Netrunner Spring 2015 Season

Netrunner Spring 2015 Season

Starting next Tuesday, we’ll begin our Spring 2015 Season. And for Spring 2015, we’ve got THREE Organized Play Kits coming in. Two of these kits will be used for our league play, and one kit will be used for a one day Game Night Tournament, yet to be announced. This will give everyone the opportunity to earn a full playset of those Pop-Up Window Alt-Art cards! If you have more questions about our events, feel free to email us: info@boardintoledo.com or message us on Facebook.

Android Netrunner Spring 2015 Season Info

Ypsilanti Netrunner Store Championship

Ypsilanti Netrunner Store Championship

On Saturday, March 7th, four of us from Toledo made the trip up to Fun 4 All Comics & Games for their Android Netrunner Store Championship. It was a great time. Thanks to all the Michiganders for their hospitality.

We’ll be sharing our individual detailed write ups separately, so look for those soon!

Rankings after Five Rounds of Swiss

Rank Name Prestige SoS RW CW W-T-L
1. Tim Vaduva
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Near-Earth Hub)
17 56 4 5 4-1-0
2. Grant Nelson
(Chaos Theory / NEXT Design)
14 60 3 4 3-1-1
3. Matt Wilson
(Andromeda / Near-Earth Hub)
14 55 4 3 3-1-1
4. Derek Ballou
(Silhouette / Near-Earth Hub)
14 53 2 5 2-3-0
5. Braden Galambus
(The Professor / Custom Biotics)
14 34 3 2 2-1-1
6. Benjamin Fetter
(The Professor / Custom Biotics)
12 50 3 3 2-2-1
7. Raphael Nishimura
(Valencia Estevez / Tennin Institute)
12 44 2 4 1-4-0
8. Brandon Rice
(Rielle “Kit” Peddler / Engineering the Future)
10 53 3 3 2-2-1
9. Andrew Webber
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Engineering the Future)
10 52 3 3 1-4-0
10. Larry Carter
(Rielle “Kit” Peddler / Making News)
10 52 3 2 1-3-1
11. Joel Szirony
(Leela Patel / Blue Sun)
10 51 3 2 2-1-2
12. Malik Mathis
(Exile / Personal Evolution)
10 48 3 2 2-1-2
13. Jake Noble
(Edward Kim / Tennin Institute)
10 48 2 3 2-2-1
14. Josh Gorciak
(The Professor / Custom Biotics)
10 41 3 2 1-3-1
15. Ryan Bowler
(Edward Kim / Blue Sun)
8 67 3 1 1-2-2
16. Zach Jacobson
(Iain Stirling / Custom Biotics)
8 47 3 1 1-2-2
17. Jacob Merkle
(Gabriel Santiago / Personal Evolution)
8 46 3 1 1-2-2
18. Chris Clarke
(The Professor / Custom Biotics)
7 38 1 0 0-1-3
19. Charles Townsend
(Quetzal / Titan Transnational)
6 56 1 2 0-3-2
20. Travis Peters
(Noise / Personal Evolution)
6 44 0 1 0-1-3
21. Max Williams
(Chaos Theory / Cerebral Imaging)
6 42 1 2 1-1-3
22. Joe Groves (forfeit)
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Engineering the Future)
6 20 0 1 0-1-1
23. Tim Steasick (forfeit)
(MaxX / Blue Sun)
4 16 0 0 0-0-2

SoS: Strength of Schedule / RW: Runner Wins / CW: Corp Wins / W-T-L: Win-Tie-Loss

Pairings for Round 5

Player 1 Player 2
Table 1 Matt Wilson vs Tim Vaduva
Table 2 Derek Ballou vs Grant Nelson
Table 3 Braden Galambus vs Malik Mathis
Table 4 Benjamin Fetter vs Ryan Bowler
Table 5 Larry Carter vs Josh Gorciak
Table 6 Brandon Rice vs Andrew Webber
Table 7 Zach Jacobson vs Raphael Nishimura
Table 8 Jake Noble vs Charles Townsend
Table 9 Travis Peters vs Joel Szirony
Table 10 Max Williams vs Jacob Merkle
Table 11 Chris Clarke vs Bye

Results

Round 1
1 Braden Galambus vs Ryan Bowler 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
2 Josh Gorciak vs Andrew Webber 0 : 3 (R 0:1 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Benjamin Fetter vs Grant Nelson 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Zach Jacobson vs Malik Mathis 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Chris Clarke vs Jake Noble 3 : 1 (R 2:0 C · C 1:1 R)
6 Tim Vaduva vs Joel Szirony 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
7 Raphael Nishimura vs Charles Townsend 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
8 Tim Steasick (forfeit) vs Max Williams 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
9 Larry Carter vs Matt Wilson 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
10 Jacob Merkle vs Brandon Rice 0 : 3 (R 0:1 C · C 0:2 R)
11 Derek Ballou vs Travis Peters 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
12 Joe Groves (forfeit) vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 2
1 Grant Nelson vs Malik Mathis 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Joe Groves (forfeit) vs Max Williams 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Ryan Bowler vs Matt Wilson 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Derek Ballou vs Tim Vaduva 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
5 Brandon Rice vs Chris Clarke 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
6 Andrew Webber vs Charles Townsend 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
7 Raphael Nishimura vs Jake Noble 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
8 Joel Szirony vs Tim Steasick (forfeit) 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
9 Zach Jacobson vs Larry Carter 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
10 Jacob Merkle vs Benjamin Fetter 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
11 Josh Gorciak vs Travis Peters 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
12 Braden Galambus vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 3
1 Grant Nelson vs Brandon Rice 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Joe Groves (forfeit) vs Derek Ballou 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Max Williams vs Matt Wilson 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Ryan Bowler vs Tim Vaduva 0 : 3 (R 0:2 C · C 0:1 R)
5 Andrew Webber vs Braden Galambus 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
6 Malik Mathis vs Charles Townsend 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
7 Raphael Nishimura vs Joel Szirony 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
8 Chris Clarke vs Josh Gorciak 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
9 Jake Noble vs Travis Peters 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
10 Jacob Merkle vs Zach Jacobson 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
11 Benjamin Fetter vs Larry Carter 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
12 Tim Steasick (forfeit) vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 4
1 Grant Nelson vs Matt Wilson 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
2 Derek Ballou vs Brandon Rice 2 : 1 (R 0:1 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Tim Vaduva vs Jake Noble 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Andrew Webber vs Raphael Nishimura 1 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 1:0 R)
5 Josh Gorciak vs Ryan Bowler 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
6 Max Williams vs Malik Mathis 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
7 Braden Galambus vs Charles Townsend 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
8 Joel Szirony vs Benjamin Fetter 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
9 Zach Jacobson vs Chris Clarke 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
10 Jacob Merkle vs Larry Carter 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
11 Travis Peters vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 5
1 Matt Wilson vs Tim Vaduva 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
2 Derek Ballou vs Grant Nelson 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Braden Galambus vs Malik Mathis 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Benjamin Fetter vs Ryan Bowler 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
5 Larry Carter vs Josh Gorciak 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
6 Brandon Rice vs Andrew Webber 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
7 Zach Jacobson vs Raphael Nishimura 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
8 Jake Noble vs Charles Townsend 3 : 0 (R 1:0 C · C 2:0 R)
9 Travis Peters vs Joel Szirony 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
10 Max Williams vs Jacob Merkle 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
11 Chris Clarke vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)

