Agenda: Research • Adv: 3 • Score: 2

When you score Accelerated Beta Test, you may look at the top 3 cards of R&D. If any of those cards are ice, you may install and rez them, ignoring all costs. Trash the rest of the cards you looked at.

Haas-Bioroid • Rachel Borovic • Core Set #55
Links: Decklists | ANCUR
Accelerated Beta Test

One of the few “Three for Two” agendas, Accelerated Beta Test was, and still is, a staple among HB Decks. While its ability may not always be used (‘Fired’ as the lingo states) the fact that it is a 3/2 Agenda is strong for all decks. The ability to put it down and advance it out entirely in either one turn with tricks like Biotic Labor or SanSan City Grid or two turns without giving away that it is an agenda (because you don’t have to advance it the first turn to score) is very powerful.

Certainly this agenda found some more consistent use after Jackson Howard came onto the scene, giving a very common and useful way to protect the corporation against a bad activation of its ‘when scored’ ability. NEXT Design: Guarding the Net so gave it some life, with the math that 22-26 pieces of ICE is the way to ensure a full effect of NEXT’s first turn. That much ICE in a deck made firing an ABT much more reliable.

As the design space moved on to exclude further 3/2’s from the new card pool, ABT remains strong even with a less than always desirable ability. It will continue to be played in HB for all time, just because of its very cost effective to point value and ability to be scored out in one turn.

(Written during the meta of The Valley, part of the SanSan Cycle. For more reviews like it, visit

It really shines in HB: The Foundry-Decks, because if you find at least one ICE, the other two cards are save. Or as Lukas said: "Using The Foundry with ABT would prevent the other two cards from being installed or trashed." —

This card's strength has been significantly increased with the release of Team Sponsorship. Being able to add another 3 cards to your deck besides Jackson Howard that essentially nullify the downside of firing ABT is really incredible. This card's power level has always depended largely on the available card pool (Jackson Howard makes it safe to fire) and board state (knowing your ICE to agenda ratio in R&D is crucial), and the addition of Team Sponsorship to the card pool has really pumped up the effectiveness of ABT.

To add to this: if I recall correctly, because Team Sponsorship and ABT have abilities that trigger at the same time, the corp can select which triggers fire first. So, the corp can score ABT, and reinstall any juicy agendas in the newly opened scoring server. —

An automatic 3-of in any HB deck that isn't built around a specific agenda structure. Accelerated Beta Test provides what everyone wants in a game of mixed skill and luck: variance control.

In a game where you're winning or keeping pace with the runner, ABT is a blank 3/2 agenda, which is great. You always want to be able to fast-advance or never-advance out 2 points. In other words, it adds consistency to the game.

In a game where you're losing, you can fire an ABT to increase the effect of randomness on the outcome. You might hand the runner points and lose anyway, or you might drop a Heimdall 2.0 and a Tollbooth and suddenly make your scoring remote unbreakable.

That's only the value of the card on its own. Other reviewers have touched on combos with Biotic Labor, The Foundry: Refining the Process, Team Sponsorship, and NEXT Design: Guarding the Net.

If you're building your first corp deck, start with Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future and 3x Accelerated Beta Test. You won't be disappointed.

Calling something an auto-include in a game like netrunner is a risky thing. I run a HB glacier without it, since NAPD and 3-pointers were better. ABT is a great agenda, no doubt, but it all depends on your deck. —