Creation and Control)1x The Source (Creation and Control) ••
3x Data Folding (Order and Chaos)
1x Film Critic (Old Hollywood)
1x Paperclip (Blood Money) •••
1x Black Orchestra (Escalation) ••
1x MKUltra (Martial Law) ••
3x Adept (Terminal Directive)
3x Savant (Terminal Directive)
3x Overmind (Honor and Profit)
3x Sage (The Source)
1x Equivocation (Martial Law)
2x Self-modifying Code (Creation and Control)
2x Multithreader (Data and Destiny) ••
15 influence spent (maximum 15)
40 cards (min 40)
Cards up to Revised Core Set
I just played two games with this deck during lunch and it performed reasonable well. I won the first game 8-5, and I was up 4-1 when we had to call the second game.
I played against Jinteki: Replicating Perfection which, ugh. A large chuck of the deck’s economy comes from me trashing programs from my grip. Against Jinteki, net damage both kills my economy and brings me closer to a flatline. This was a poor matchup and I had to play carefully.
The MVP of the deck was definitely Film Critic. With Fetal AI and Obokata Protocol floating around together, there’s a lot of “when accessed” agenda nastiness to avoid. Especially when playing against RP.
I’m not sure about the economy. Multithreader is good when I have the rig set up, but it doesn’t help early game when I need credits to get pieces onto the table. Magnum Opus might be a better choice. It costs me a click to use, but the credits it makes can be used for anything. At 2 MU it also fits onto a Net Chip, but I need to have two chips installed before I can host it.