Statistics

Runner Identities

Corp Identities

Wins

Wins by Runner Faction

Wins by Corp Faction

Wins by Runner Identity

Wins by Corp identity

Win Types


 

Top 8 Cut Double Elimination Bracket

Android Netrunner Store Championship Top 8

Android Netrunner Winter 2014 Top 4 Playoff Report

Android Netrunner Winter 2014 Top 4 Playoff Report

I’ve been playing Netrunner with Joel since about December 2013, and we’ve steadily become more involved in our local community surrounding this awesome game. We host our tournaments at our FLGS, Frogtown Hobbies. The space there is fantastic with tons of room, and the staff is top-notch, always willing to help out and work with us to help grow the community. There really was no Netrunner scene there until Joel and I approached them; and after one season now, we’ve had a season high of 11 attendees on our regular league nights. Since this was more or less a trial run of our community-growing abilities, Frogtown got us just one Winter Tournament prize kit to test our mettle. And so began the grueling 16-week-long season (8 events) to pick out the most consistent players to participate in a top 4 playoff. Enough of that nonsense, let’s get to some profiles. 

Starting from the top of the standings:

Joel – By far the most consistently winning of all the participants. He’s been playing for a while now and really shows it. Usual decks you’re likely to see him with throughout the season are fairly standard Andy/Gabe decks and his Blue Sun flatline. During the beginning stages of discovering Netrunner, he ran mostly Jinteki: PE, so coincidentally we saw him returning to his roots on playoff night with Andromeda and Jinteki: PE. We’d typically collect $5 from everyone for tournament night entry; Frogtown would take $5 toward paying for the prize kit, and the top half of winners each night got store credit. So needless to say, Joel’s Netrunner purchases have been largely paid for over the past few months.

Larry – My favorite factions are Shaper and NBN, but I’m definitely not afraid to branch out if I have a decent deck idea to build around. During the season I played quite a few different types of decks including some Professor, Kate Workshop, Kit Stealth,  HB:ETF brain damage build, Industrial Genomics (super fun), Jinteki: RP, and NBN: Making News. I worked on different styled builds of Making News for quite a long time during the season, but once O&C dropped, I threw a couple Traffic Accidents in and the rest can be explained below. My Kit Stealth deck was really fun to play, and I found that once my rig was established, I could get in pretty much anywhere without much of a problem, but it was a bit too slow. I still ended up playing Kit, but no stealth. Instead we got the pressure out early with Cyber-Cyphers and eventually Torch.

Austin – This guy. The bane of my existence. During the regular season, my record against him is something like 2-20. I’d typically just flip the closest table over if we got paired. Austin’s definitely the most versatile player I’ve seen at our league nights. He’ll play pretty much anything if he’s seen some decent action around it. I’ve seen him play Harmony Medtech, Nasir, The Foundry, NEXT Design, MaxX, Leela — and he’s always just killing it with them. One match he turn 2 flatlined me with a PE deck when, with 3 cards in hand, I hit a Snare! on my first turn click 3, cleared the tag for 4 (why?!). Austin’s turn, install advance advance, top deck and score a Clone Retirement, one damage from PE for the flatline. Never again. Either way, Austin’s got a great grasp of card game mechanics from playing Magic and has been playing Netrunner since before I started. He rolled with a couple tier 1 sets for playoff night, Prepaid Kate and NEH FA.

Jacob – He’s running Noise and Jinteki: PE at all times. That’s all you need to know. He’ll bluff your face off and shell his remotes till you have no more cards left in your deck. He’s usually packing a single Scorched Earth for your click 4 Snare! or Kitsune action. Great guy, always there and ready to play. His Noise deck changes throughout the season, but for sure you’ll see Cache-Shop style. Some of the most exciting games I’ve played in our leagues have been against this guy, and he definitely deserved to make it as far as he did. See the opening sentence in this paragraph if you want to know what he’s running for the playoffs.

Sorry for all that, anyways we played a round robin playoff since everyone was pretty much indifferent toward the style. I struggled between wanting to play my RP deck or my very fun NBN: Making News deck that I’ve been working on most of the season. Decklists below:

 

NBN: Making News

Agenda (10)
3x AstroScript Pilot Program
3x NAPD Contract
2x Private Security Force
2x Project Beale

Asset (5)
2x Daily Business Show
3x Jackson Howard

Operation (18)
3x Hedge Fund
2x Manhunt
3x Midseason Replacements
3x Psychographics
2x Scorched Earth   ••••• •••
1x SEA Source
2x Sweeps Week
2x Traffic Accident   ••

Barrier (3)
2x TMI
1x Wraparound

Code Gate (6)
1x Inazuma   ••
3x Pop-up Window
2x Tollbooth

Sentry (7)
3x Data Raven
2x Flare
1x Information Overload
1x Shinobi   •••

15 influence spent (max 15)
20 agenda points (between 20 and 21)
49 cards (min 45)

Basic title of this deck is “You will be tagged.” Manhunt is a really good current that gets really annoying to runners and stops a lot of early face-checking until a decent economy is set up. With 2 extra credits for that trace every turn, it at least negates a click to clear that tag on click 4. Best scenario is Midseasons in hand and let the runner score an NAPD. At the least, it’s a trace 8 with Making News, and that’s usually enough to make the runner go “oh well” and take all the tags rather than fight it. This is where Daily Business Show comes in handy. At that point, I dump my agendas back into R&D except for Private Security Force with Jackson, protect R&D and wait for either 2 Scorched Earths, or one Scorched Earth and a Traffic Accident. Single Plascrete Carapace can usually be sniped by a Flare early game. Shinobi won me a game at a store championship recently, and Inazuma into Information Overload after a Midseasons is usually a straight win for me since it usually takes too long to recover by the time I get my meat damage pieces in hand. Sea Source for a big pinch with 2 Scorched in hand. Other alternative is Psychographics a PSF out with one Scorched in hand. Click, click for 2 meat damage with PSF and Scorch for the flatline. Otherwise, pretty easy to Astro-train out with Psychographics combinations. Just a lot of really good options in this deck.


