[Project CROW 2 - L2] Install Cycy, install Pelangi, go

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Project CROW

This deck is part of the second iteration of the Project CROW mini-campaign for beginners familiar with System Core 2019. It is once again meant as a glimpse into current competitive Standard decks and shows a match between Jinteki and Shaper. It starts off with a match between Jinteki: Replicating Perfection against Chaos Theory: Wünderkind and ends up with Pālanā Foods: Sustainable Growth against Hayley Kaplan: Universal Scholar in four steps.

On every level the newly introduced cards are explained step by step until reaching the two decks that placed at second and tenth place played by @Testrunning and @qvm respectively at the World Championship 2019 in Rotterdam!

If you are confused by the name, there is a great meme in the netrunner community around the Corp deck of the first iteration of Project CROW. And if you have feedback regarding these decks, feel free to contact me on Slack!


Corp 1: Bröther, may I have some clïcks? Runner 1: Sellin everything and the kitchen sink

Corp 2: What Costa the World? Runner 2: Install Cycy, install Pelangi, go

Corp 3: You thought this food was for you? Runner 3: Cowabunga, dude!

Corp 4: 2 Grid for 2 Place Runner 4: Surfing Rainbows (for value)

Overview lists

These list show you what cards to put in and out for every game transition: Corp overview, Runner overview.

Common Part

In this level we're giving the corporation their win condition in La Costa Grid, which was part of NISEI's Uprising Booster Pack. It allows to score out Nisei MK II under the disguise of other assets. This will a whole new level of pressure on the runner.

The second vector of attack is Obokata Protocol, which puts the runner under a tempo constraint. Stealing it often means spending the next 4 clicks to draw back up.

This plays into the Corporation identity: Pālanā Foods: Sustainable Growth, which gains 1 the first time each turn the Runner draws a card.

The last important new addition is Excalibur, which is a piece of ice with the mythic subtype. This type of ice can not be broken by normal means and its subroutine will prevent the Runner from initiating any further runs on this turn. Together with Border Control, this allows the Corporation to score out any agenda they want. To stop this from happening, the Runner deck includes 3x Pelangi with which they can paint any subtype on the piece of ice they're encountering. This ability being only once per turn puts the Runner in some interesting decisions on recurring Pelangi with their Clone Chips.

Runner Part

In this level the Runner breaker suite changed considerably. Besides Corroder we now use Cyber-Cypher (short Cycy) and Ika, which are very efficient breakers with a quirk. Cycy only works on a single server, which has to be chosen when installing it. As an upside it starts with a whopping 4 strength and is a very efficient breaker. Together with Pelangi, this allows contesting even strongly iced remotes early on. Ika on the other hand has to be moved around constantly and is best when stationary on a single piece of problematic ice.

The Armitage Codebustings, that were mostly used as fodder for Aesop's Pawnshop in the last level were now replaced with Cache. This card gives you incredible value combined with the new ID Hayley Kaplan: Universal Scholar. With Hayley you can often play as if your turns had 5 clicks by installing the program you wanted plus a Cache, which nets you 2c directly and 3c when sold to Aesop's at the start of next turn. Additionally you can even use Hayleys ID ability during the Corp's turn with Clone Chip and Self-modifying Code for even more value.

Try to always keep around at least one Clone Chip to be able to break an Excalibur in the case that the Corp purges virus tokens.