This list goes quick and plays dirty. This is not beautiful, elegant Netrunner. This is a hammer sellotaped to a rocket and some crossed fingers. Here’s a gif from continental championship runner-up tugtetgut:
The scrabble for a playable corp was pretty real for continentals this year. I knew that I didn’t want to play Titan (can’t draw an Atlas to save my life) and when I listed out all the other meta corps I mostly wrote “dies to 419/Leela” or “I can’t play this very well” against most of them. I tried a bunch of different GameNet builds, Earth Station, RP, Blue Sun and Jinja Outfit and wasn’t really happy with how any of them played against criminal.
Out of a mix of desperation and curiosity, I decided to try some games with The King’s recent rude-style Outfit list. I honestly wasn’t sure how it would go against criminal but I won some games and some more games… Asger and I spent an evening playing it a few days before the tournament and most of that time was spent laughing and winning by dropping six points into archives but we did decide that the ice was slightly too light and slightly too expensive and set about making some changes.
A Spiderweb went in for one of the Bulwarks, to provide some Boomerang protection, and we dropped a Reversed Accounts to make room for an Engram Flush. This proved occasionally good against criminals who were determined to get a Bravado off as soon as possible (potentially knocking breakers our of hand) and also is a real ice on the remote when it comes to scoring a City Works Project. Asger was also convinced that Ark Lockdown had the potential to do some good work against criminals running 1 Paperclip as their only barrier breaker, so that went in for one of the Archived Memories.
The deck plays fast and has various routes to victory. Interestingly almost all my wins were from kills whilst almost all of Asger’s were from scoring out. I guess he’s a nicer person than me?
Consulting Visit and Archived Memories give you loads of flexibility to play with your operations, grabbing Dedication Ceremonies, Ark Lockdown etc. from thin air and it’s quite a lot of fun trying to work out what your best chance of victory is whilst keeping your options open. Reg crim (biggest chunk of the field) is what you expect to beat and you can normally rush shaper. Freedom can be a little bit tricky though your high-strength ice can be very helpful if you can draw them and stop all your precious operations from getting trashed. Geist is more or less unwinnable.
Reflecting on this deck, we think that DRM could be good to fit in given the easy access you have to Dedication Ceremonies and how much it hurts criminals to take a City Works Project. As a known quantity this deck will lose a bit of power but it still challenges your opponents to play precisely.
27 Jul 2020 percomis
27 Jul 2020 paulyg