Rielle “Kit” Peddler: Transhuman

Event (17)
3x Diesel
3x Dirty Laundry
2x Legwork   ••••
3x Stimhack   •••
3x Sure Gamble
3x Tinkering

Hardware (5)
2x Astrolabe
3x Clone Chip

Resource (12)
3x Daily Casts
2x Kati Jones
3x Professional Contacts
1x Utopia Shard   •
3x Woman in the Red Dress

Icebreaker (10)
1x Cerberus “Lady” H1
3x Cyber-Cypher
1x Deus X
1x Mimic   •
1x Sharpshooter
1x Snowball
2x Torch

Program (4)
1x Datasucker   •
3x Self-modifying Code

10 influence spent (max 10)
48 cards (min 45)

I really had a fun time with this deck, fast enough to be strong early game with Tinkering and Cyber-Cypher. And that’s what I really wanted, early pressure. My typical way of playing this deck is to throw out a Professional Contacts and draw up. Get some econ going and wait for a move. Typically the Corp will get some money, build up their scoring remote and plop and agenda down behind 2 ice against me with usually nothing except maybe an SMC out and a handful of credits. If I don’t have a Stimhack in hand I’ll pop SMC for Cyber-Cypher and Tinkering the inner ice to make it a code gate and grab an early agenda. If I do have Stimhack, I’ll Tinkering the inner ice and use the Stimhack credits to install my Torch. Two Legworks are excellent in here, and maybe explaining some of the rest of the deck will help explain why. Maybe you’re wondering what I’m doing with 3x Woman in the Red Dress. Well, combo this with a Utopia Shard, and you’re looking at a pretty easy game point agenda theft. WitRD, Corp sees an agenda on R&D and I’m on game point. I have pretty easy access to R&D usually by this point, so they pick it up. Trash Utopia Shard to force the Corp to trash 2 cards at random. Run, Archives to see if I’ve won, if I missed, Legwork. WitRD gives me quite a bit of information without actually having to waste the time and money to run R&D every turn. Deus X helped quite a bit against 2 PE opponents on playoff night.

Here’s how the night went:

Round 1 vs. Austin

You can imagine my disappointment to learn that I was playing Austin first. Terrible record against him during the season. I was hoping to warm up a little before facing him. Oh well. I Corped first and had a decent starting hand. Ice, ice, Hedge Fund. He had pretty good tempo going when he stole a Project Beale and an Astroscript off R&D early with myself at 0 points. However, after scoring that second agenda, I was able to land the Midseasons with 8 tags. A few turns later I Psychographics out a Private Security Force since I had no Scorched Earths or Traffic Accidents in hand yet. I slowed him down quite a bit with the flatline threat by clicking for 2-3 meat damage every turn while Daily Business Show allowed me to throw the agendas to the bottom while collecting pieces I needed. Click for damage, click for damage, Scorched Earth. First win down. Let’s switch.

Austin’s playing NEH, so I know I need to get out of the gate pretty fast. Stimhacked a remote with a card installed in it to install Torch and trash a SanSan City Grid. I think I trashed 3 or 4 of those throughout the match. It ended up coming down to the wire with both of us at 6 points. His turn, he plopped down a card in a remote with 3 ice on it, all I have is a Torch out, and he’s swimming in cash from Marked Accounts and PAD Campaigns. As a last ditch effort I trashed Utopia Shard to make him trash 2 cards from HQ at random; then I ran Archives stealing the Project Beale for the win. The card in the remote was another SanSan set to make me waste more time and money. 2-0 on my first round, and against Austin. Feeling pretty awesome!

Round 2 vs. Jacob

Jacob also went 2-0 in his first round against Joel, so I knew this would be a challenge. Playing, Noise and PE most of the season, he was pretty comfortable with his decks, but luckily that meant I was comfortable with his decks as well. I played Corp first once again. Ice R&D, ice on a new remote, install Astroscript in the remote. He didn’t run, so first Astro is scored. Meanwhile, he’s milling cards from R&D like crazy, and I’m drawing no ice that helps with that. He’s milled a Jackson, a Scorched Earth and a couple agendas, and he has 4 points scored. However, I was able to Midseasons him for something like 10 tags. He uses Levy AR Lab Access to draw up and a few turns go by until I have my pieces in line. Once I see he has no Plascrete out and 4 cards in hand, I eagerly show him Scorched Earth and Traffic Accident. He says, “Not so fast.” Then I remember that I’ve Had Worse is now a thing. So without thinking, I take back the Traffic Accident and leave the Scorched Earth out on the table (I’m an idiot). I hit the IHW and he draws back up out of range, and I only have 1 click left. No flatline this time. If I would’ve played the Traffic Accident first and missed the IHW, I could’ve Scorched him for the flatline before he can draw up with IHW. He recovers and runs Archives with my unrezzed Pop-up Window as the only protection and scores out for the win. My mistake. Excitement of the surprise got to my head. Next game.

The way I’ve always played against Jacob’s PE deck throughout the entire season is to basically run everything very aggressively. He plays the shell game with Snare!’s, Shi.Kyu’s, Ronin’s and Neural EMP’s, but I’m not buying his Mushin No-Shin’ed Junebug. He’s ready for the flatline anyway. So we duel it out the entire game, and unfortunately I have to take a Shi.Kyu for a negative point early on. 5-3 in points, he’s winning, and there are two Medical Breakthroughs already scored, so all he needs to do is top-deck one for the win. Nope, I steal it off R&D to bring it to 5-5. My SMC’s with Clone Chips have come in quite handily throughout the game allowing me to get out of Ronin-Neural EMP range after hitting a Snare! click 3 and using Deus X to avoid the damage. I know he has a Scorched Earth in hand also, so tags are a must pop. Oh, by the way, he’s scored 2 Chronos Projects so my earlier trashed Sentry-breaker is gone for good. All I’ve got out is Torch and Lady. Woman in the Red Dress kicks in on my last turn. Jacob reveals a Ronin and decides to leave it there; he has a Pop-up Window and an Enigma on R&D, so I know I’m in easily with the Bad Publicity I got from the Checkpoint he rezzed earlier. I literally have 3 cards in my hand, one card left in my stack and the rest of my cards “removed from the game.” So I run R&D for one, trash the Ronin. Run R&D for 2 snag a Philotic Entaglement for the win. That was pretty crazy, and I was almost positive I had lost that game. That’s a 7-6 win for me. Everything’s all tied up with me and Jacob having 3 wins each while Austin and Joel split taking them both to 1-3 records.

