Transport Monopoly

Transport Monopoly 4/2

Agenda: Initiative

When you score this agenda, place 2 agenda counters on it.

Hosted agenda counter: This run cannot be declared successful. (This effect does not cause the run to become unsuccessful.) Use this ability only once per turn.

Once you're on the Space Elevator Authority's blacklist, you aren't going anywhere.
Illustrated by Zoe Cohen
Decklists with this card

Uprising (ur)

#121 • English
Startup Card Pool
Standard Card Pool
Standard Ban List (show history)
Printings
Uprising
Rulings
  • NISEI Uprising Release Notes [NISEI Rules Team]

    What happens at the time a run is supposed to become successful if the run "cannot be declared successful"?

    Step 6.9.5e of the run will do nothing, and abilities that look for a successful run will never see this run. The run proceeds through the remaining steps of the Approach Server Phase and the Run Ends Phase normally, including the Runner accessing cards from the attacked server. The run will not be declared unsuccessful either.

Reviews

It's more flexible than Crisium Grid and protects all servers against a variety of threats. Problem: it's a low-impact card in many matchups, and there are so many 4/2s and 5/3s you could have played instead. Offshore Office -- by no means a top-tier agenda -- is 7 credits upfront. How long will it take your Transport Monopoly to produce 7 credits worth of value?

Popular "if successful" cards:

  • It absolutely guts Apocalypse. They have to make 3 runs and then you prevent the third run from being declared successful. Then repeat this the following turn. Most Apocalypse decks do not have enough economy to run that much.
  • Diversion of Funds. A Diversion of Funds that goes through is up to a 10-credit swing effect. If Transport Monopoly kills even one Diversion, absolutely worth it.
  • Almost every runner (81% as of ban list 21.06) has Dirty Laundry. If you score Transport Monopoly, you could cut $10 from the runner. That's not terrible value for a 4/2. In some matchups, e.g. Shaper, this is probably the best you can hope for.
  • It sets back Stargate 2 turns.
  • It shuts down Counter Surveillance.
  • It's a minor delay to Conduit. They could just run again.
  • Hot Pursuit.

For reference, as of ban list 21.06, here are the most commonly used cards in standard which check if a run is successful:

  • Dirty Laundry (used in 81% of runner decks)
  • Stargate (29%)
  • Apocalypse (27%)
  • Diversion of Funds (20%)
  • Conduit (16%)
  • Hot Pursuit (10%)

(Minor examples include Embezzle, Wanton Destruction, Khusyuk, Steve Cambridge, CBI Raid, and Legwork).

(System Update 2021 era)

I've said this before, but I'm not the best at Netrunner. Now that that's out of the way...

Transport Monopoly honestly feels like a weaker version of Crisium Grid for two major reasons. First, it's an Agenda. Whereas Crisium would set the runner back 5 to dispose of it, the second they see it, they take it out of your hand and place it in their score area (unless they're running Film Critic as their restricted card). Furthermore, you can't spend influence to splash it elsewhere. Second, it has counters attached to it. Sure, Mark Yale lets you reap benefits from it, but unless you're placing it in Titan, it's a blank agenda after its second use.

That isn't to say this is a bad agenda; I just wanted to point out the glaring weaknesses before explaining why this agenda is good. Sure, it's not a hard end the run like Nisei MK II or Border Control. However, it does block some annoying card effects for the Corp. Khusyuk? Guess what, you're looking at the top card only. Dirty Laundry? Nope, you just wasted two credits for a run. The Maker's Eye becomes much weaker with one of these scored, and you can forget about fetching your killer lady with a Retrieval Run. Furthermore, this can be used in conjunction with Crisium Grid. You put a Crisium in the wrong server and the Runner's about to get those needed 9 credits from Hot Pursuit? Nope! Shut down with the Monopoly! And this Monopoly won't end friendships! Probably.

Final thoughts: Although a bit weaker than Crisium Grid, Transport Monopoly can be quite useful in a Weyland deck. It shuts down Runner cards that rely on successful runs, and can be fired on any server. Furthermore, although it's a once-per-turn ability, you can act like a classic thousand-cuts Jinteki and fire three off in a turn provided I'm not misreading that. If you need an extra two or four points in a Titan deck, this should benefit you greatly.

(Uprising era)

Great points. The only Weyland I'd be sure to run this in is Earth Station. Otherwise it's got tough competition from other green agendas.

I mostly agree with your assessment. I think what sets this apart from Crisium is that 1: it can't be turned off, except by Turntable. If the runner is rich, they can go into the server, trash your Crisium, and then go ham. This will always work against that. 2: this is essentially two Crisiums in one. But as you stated,as an agenda, this needs to be scored first, making it quite a but weaker. And it is a 4/2 on top of that,in a faction that struggles with 4/2's. So yeah, good but not great

Another special mention is how good this is at hosing Apocalypse. You can use it during their third run, meaning that they will always have to pay through all your ice. Crisum has to go on a specific server, so the runner can just run there first and trash it, and Apocalypse on the next turn, which costs them less.

You know, I keep forgetting Apocalypse is a thing...