Operation: Current • Cost: 2 • Influence: 3

This card is not trashed until another current is played or an agenda is stolen.

Choose an agenda in the Runner's score area. Media Blitz gains the text of that agenda.

NBN • Dmitry Prosvirnin • Data and Destiny 21
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Media Blitz
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As of Data & Destiny, here is a list of all agendas that Media Blitz can take advantage of:

Of these, HB seems to have the most to be excited about with Mandatory Upgrades. With a Media Blitz, losing one of these can actually make a fast-advance strategy easier by providing you a tempo boost after a moment of weakness. The Fragments also work well with Media Blitz as the one-per-deck restriction can now be worked around even if you lose this agenda early. Restructured Datapool could also provide an interesting way for tagstorm decks to consistently tax the runner, though not being able to combo the datapool with Surveillance Sweep is a significant drawback of this combo.

This list is very useful, thanks!There is no combo with Surveillance Sweep, since the sweep only affects traces during a run. —
It couldn't combo with #Surveillance Sweep anyway, because that's a current too. —
this functions with the big executives too right? haas, the board, victoria and what's his name from jinteki count as agendas when stolen —
Medical Breakthrough is one of the most impactful agendas for Media Blitz, for you will need only 1 copy in Runner's score area. Your second MB is 2\2 agenda and your third MB is 1\2 agenda! —
Does anyone know what the interaction between Media Blitz and The Board is? —
Philotic Entanglement? Oh you scored Philotic Entanglement and like 3 other 1 point agendas? Well, looks like I will Media Blitz that and you are now dead. —
Now reading the reddit thread on this, maybe Philotic doesn't work with Media Blitz. —
What about Private Security Force? —
I also wonder if you could forfeit Media Blitz as a False Lead.. —
@Zybot That doesn't work; you don't score Media Blitz. —
@Caïssa The FAQ specifically cites Private Security Force as an example of when Media Blitz does not gain benefit ("If the Runner is tagged, *Private Security Force* gains 1 click: do one meat damage..."). Since Media Blitz is /not/ Private Security Force, it does not gain that ability. —

I felt like this card needed a fresh review. So I did it.

Lore-wise, this card is pretty simplistic. The runner stole our secret project, so we fake it 'til we make it and lead the public to believe everything is on its way to be released. And it works, somehow, because masses tend to be pretty gullible, be it real world or far future corpofascist dystopia.

A list of Agenda cards Media Blitz will work with, post-Genesis and post-Spin rotation:

So, what would be worth blitzin' these days?

Sadly, what we've seen above is not much in terms of really interesting effects. Advanced Concept Hopper and Puppet Master come to mind as pretty interesting counters to active runners, while Net Quarantine seems pretty sweet too in a deck that utilizes traces and wishes to punish the runner trying to meet their requirements. About as much can be said about Improved Tracers, though this feels just a bit weaker.

Fragments do what Fragments did before, which might be useful - with Utopia Fragment you essentially get a more powerful Predictive Algorithm, while Hades Fragment gives you a kind of free Museum of History. Eden Fragment you mostly shouldn't consider. Unless you really like your glaciers, which you probably do.

Self-Destruct Chips can give you that one brain damage you were short of for a successful kill, while Dedicated Neural Net, Encrypted Portals and Superior Cyberwalls boost your defenses.

Gila Hands Arcology advertised with Media Blitz increases a little your efficiency in clicking for money, while Government Takeover allows you to make hecktons of cred - and you're going to need it as the opponent would like just one more point to win.

Medical Breakthrough deserves a separate note - if you feel like doing some fast-advancing in Jinteki, that is.

Media Blitz does not interact with Executive-type assets that were trashed and taken as agendas by a Runner - according to Lucas' own twitter, Director Haas won't give you a bonus click per turn and Chairman Hiro won't shrink your opponent's grip size as while in the score area they are both considered blank. Which is a tremendous shame, as that would make for an awesome combo.

Which leads me to think that this game really needs some more interesting agendas that don't contain a self-referencing rules text. Fingers crossed for Red Sand!

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