Round 3 vs. Joel

At this point, Jacob and I are at 6 points and Austin and Joel are at 2 points each for the playoff. So I really need to win to seal the deal on this and hope that Austin can at least split with him. I Corp first once again. This is a very interesting opening hand, and I’m not sure I would keep this again, but here it is against Andromeda: Manhunt, Jackson Howard, Jackson Howard, Scorched Earth, Scorched Earth. I’ll keep it. Turn one, install Jackson and rez, click Jackson for 2 cards, Sweeps week for 8 credits. No ice on any centrals. “Siphon me bro.” Sure enough, Account Siphon. I was hoping for this actually because usually Andromeda wants to play all her cards in her opening hand without having to discard. So click 1 is Siphon, click 2 is some other card, click 3 and 4 is clearing tags. Oh well, he has to discard 2 cards. He steals a couple agendas from R&D and I Midseasons him for 10 tags. Daily Business Show is allowing me to throw agendas to the bottom once again and grab the pieces I need. Very carefully, I play Scorched Earth click 1 remembering the I’ve Had Worse that burned me last time. I didn’t think he would pack an IHW, but still. Down to one card, click 2 I play the second Scorched Earth for the win. All right. Jacob has to win both games against Austin in order to beat me since I have the higher seed over the entire season. We could tie and I’ll still win.

Final game, my Kit plays against the shell game PE very well. Install SMC with 5 credits after he’s Mushin No-Shin’ed a card out naked. Run the card with SMC ready to install a Deus X against the Junebug. Oh look, a Future Perfect. I stole 2 more agendas to bring myself to 6 while Joel still had 0 points. At that point Jacob and Austin reported that they split, so the current points were: Me-8, Jacob-8, Austin-4, Joel-2. I come out on top whether I win or lose to Joel for this last game because of my higher seed. Joel concedes with my 6-0 lead.


 

Super exciting night. Thanks to Frogtown Hobbies for a great first season. I’ll be playing with my new Freelancer playmat now, and I’ll probably try a BABW deck just so I can show off the alt art ID. Jacob has the ID as well; he’s also got a custom-designed Scorched Earth playmat that Joel made to warn others of their impending face-melting. We’re really looking forward to the Spring Kits and growing the Netrunner community even more here in Toledo. Unfortunately, Frogtown did not apply in time to receive a Store Championship kit, but we’ll be running a Store Championship tournament a couple miles away over at Checkmate Games on March 28th here in Toledo. Hope to see you guys out there.

Android Netrunner Winter 2014 Results

Netrunner Store Championship Report – The Dark Side Comics & Games, Sarasota, FL

Netrunner Store Championship Report – The Dark Side Comics & Games, Sarasota, FL

Store Championship Report – by Andrew Webber

My father and I drove down to Lakeland to meet up with my mom and visit some family for a week. A few weeks prior, I checked online to see if there were going to be any local tournaments and I was lucky to find one that was just over an hour away so I had no choice but to go, obviously. We drove down from Toledo on Thursday and Friday, and I woke up and had to leave by 11 on Saturday to make it. SO MUCH DRIVING!

Going into this event I was very optimistic, mostly based on my experience and knowledge that this would most likely be a smaller event than last week’s in Michigan. I had scoped out the place online and found a facebook event for it and only 6 people had said they were attending so I was expecting 8-10 players (last week’s event had 16 on facebook and 22 ended up playing.) This is good news for me because I REALLY wanted one of the top 4 Kit playmats. With that said, on to the event!

I arrived about 30 minutes early and got to sit around and check the place out. Lots of table space, they had probably 30+ people around the room playing random games I had never seen before, and I got to speak with Joe, the Tournament Director a few times about how awesome Netrunner is and how badly he wants it to become a thing in the area. He told me he drove over an hour to be there and run the event, and a few other players also said they drove rather far to be there. When we got started, there were 10 players signed up. We ended up only playing 4 rounds of swiss without the top 4 cut even though we were “supposed” to have a cut. No big deal.

I took the exact same corp deck as last week with the hopes that the new Anarch stuff was still too new and untested for the players that would show up. I got to play a few games against Velencia and one game against MaxX with this deck, all of which I lost. So yeah, I didn’t want to see those IDs and probably not Noise also. Here’s the list again if you missed the last article:

Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future

Agenda (11)
3 Accelerated Beta Test
1 Bifrost Array
1 Director Haas’ Pet Project
3 NAPD Contract
3 Project Vitruvius

Asset (9)
3 Adonis Campaign
1 Daily Business Show *
2 Executive Boot Camp * *
3 Jackson Howard * * *

Upgrade (3)
3 SanSan City Grid *** *** ***

Operation (9)
3 Biotic Labor
3 Hedge Fund
3 Restructure

Barrier (6)
3 Eli 1.0
3 NEXT Silver

Code Gate (5)
3 NEXT Bronze
2 Viktor 2.0

Sentry (6)
3 Architect
3 Ichi 1.0

For runner, I switched the Kate build back to PPVP and took Dan’s deck that I had found a week before. It’s really solid and I found some discussion on a proper strategy to play through the game. Run through the deck as fast as possible and get your rig up and running, then LEVY and use all of your economy to pay for runs. This deck is able to apply pressure early due to SMC, Stimhack, and having a lot card draw between Astrolabe, Diesel, and Quality Time. Can spend clicks one and/or two getting money and then has the ability to get in anywhere almost for the entire game. It’s only trouble are bigger Sentries and so far, every one over strength 3 that can’t be dealt with by Deus X or Sharpshooter have traces that you can beat. The only ICE in the entire game there isn’t an answer for other than throw a parasite on it and wait is Susanoo-no-Mikoto, which I don’t think sees much play. If you know how to play this deck, it’s a beast.

