This is the Runner deck I put together for Toronto’s last (official) Netrunner tournament. After playing SO MUCH VAL over the years, I wanted to play with one of the new IDs. I have a fondness for 40-card decks and Clan Vengeance is good, so: Gnat!
@formerteen also played this list, and together we went undefeated (8-0) in Swiss.
My Corp was a card-for-card Skorporate Town. It has winnable matchups across the board, and the ID ability can force CV decks to make some sub-optimal plays.
Anyway, back to Gnat. There were some Gnat CV lists floating around, but I found they were too poor, and used cards like Patchwork and Guinea Pig that made hand management awkward. You're trashing so many cards that you tend to want the few left in your hand (because they're Stimhacks).
So, I made some changes:
The result is a deck that sets up extraordinarily quickly and can start threatening a full-hand CV wipe by turn 3 or 4. It seldom wins just by throwing points into the trash, but if you can pull an agenda or two from the remote (thanks, Stimhack!) or centrals, you'll usually find whatever else you need to win in Archives. Val with Employee Strike and CV is probably still better, but this deck is still damn good.
Round 1 vs. Smoke and Sportsmetal
Corp: Kyle is playing a fun Smoke with Embezzle, Laamb and Knifed. It's a spicy brew that I don't see coming. I leave HQ open and promptly get most of my ice Embezzled right out of my hand. I forgot to remove the Embezzle with my Skorp ability, so he clears out a bunch of operations a few turns later using Same Old Thing. I'm on the ropes, but manage to score some points while he digs for Film Critic and then Hunter Seeker one of his breakers after he takes an Atlas. It all comes down to a Batty/Archer psi game which wipes his remaining rig and he scoops.
Runner: I feel bad about this one. Kyle mulls into a mitt full of agendas, and I'm on 5 points really quickly. A Stimhack into the remote a few turns later, plus a misplay where Kyle neglected to boost an IP Block trace that would have let Giordano Memorial Field fire, gets me the last agenda. Never even installed Clan Vengeance... 2-0
Round 2 vs. Mti Mwekundu and Reina
Runner: Steve had a stellar Store Champs season and is playing a spicy Mti with Punitive Counterstrike. Without Employee Strike the Mti matchup can be tricky, but you can always wipe their hand of ice using Clan Vengeance, which blanks their ID. Steve starts rushing pretty fast, but I sniff out a naked agenda, and then get the rest of the points out of Archives.
Corp: I rush some agendas, and then he fires Indexing click one and finds 7 points. Welp. 3-1
Round 3 vs. Valencia and Mti
Runner: It's my first time meeting and playing Andrej from the Metropole Grid! He's on Political Dealings and Estelle Moon, and gets a fantastic start, finding all 3 Moons right away. Fortunately, my first CV wipes out a lot of his good ice (so long, Chiyashi!) and he's forced to Biotic a Viral Weaponization off the table just to clear a Hacktivist. I think I topdecked an agenda from R&D, and then found 6 more points in the trash after CVing post-Rashida. This game could have gone very differently if Andrej had found a Jeeves, but props to his steely poker face that always made me think he had some dangerous ice in HQ.
Corp: I score 6 with an Atlas token before he can find his Black Orchestra. Play 3 copies of your breakers in Val, kids. 5-1
Round 4: ID
A huge shoutout to my would-be opponent this round, Matt, for making the top cut at his very first Netrunner tournament!
Top cut Round 1 vs. @lopert on CtM
I take a look at his decklists and see his Val is running 3 copies of each breaker and 3 Maxwell James, so I throw Skorpios in the garbage and opt to run vs. his CtM. It's a slog of a game (I think I Stimhacked four times). He can't find ice for R&D so I opt for the Severnius play, digging deep for 4 points over two turns. I eventually wipe his hand with CV, finding no agendas but seeing all of his tag punishment. TIME TO GO TAG ME! We both get to 6 points, but he played around CV by burying most of his agendas with Daily Business Show and they don't come back to the top of R&D in time for either of us to win. It's a timed draw, but my higher seeding carries me. 1-0
Top cut Round 2 vs. @d1en on Valencia
Staring across the table at Canada's best Netrunner player is always a bit intimidating, but Dien has been a huge part of the Toronto meta and a great ambassador for the game. I'm glad I got to play him at what will likely be my last official tourney.
Between Inject and Ark Lockdown, I remove two early breakers from the game, which lets me rush to 6 points. But a combination of CV, Rebirth, and Divide and Conquer means I never get to draw the winning Hostile. I likely made a mistake by not over-advancing an Atlas, but I was under a lot of pressure and didn't want to leave it in the server for another turn.
Sadly, I did not get to Stimhack because the rules won't let you when you play Corp. 1-1
Top cut Round 3 vs. Michael on Kabonesa Wu
Mike has been brewing a Wu deck for months, and I'm stoked that it carried him into the cut. He's got both Laamb and Engolo, which means Skorp has to trash a lot of breakers to get the lockout... Fortunately, that's exactly what I'm able to do after he takes the bait on a Standoff (letting me Hunter Seeker the Engolo) and faceplants into a Tithonium on HQ. This was one of those Skorp games where you draw the perfect flow of ice, money and agendas.
Landing in the Top 4 netted me a fancy Wu alt art, which I promptly gave to Mike because he deserves it. 2-1
Top cut Round 4 vs. @lopert on CtM (again)
So, back at it again with Alex. We sat down and joked that it would be funny if we ended up drawing at 6 again. WE DID. If anyone is compiling a list of ridiculous Netrunner achievements, I'm pretty sure we qualify. 3-1
p.s. I'm sorry, Alex.
p.p.s. I Stimhacked 5 times in this game.
Top cut Round 5 vs. Terence on Mti
Mti glacier is a tough matchup. Between Nisei tokens, a mix of good/weird ice, and defensive upgrades, the remote can be tough to crack, which means you almost certainly need to win through Vengeance.
Unfortunately, that's hard to do in an 8-agenda deck and my first 6-card CV is a total whiff. In the meantime, Terence has scored two Niseis. I manage to walk through a Cortex Lock on R&D a few times (more CV counters, yay!) to find 5 points. However, I faceplant into a Crick on Archives after a second CV without the bank to break, letting him put the winning Obokata into the remote. I probably should have seen that one coming... 3-2
Congrats to Terence for always playing with guile.
I'm elated that I did so well at the last Toronto tourney. Feels good to go out on a relatively high note. And hey, if you're heading to Worlds in September, I think this deck could be a strong (non-Val) contender. Stimhack wins games after all...
Lastly, I just want to take a moment and acknowledge the incredible Toronto Netrunner meta. We always strived to be a progressive, inclusive and supportive group, and I'm proud to have been a part of the community. I met some of my best friends through this game, people even came to play Netrunner with me when I was in the hospital, and I once Stimhacked myself to death on stream. All things I'll never forget.
There are too many people to thank, but if you're reading this you know who you are. Even if the game is ending, I hope our community can continue.
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