7th at the 2023 UK Nationals
@Nicky3.0 (Sable), and
The one loss was to
(I also went undefeated with this list at the team tournament)
If there were another tournament tomorrow, I would take this list card-for-card without any changes.
With thanks and love to
@paulyg and all of the tournament organisers. After 3 consecutive, and wonderful, UK nationals, Sheffield has probably become my favourite UK city to visit. I look forward to the first excuse to travel up again next year.
Some great results from EA Sports 🏅, with 3 making the top cut, and another 3 in contention. Not a bad showing for our first tournament outing!
Special thanks to all of Unband 🍌 for being just a great group of people to hang out and play netrunner with 💙.
2023 UK Nationals was the toughest netrunner tournament that I can remember. The quality of netrunner I saw being played, by new and veteran players alike, was unbelievably high. I had to fight tooth and nail for each and every win, and no mistake that I made ever went unpunished. By the end of round 3 I was exhausted.
The tournament results seem to make it pretty clear that we are in a "Corp Meta". What that actually felt like on the day was that it was much easier to force mistakes out of the Runner (as Corp) than it was to force mistakes out of the Corp (as Runner). That doesn't mean that we got any free wins as Corp--we didn't--but it does mean that we were able to play through our bad draws.
All in all, and although it was exhausting, I think this makes for the best kind of netrunner.
This was a comfort pick, rather than a meta pick.
I was pretty set on taking Facet Ob to UK nationals, because I like tempo asset decks, and it was fun to play. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I couldn't figure out what the good and bad matchups were, and that made me uncomfortable. After 4 weeks of testing, I finally concluded that the Sable matchup was "really quite bad". UK has always had a preference for Criminal, so, on the day that we were travelling up to the event, I switched to rush Ob, but with a few (untested) changes.
Favoured vs Hoshiko
Even vs Shaper and Crim
Just terrible vs Esa
(see the original write-up for more details)
The piloting strategy hasn't changed, but we do have a couple of new tricks up our sleeve.
The only thing I would add is that it's important to pay attention to which agendas have been scored/stolen, because that changes how we are going to close the game. If there are 2 x oaktowns in the score/steal area, then we are probably looking at a fast advance closer (and we can start dismantling the remote to secure centrals). However, if we reach the end of the mid-game and there aren't any oaktowns in either score area, then we need to reinforce our remote because that is how we are going to have to score out!
Other (better) Rush Ob lists from Worlds played Thimblerig, for which I was very jealous. It's a great piece of ICE for forcing a decoder install out of Hoshiko, as they can't use Tsakhia "Bankhar" Gantulga to get through it. The same is also true of Boomerang and Botulus. Against Criminal, we can position the Thimblerig in front of HQ, and use it to swap in a Border Control to deny a Diversion of Funds.
5-star change. Strongly recommend.
With the Magnet out of the deck, we want another 3-cost code gate to replace it. It's a little gratuitous to play both Afshar and Winchester, but, actually, Afshar has great synergy with Thimblerig, so it's fine.
Whlie I hadn't played any Rush Ob since Worlds, several members of EA sports had been actively testing it, and they all said that Crisium Grid was super hot. It improves the Criminal and Shaper matchups, but is a dead card against Hoshiko. On the day, it saved my bacon against a turn 2 Diversion of Funds, which proved key in defending an economically poor draw against Sable.
Slash and Burn Agriculture has the advantage over Audacity of not requiring there to be a set number of cards in hand, which is particularly relevant when we have an atlas counter, and we want to fast advance to close, but we are facing Maw.
It's worth noting the Slash and Burn Agriculture + Azef Protocol + Tithe combo (to tutor out Spin Doctor to shuffle back Slash and Burn Agriculture), not because it happens frequently (it happened once in the tournament), but because it requires some work to set up. Either with Extract or Tucana (or both).
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