Kate “Mac” McCaffrey: Digital Tinker

Event (23)
3 Diesel
3 Dirty Laundry
1 Indexing
2 Legwork ** **
1 Levy AR Lab Access
3 Lucky Find ** ** **
2 Quality Time
2 Scavenge
2 Stimhack * *
3 Sure Gamble
1 The Maker’s Eye

Hardware (10)
2 Astrolabe
3 Clone Chip
2 Plascrete Carapace
3 Prepaid VoicePAD

Resource (2)
2 Same Old Thing

Program (10)
2 Cerberus “Lady” H1
2 Cyber-Cypher
1 Deus X
2 Self-modifying Code
1 Sharpshooter
1 Mimic *
1 Parasite **

Match 1: Valencia and Blue Sun

Unfortunately for me, I got paired up with a really solid player in my first match, Chris. He was playing Valencia and Blue Sun. NO! I was facing my biggest fear in my first game. This was going to be rough. His Valencia build used Grave Digger, Corroder, Mimic, and Yog along with the Eater-Keyhole combo. I got out to a decent start building up ICE on my Centrals and he managed to play out a Grave Digger really early and trashed an Executive Boot Camp, Daily Business Show, and one SanSan to get 3 counters on Grave Digger. I ended up scoring out a Vitruvius I think to go up 2-0 and his next turn he used Grave Digger to triple mill me and then run archives to get 4 points. OUCH. I was able to come back and score a Beta Test and I think a Pet Project to get up to 5 and threaten the win, which I had in 2 turns I think. He spent a turn drawing, then I got some money to get in scoring range, and on his final turn he played Keyhole on click 1, Keyholed click 2 and missed, then Keyholed again on click 3 and got an NAPD which he stole click 4 to take the win. Ugh. Probably should’ve put an ICE on Archives. NEXT Bronze probably since he didn’t have his Yog out. Oh well. Great match.

Game 2 and I’m up against Blue Sun. I draw a Lucky Find, a PPVP, and a Lady. Definitely a great draw that can shutdown the turn 1 OAI-Curtain Wall play. He didn’t have the combo so we’re off to the races. I don’t remember the exact flow of the game, but I know I was maintaining quite a bit of pressure on HQ. I facechecked a Taurus which he set the trace to 5 and even though I beat it, he got to kill my Plascrete. After some rig building on my end and him building up his money and a scoring server, I managed to Stimhack into his scoring server which had a facedown ICE with a Data Raven rezzed behind it to get up to 4 points. I was feeling really comfortable but he managed to get quite a bit of money through playing an Enigma on a server with Amazon Industrial Zone for probably 5 turns in a row to keep gaining three credits (I wasn’t going to waste a Cyber-Cypher to shut that down). The turn after I stimhacked I drew up my hand, then his next turn he IAA’s in the scoring server and I still have an SMC on the table so I got money click 1 and then Stimhacked in again. He said “Uh-Oh” and then rezzed his first ICE (I don’t remember what it was) and then I took the tag from Data Raven, beat the trace with the stimhack money and ran into… a Ghost Branch. Put me up to 3 tags and I only had 2 clicks left with 1 card in hand after the brain damage. He had the Scorch in hand to close it out. Bummer. I mentioned how I love a 1x Ghost Branch in my Weyland decks and he said it was his only copy in there. Such a good surprise. I guess I should’ve been suspicious since so far I had only seen 1 and 2 pointers on the table, unless he was trying to over score an Atlas, which seems reasonable. Great game but two really tough losses.

0 Prestige. Ouch. Definitely not looking good for my chances to make top 4. Have to win a lot if I want a chance.

Match 2: Andromeda and Weyland BWBI

Well, I think I went from the hardest matchup of the day to the easiest. I forget my opponents name, but he was fairly new to the game (said he only played a handful of games before the tournament) and I ended up winning both games handily. He didn’t trash a SanSan when he had plenty of money to do so… basically waltzed my way to seven points as corp. On the other side of the table, he was playing Weyland BWBI. He got some money on his first turn, built a 3-deep server a few turns later to try and score out an agenda. I ran it click one, forcing him to rez 2 of his ICE and spend all his money, then Indexed, Ran, Ran to steal 3 points I think. He only had an Ice Wall in front of R&D so I was getting through with no effort. A few turns later played a Maker’s Eye and then Legworked him on click 4 and he spent all his money to rez an Excaliber, his only ICE on HQ. So yeah, definitely made some big beginner mistakes.

4 prestige. I think there were 3 players at 6 and 5 of us at 4 after the first two rounds. I think I’m back in the game here but feeling iffy on my Strength of Schedule standings (the guy I played round 1 ended up losing both in round two). I think I have to win at least 3 out of 4 games to have a chance at top 4.

Match 3: Ken Express and RP

As fate has it, I get paired up against the guy who won both against the guy that swept me in round one, Brody. He opted to run first. He was playing a PPVP-Desperado version of Ken which was really interesting. I guess you haven’t really lived until you’ve seen someone play Dirty Laundry to gain 7 credits… (where’s the Security Testing to make it 9?!?!). Early game, I was flying and got out to a decent lead fairly easily. Late in the game, I’m up 6-2 in agenda points and I’m just digging and digging. I manage to draw into a Beta Test and I have a Biotic in hand as well as a SanSan facedown on the table with 7 credits (win condition with EtF since I gain the credit when I install the Agenda). Next turn he Siphons me on click 2. I let him spend all his money breaking the ICE and then I rez the SanSan to go down to two credits and ask if he wants to access a card or steal the two credits I had left. He thinks for a few seconds and takes the money which he used to wipe the two tags on clicks three and 4. Next turn, I get 3 credits and he clicks Mr. Li a few times and then trashes my SanSan. I also had a Biotic in hand so I gain 3 again on my following turn and my worst fear comes true. He Siphons me again. WHY?!?!? So I spend my two next turns clicking for money and end up drawing a second Beta Test. Good news for me because even if he steals one I have the win. Turn after I get to 6 credits… again… he Legworks and happens to pull both Beta Tests to tie me at 6-6. So now I have to change my strategy to dig for another agenda. I get it in 2 turns and then on his final turn he plays down a second R&D Interface (he had 1 down for most of the game) and saw 3 cards to get the win. I was a turn from winning on at least three occasions that game. Some great play by Brody to prevent me from closing out the game.

Game 1 ended up taking a lot of time with all the shenanigans at the end so we only had 15 minutes left and he’s playing RP. This is really not looking good for my tournament placement. I end up digging and digging and digging to get my rig up as fast as possible. I steal an NAPD and a few turns later he scores out a Nisei. I think I played an Indexing and he had an Architect to play cards out into two new remotes, one of which was a Sundew from Archives. Next click I run and trash the sundew and last click I run the other server which he installed from R&D. He used his Nisei counter to stop me. It ended up being another Sundew, great news for me that he had to spend his Nisei counter on it. He played out an ELP to slow me down and a few turns later I Legworked and stole a Medical Breakthrough to go up 4-2. We went time on his next turn I think so I end up getting the W but only 1 prestige. I’m 99% I get the win if we finish this one out. I was one or two turns from using Same Old Thing to Levy and my rig was fully up. He can’t keep me out forever.

5 prestige. I feel like I’m out of it unless I win both and get lucky from some of the other match outcomes.

