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LOCAL NEWS COMPANY THOUGHT "DEFUNCT" SINCE 2020 KILLS THREE SEPARATE HACKERS WITH SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES IN ONE DAY, TAKEN DOWN BY GIRL WITH INFINITE CASH, COMES IN THIRD PLACE AND WINS A TACO TRUCK (playmat)! READ ON FOR DETAILS!
Folks, in 2-6 months Data and Destiny will rotate, and we'll lose some beautiful identities. I've already helped with a fantastic minifaction deck, everyone loves Spark, SYNC is R+ but worse...
And then there's poor lonely New Angeles Sol. With the banning of all currents in June of 2020, an already bad identity became arguably the worst ID in all of standard. It's useless ability is so obviously terrible that it's been in a total of 2 standard tournaments since December 2019 (the last time it did well), and in both of those tournaments it came dead last.
Thus, before it rotates, the world's biggest data and destiny fan (me) decided to do another tribute deck. Last time it was to a card many of us loved, but this time I decided to celebrate an identity nobody has thought about in years. In the process, I also managed to become the first player in 3 years and also possibly the last player EVER to get top 3 at a competitive standard tournament with Sol.
So how do we do that? How do we win Netrunner with a blank identity?
The thing is, there are two ways to win in Netrunner. You can win through tempo, through pressuring the runner with powerful economy and smart moves to keep them from getting into servers, through a deck that's legitimately seriously competitive and can play to all possible outs...
Or at least you can when you're not playing with the newsies. It's not really possible for us to out-econ the runner in any fair way given that we have a blank Id ability. What we can do, however, is focus extra hard on the OTHER way to win at netrunner: by punishing the runner as hard as possible for every missed opportunity, every unsafe play, and every mistake they make.
So, that's what I built this deck to do! Gaslight, Rashida Jaheem, and NGO Front can all be shoved into a server to tempt the runner; if they don't run, we pop them for value, and if they do run, we HHN them. The ice is expensive and annoying to break, but with lots of ETR subroutines so we can score out early agendas. The agendas are either able to be quickly scored out with a Seamless Launch or taxing to steal. The deck is built not to win games fairly, but to try and rush out agendas and win behind cheap ice, and then punish the runner BIG time if they ever misplay.
I'm genuinely shocked at how well this plan worked. It's a lot easier to punish tag-me misplays when you can Gaslight out a BOOM (which won me a game), and it was really easy to setup a server with multiple cheap ice the runner had to break to score agendas and Rashidas out of. The one game I lost was to a smart and careful Hoshiko because you can't HHN a runner with Liberated Account and Fermenter money, haha.
Altogether, I'm proud that I was able to do something so fucking hilariously stupid at a real tournament, and I'm even more impressed that it didn't fall flat on it's face as I half expected it to. I hope you'll consider this deck proof, friends, that with careful planning based around punishing runner mistakes, even a bad corp identity can sometimes win games. Take notes, Thule.
16 Apr 2023 JuniperTheory
17 Apr 2023 izzy
I for one think you really captured the zeitgeist of the current moment.
17 Apr 2023 PreNic
Nice! <3 I also love how much that deck tells us about HHN being a perfectly balanced card.
17 Apr 2023 Jinsei
This flies in the face of everything we believe and know about deckbuilding.
I think Thule is actually not bad tho. Janky, sure, but not bad...
17 Apr 2023 CryOfFrustration
As a TarMar enthusiast, I salute you! You've given Sol the send-off it deserves!
17 Apr 2023 sebastiank
I want to watch andrej play with a blank ID, so have a comment :P
17 Apr 2023 squeeeeeege
Future decklist of the week lets gooooooooooo
18 Apr 2023 Huggernautilus
Thule is good, the best id in standard, and that is my only complaint about this powerhouse
18 Apr 2023 Cpt_nice
I'd like to thank Paillu for helping me develop this and putting up with me, Doomrat for suggesting an even more deranged version that I didn't run but that made me consider it even more carefully, and a bunch of the testers who dealt with me being dodgy about why i was running 49 card azmari and choosing "none" every turn