🎸 Ashnikko 🎸 - 5th/10th @ EMEA

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An alt art Hoshiko we had made, photoshopping her head onto Ashnikko's body.

This is the latest version of EA Sports' Ashnikko deck, which we have played at a few different tournaments and which CobraBubbles and I both took to the cut at EMEA Continentals. 😊


True Believers

A quote from Cobrabubbles' tournament prep document that reads "You are the big bad bitch of the meta. You can win any game. Play as such - have confidence, execute your gameplan, apply pressure in the game and at the table.

Ashnikko might not be the meta presence she was a month or two ago but she's still a badass and we can still crush it.

After American Conts we knew that certain cowards would abandon the deck but we never lost faith and 5 of us took it to EMEA including AAshbo, cursor and Bartimeaus.

This deck gets worse when you go above minimum deck size (shocker), so we needed to maintain consistency, maximise bankhar and continue to be amazing generally.


PD Problems

A discord thread, Ollie says "I do think deck changes will be required to get a decent PD matchup Happy to help people test in the week though", not_yeti responds "I've not found PD to be a problem so happy to help test"

At APAC two weeks ago our team mate, Ollie, lost to a fast HB decks that had learned they could score out before we were able to setup and control the remote since NANPC Boston.

After a little testing it turned out that we were totally f****d! I played probably 25 games against various PDs with the previous version of this list and came out with less than a 25% winrate...

I was dead set on not changing the list for a long time (sorry team) but eventually gave in. The idea that I liked most was the inclusion of Botulus which required us to cut Raindrops Cut Stone, which I ultimately didn't end up missing.

With that the matchup felt better but after 55 test games in the 2 weeks before EMEA my personal winrate was still sitting well below 50%...

My teammates could notice the matchup was getting to me when once I threw my cards across the table at Aashbo after he scored a Luminal Transubstantiation and I threatened to kidnap lostgeek ahead of the tournament to get the 3/2 banned.

The Tournament

I played against 3 aggressive HB decks during swiss.

The first was against Veronica on PD with Project Vitruvius and Biotic Labor, which I lost to, however I was very happy with my play in that game and had multiple good accesses after getting to 6 points.

The second was against Toron and despite some mistakes on my part I was able to pull of a win that felt comfortable (or at least as comfortable as one can be in a room that is 35C).

Finally, I was paired up against Percomis in my final round for a 241 into the cut, the judge flipped a coin and it was decided, my Hoshiko into his PD....

After the game I walked out with my head in my hands, told my friends about the coin flip... and then told them how I absolutely crushed it!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽

If it hadn't been for the huge amount of practice I put into that matchup, I don't think I would have been able to convert the game into a win but we got exactly what we needed early and locked him out of the game.

This deck is like Batman, give her enough prep time and anything is a favoured matchup.


Thanks

The tournament was the most fun I have ever been too, shoutouts to Kikai (I felt like we were sharing a brain for lots of this weekend), Cobrabubbles (who took the exact same 85 cards as me to this tournament and crushed it), AAshbo (who helped me grind dozens of games in the leadup to this tournament), KamiKami (who kindly ID'd with me in round 2), davz_131 (*who was as lovely as I remembered, Netrunner makes you close friends very quickly*), Ollie, aceempress, l0velace, J0n4ld, koga, Sauc3, zoehope, everyone in EA Sports and everyone else who made the weekend so wonderful.

I have more detailed notes on how to pilot the deck, if you are interested send me a message.

Anyways... now it seems like I have an Ob problem to solve 😉

10 comments
3 Jul 2024 Ollie

45 cards, very impressive.

3 Jul 2024 Jai

SHOTS FIRED

3 Jul 2024 CobraBubbles

45 card supremacy PROVEN 💪

3 Jul 2024 jan tuno

this is the only deck that beat the ob! so good

3 Jul 2024 Kikai

Have you thought about adding more breakers and draw?

3 Jul 2024 sebastiank

Wowww I didn't know that playing a sick af 60+ card shaper deck with kickflips galore instead of the dominant runner for the past two years and the dominant faction for the past nine was cowardly!! You learn new things every day ;)

4 Jul 2024 davz131

So sick to see how you've mastered the essence of punk rap made Netrunner

4 Jul 2024 Fridan

Keeping my partner up till 1am to tell her about your incredible PD story arc was a real highlight. Just a thought for the Ob matchup: maybe you could add some draw and tech cards?

4 Jul 2024 HaverOfFun

Damn time to rebrand to HaverOfCowardice ig cause I'll never leave the shade of my tree! Still an awesome job with this list from all of ya!

4 Jul 2024 not_yeti

Spongebob me, squidward says "I'm a tai breaker", spongebob says "that means he's scared of cutting cards", patrick says "my hoshiko is at minimum deck size", spongebob says "stop it you're scaring him"