Match 4: Chaos Theory and Blue Sun

My opponent didn’t seem like he was a really strong player. During game 1, he definitely spent a bit too long debating whether or not to trash a SanSan early in the game. He did, but I had a feeling this was going to be a pretty quick win, and it ended up that way. His CT Build was similar to a big-rig deck but he was running Opus with Corroder, Gordian Blade, and Ninja (paying 5 for an Architect is nasty). His Blue Sun deck was not doing the best and I think I got a little lucky. He had a big scoring server and I had my rig up so I ran it and he rezzed a Grim, trashing my Cyber-Cypher. I decided to continue and he had an Enigma behind it. He spent most of his money when he rezzed the Grim and Enigma and couldn’t recover from it so I had free reign. Next turn I Legworked and Maker’s Eyed back to back to score 4 or 5 points (I don’t remember exactly). I just kept running R&D after that and scored up to 6 a few turns later and then got the win in another turn or two.

9 prestige. I feel like I’m close if I maybe get a lucky outcome in one of the other matches. As it turns out, I ended up in 5th. Brody won the whole thing by sweeping his last match to go up to 12 Prestige, 3 players were tied at 10 prestige (Joe, Chris, and someone else), and I think I was alone in 5th at 9 prestige. Quite the bummer because either of my two corp losses could’ve gone my way, just got unlucky at the end. If I win as corp against Brody, I would have had a different matchup in Round 4, but I would’ve been in a position to take first with a good last round. Also, if Joe and the guy he played in round 4 don’t split, then I end up in fourth as they both finished with 10 prestige.

In the end, Joe was nice enough to give me the Tournament Director playmat since he made top 4 and won another mat, which is awesome. Ended up getting 3 more of the alt art CTs and another useful Deck Box.

I think The Dark Side is wanting to make Netrunner a more frequent or consistent thing and if anyone lives anywhere near Sarasota, definitely check out the calendar on their site (https://darksidecomics.popshop.comixology.com/) or their Facebook page for any announcements. If they ever have an event when I’m down here again, I’d definitely try to make the trip over.

Next quest: win a Store Championship before the season ends. I think I’m only going to plan on attending two more but might be talked into going to a third. I’m really loving playing competitively like this. Can’t wait for regional season and then the US Champs at Gencon. The game is going to be completely different by then and I can’t wait to see how wreckless it gets. Anarchs are going to go crazy and need to figure out a counter attack. Maybe a build in Weyland that is completely wreckless or some new form of Jinteki PE will rise to the top. Can’t wait to find out!

 

Android Netrunner Results – February 17, 2015

Android Netrunner Results – February 17, 2015

Our final round of the regular season saw FOUR new people join us. We were glad to welcome Ryan, David, Tony and Mitchell into the group.

Austin brought out the big guns, in Leela and RP, and took first, with 10 Prestige. Austin’s only loss came in his Runner game, against Mark, in Round 3. David finished in second, with his Chaos Theory and RP decks. Jacob rounded out the top three with his Gabe and PE decks, that he’s very well known for, in our local meta.

The Top 4 Playoff will be in two weeks, at Frogtown Hobbies. Joel, Larry, Austin and Jacob have all advanced to the Top 4 Playoff. While the Top 4 Playoff is going on, there will still be an event for those who did not finish in the Top 4. The prize structure is still to be determined. Watch our Facebook Page for more info on this event.

Players and Ranking

Rank Name Prestige SoS RW CW W-T-L
1. Austin Mills
(Leela Patel / Replicating Perfection)
10 16 2 3 2-1-0
2. David Nery
(Chaos Theory / Replicating Perfection)
9 19 2 2 2-1-0
3. Jacob Merkle
(Gabriel Santiago / Personal Evolution)
9 18 2 2 2-1-0
4. Mark Panetta
(Leela Patel / Engineering the Future)
8 28 1 2 0-3-0
5. Tony Bugoci
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Blue Sun)
6 17 1 2 1-1-1
6. Andrew Webber
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / The Foundry)
6 13 0 1 0-1-1
7. Larry Carter
(Gabriel Santiago / Gagarin Deep Space)
6 9 1 0 0-1-1
8. Phil Fry
(Andromeda / Replicating Perfection)
5 19 1 1 1-1-1
9. Joel Szirony
(Andromeda / Argus Security)
4 22 1 1 0-2-1
10. Mitchell Kuhlman
(Gabriel Santiago / Replicating Perfection)
4 20 0 1 0-2-1
11. Ryan O’Connell
(Andromeda / Because We Built It)
4 16 0 0 0-0-2

SoS: Strength of Schedule / RW: Runner Wins / CW: Corp Wins / W-T-L: Win-Tie-Loss

Pairings for Round 3

Player 1 Player 2
Table 1 Austin Mills vs Mark Panetta
Table 2 David Nery vs Phil Fry
Table 3 Jacob Merkle vs Mitchell Kuhlman
Table 4 Ryan O’Connell vs Tony Bugoci
Table 5 Larry Carter vs Joel Szirony
Table 6 Andrew Webber vs Bye

Results

Round 1
1 Joel Szirony vs Austin Mills 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
2 Larry Carter vs Phil Fry 0 : 3 (R 0:1 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Mitchell Kuhlman vs Andrew Webber 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Tony Bugoci vs Jacob Merkle 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Mark Panetta vs David Nery 3 : 1 (R 1:1 C · C 2:0 R)
6 Ryan O’Connell vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 2
1 Austin Mills vs Ryan O’Connell 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Jacob Merkle vs Mark Panetta 1 : 3 (R 1:1 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Phil Fry vs Mitchell Kuhlman 2 : 2 (R 1:1 C · C 1:1 R)
4 Andrew Webber vs David Nery 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Joel Szirony vs Tony Bugoci 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
6 Larry Carter vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 3
1 Austin Mills vs Mark Panetta 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
2 David Nery vs Phil Fry 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Jacob Merkle vs Mitchell Kuhlman 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Ryan O’Connell vs Tony Bugoci 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Larry Carter vs Joel Szirony 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
6 Andrew Webber vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)

Statistics

Runner Identities

Corp Identities

Wins

Wins by Runner Faction

Wins by Corp Faction

Wins by Runner Identity

Wins by Corp identity

Win Types

Netrunner Store Championship Report – Flat Land Games, Wixom, MI

Netrunner Store Championship Report – Flat Land Games, Wixom, MI

Going into this tournament I was really excited. Larry and I decided to drive up from Toledo for both of our first “real” competitive tournament. Joel and Larry, of BiT, got into Netrunner about a year ago and convinced me to buy a core set, so I did. I ordered my Core set and ended up getting Creation and Control at the same time so I could get free shipping from Amazon last April. I went to my first store tournament a few months later and obviously played HB and Shaper, namely Engineering the Future and Kate. Within another 2 months I had a second core set and all of the data packs and I’ve been going to the local bi-weekly tournaments ever since. I never really performed too well and usually just went because I love the game and I love making crazy new decks.

Fast forward to this last weekend. I was debating which decks to take for the last two weeks as I really wanted to perform well, but I had a few ideas of my own that seemed really promising. I REALLY wanted to take some form of an Eater-Keyhole deck, but I just couldn’t get it to work out how I wanted. I tested a few games with the combo in Andromeda as well as trying a Chaos Theory Stimshop build. They worked, but I felt like they were too slow and I was also scared of people adding some hard-counters like Caprice, Will-of-the-Wisp, and Crisium Grid. I also was very interested in taking an Industial Genomics deck, but again, I was scared of the new presence of Eater just destoying that identity. In the end I decided to fall back to my bread and butter, the place I started, Engineering the Future and Kate.

I saw Corwin’s first place report of the Chilo City Grudge Match tournament in which he has an EtF fast advance build that looked really fun and pretty easy to pilot and decided that would be the deck to take. I put the cards together and looked at tweaking it a little by adding 2 copies of Will-of-the-Wisp (an answer to Eater), but after going through the cards I just couldn’t find the slots for it. Executive Boot Camp is a great addition to the build but I ended up not using it all day. Initially, I viewed the card as an answer to the new hype of Leela as you can rez the ICE you want to lockdown the key servers without having the threat of bouncing anything when you score.

Here’s the list:

Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future

Agenda (11)
3 Accelerated Beta Test
1 Bifrost Array
1 Director Haas’ Pet Project
3 NAPD Contract
3 Project Vitruvius

Asset (9)
3 Adonis Campaign
1 Daily Business Show *
2 Executive Boot Camp **
3 Jackson Howard ***

Upgrade (3)
3 SanSan City Grid *********

Operation (9)
3 Biotic Labor
3 Hedge Fund
3 Restructure

Barrier (6)
3 Eli 1.0
3 NEXT Silver

Code Gate (5)
3 NEXT Bronze
2 Viktor 2.0

Sentry (6)
3 Architect
3 Ichi 1.0

On the runner side of things, I decided to take a ppvp deck, but I had watched the final match of the Toronto Store Championship a few days prior and the winner was running Cache, Bank Job, Aesop’s, and ProCo as their and economy engine. It looked awesome but I didn’t have a decklist so I went stimhack.com looking for a solid ppvp kate build as a base to work off of. One of the most recent decklists was a build from Dan, the winner of the 2014 World Championship. I took his list and then stripped out it’s economy and replaced it with the other economy package. Here’s what I ended up with:

Kate “Mac” McCaffrey: Digital Tinker

Event (11)
3 Diesel
1 Indexing
2 Legwork****
1 Levy AR Lab Access
2 Scavenge
1 Stimhack*
1 The Maker’s Eye

Hardware (11)
3 Astrolabe
3 Clone Chip
2 Plascrete Carapace
3 R&D Interface

Program (9)
3 Cache***
2 Cerberus “Lady” H1
2 Cyber-Cypher
1 Deus X
1 Mimic*
1 Parasite**
2 Self-modifying Code
1 Sharpshooter

Resource (10)
3 Aesop’s Pawnshop
2 Bank Job****
3 Professional Contacts
2 Same Old Thing

 

On to the trip! Since I only had two core sets and decided to play a Fast Advance deck, I really needed a third SanSan. Consequently, the trip started out with a quick stop at the FLGS we play at, Frogtown Hobbies, for my third core set! 10 minutes later I’m at Larry’s and we’re on our way to Wixom. We arrived at about 1:30 and the tourney was scheduled to start at 2. We payed and then took a quick trip to Taco Bell for me to get some food since I had only eaten a banana up to that point. Two soft tacos later I’m ready for the start of my longest netrunner day to date. The tournament ended up starting almost an hour late while we were waiting for a few players to show up (supposedly someone had been told we were starting at 3). Larry and I played two games of zombie dice while we waited. He crushed me the first game and I was glad I was getting my bad luck out of the way for the day. I beat him the second game. We also joked about getting paired up against eachother and me getting a bye in the first round. They announced there were 22 players so a bye was off the table. 22 players meant 5 rounds of swiss and a cut to 8. This is going to be a long day!

Round 1: NBN Making News and Cache Noise

First match I started a little nervous. Ended up running first and had a pretty good draw with a Sure Gamble, Aesop’s, and ProCo in my opening hand. Sure Gambled, installed ProCo, clicked ProCo to draw a Cache, installed Cache and took the money and I was off to the races. I was able to apply a decent amount of pressure the whole game. He scored an Astro pretty quickly and I was hammering R&D with some interfaces. I think he had an Eli and a Popup stacked and they weren’t doing much to keep me out. I scored a few points while he was just collecting cash and he hit me with a Midseason’s for 7 tags. I wasn’t too scared of Scorched for some reason and just floated them for a few turns. He stacked up two more ICE on R&D and then played Shoot the Moon to rez another Eli and an Information Overload. I froze for about a minute and tried to figure out my play from then on out as I don’t have any way of breaking it (strength 4+ sentry that isn’t AP or a Destroyer is no fun against this deck, just have to deal with it.) I figured he should be short on Agendas since I had seen a few cards recently and decided my best bet was to clear the tags ASAP. I had a few credits and I ended up clearing 2 tags and taking 2 credits. Next turn, I clone chipped a cache at the end of his turn and then immediately sold it to Aesop’s for 6 credits. I cleared 4 more and I was down to 1 credit and 1 tag. Counted up what it would cost to get in to R&D and I had the money. Just needed something to lose to the Information Overload so I installed a cache, and then trashed Same Old Thing to Maker’s Eye with 2 interfaces to see 5 cards and the win. I thought he got me with the Shoot the Moon play, but I managed to make it through and I was off to a great start.

Against Noise, he was not milling a whole lot of cards and got a little unlucky on the cards he was milling. He hit 1 agenda early but I was able to Jackson it back into the deck and he really didn’t have a chance after that. He had a Hades Shard installed the entire game so at the end I played out my last score very slowly since I new he would pop that to see if he got the win. I went “Install and gain a credit….. Advance…” and he yells “Hold it!” There were only 4 points in archives and I walked out of my first match with a sweep. I was not expecting that. Great start!

4 Prestige

The shop was also running an X-Wing Store Championship which was surprisingly large with 45 players or something. They made a huge announcement about ordering a bunch of pizzas for everyone since there wouldn’t be time for a dinner break. Yay, pizza!

Round 2: Edward Kim and TWIY

I joked with my opponent about him trashing all my Hedge Funds at the beginning of the game. I honestly had no clue what to expect against Kim. He sniped a Hedge Fund off of R&D on his first turn but that was the only operation he hit all game. He was trying to play a Progenitor – Hivemind something or other and it didn’t really get up and running by the time I scored out.

TWIY was a different story. I was somewhat cautious all game as I saw a few cards off R&D early and didn’t see a single of his influence yet. A few turns in I faceplanted into a Lancelot and he showed me another Lancelot and a Merlin. He trashed a Lady I think and hit me with 2 net damage. Found the influence! Next turn he installed and Advanced something and then on my following turn I figured I should be somewhat safe since I didn’t have any installed cards anymore. Faceplanted into a Merlin and he had the other 2 Merlins in hand to give me 6 net damage for a flatline. Oops.

6 Prestige. I think the leaderboard had 2 players at 8 Prestige and 6 of us at 6. Great start.

Felt a little hungry again and I grabbed a slice of pizza.

Round 3: Andromeda and RP

Uh-Oh. First big test of the day against some really strong identities. We rolled to pick which side and I won so I chose to corp first. Don’t really remember much about this game but I won on points pretty easily. At this point I started feeling a lot of confidence for the day.

I didn’t have a lot of practice against RP and was fairly flustered throughout the match. Wanted to run but was too timid with all his facedown ICE. He ended up scoring out and I didn’t really do much at all. Asked about my play and he told me that I should’ve clone chipped a parasite on a Komainu that was protecting HQ right after he installed it so I could apply some pressure. That play didn’t even cross my mind.

8 Prestige. I think there was one player at 12, one at 10, and a bunch of us at 8. Still in a good spot to make the cut!

Round 4: Titan Transnational and Reina

I ran first and was getting into R&D pretty easily. Saw a bunch of cards but didn’t score anything. I ran HQ a few times and saw a Punitive and knew he had at least 1 Sea-Source in hand as well. He scored out an Atlas to get a counter and I started hammering R&D. I think I only had 1 RDi up and saw a second Punitive as well as a Scorched Earth. I think I was at 2 points and for some reason felt really desperate so I played Makers Eye to see 5 cards. He used his Atlas counter to pull Government Takeover from his deck and then I completely whiffed. Got lucky there because I think I lose if I hit an agenda on that run. Next turn he starts icing up a scoring server preparing to put the takeover down and then on my turn I got some money and hit R&D again because he did something that caused a shuffle and I scored 3 points on my last click. I was at 10 credits and then used a clonechip for a cache to go up to 13 credits which was out of punitive range. He installed a few more ICE on the scoring server and my next turn I installed a Same Old Thing, Scavenged Lady (I think it emptied on the previous R&D run), and then trashed the SoT to Legwork and grabbed the Takeover. This was a really fun game.

As corp I drew 4 agendas on my initial draw so I obviously mulliganed. Almost showed him my hand but remembered that giving him any info was really bad. That would’ve been a huge n00b mistake. Mulliganed into a single ICE and two agendas and then my mandatory was a third agenda. Installed the ICE on HQ and then played Hedge Fund and got a credit I think. Trying to make it seem like I don’t have a terrible draw. He drops down keyhole on turn 1 and hits it 3 times but only pulls 1 agenda from it. Second turn I throw out a jackson and only click it once to dump 2 agendas down and then immediately trash jackson (don’t know why I didn’t wait to see what he Keyholed). He hits keyhole 2 or three times and I think he hit 2 agendas and left them there. I think I drew into some ICE to throw on R&D and his next turn he gets an eater out and just keeps going to town. I think he hit a jackson with keyhole and said something about me not drawing the last one after keyholing on click four instead of stealing the agendas. It was already in my hand and I showed a few people that were watching that I had it and we all laughed. I threw it down, clicked it once and installed another ICE I think and then put the agendas and the last jackson back in. This was going to be a rough game. At one point he hit me with a Wanton Destruction to discard 2 of four at random and missed a biotic and an agenda discarding 2 ICE. I think we stayed pretty even the whole match after my bad start but he ended up pulling out the win. This was definitely my favorite match of the day.

10 prestige. The top 2 played this round and split so there was one guy at 14, one guy at 12, and I think 5 or 6 of us at 10. I think I’m going to make the cut as long as I don’t lose both in the final round.

Round 5: Andromeda and RP

NOT RP AGAIN!?!?! My opponent wanted to run first because he just finished playing corp so I let it happen. It was a pretty tough match but he wasn’t drawing much of his economy and I was able to dump credits almost every time he Siphoned me. One of the Siphons he stole only 2 credits and I think I ended up winning handily due to a semi-bad draw on his end. When he was RP, he didn’t draw a single Agenda after he got set up which really frustrated him. He was also running grail which he stacked two of onto R&D so it was getting expensive for me to maintain the lock but I managed to keep enough money to hold it down. Either I got lucky or he wasn’t running any net damage because I was able to see a bunch of cards without taking any damage. He was rolling in credits but just never drew the Agendas to score and I won 7-0 I think. Tough game for him for sure.

I didn’t know it at the time, but he was the player in first with 14 Prestige. The guy that had 12 split his match so we were all at 14 and I ended up being #1 seed from having the highest SOS. I was so excited that I was doing so well. After swiss there were 7 people at 12 Prestige so 2 of them didn’t make the cut. What a tight group at the top. The tournament was anyone’s game at this point.

Up to this point I was 4-1 with EtF and 3-2 with Kate.

Top 8 – Round 1

I was informed my opponent was playing Titan Transnational and Noise. I thought about it for about 20 seconds and decided the likelihood of a flatline was probably too high so I chose to corp. I mentioned this to my opponent when we sat down and said he didn’t have any scorch’s or punitive’s in his deck and I regret my decision since my runner deck was strong and had received a few comments from previous opponents about them not seeing any Shapers all day.

This was a tough match for me and nothing was going my way. Had a bit of an agenda flood and his mill was rolling fairly well. Turn 1 he installed an Imp and trashed something with it and then hit archives to install his Hades Shard. I jackson pump and dumped on turn 2 and then immediately trashed the jackson on my turn so I could keep my priority of actions to cycle three agendas back. Then over the next few turns he got lucky and milled all 3 SanSans in a row shortly followed by all 3 Biotic labors. How was I supposed to score out?! At this point I was thinking I’ll have to build a server to score from so I mistakenly installed an Ichi and a Beta Test behind it. He ran there click 1 with nothing but an empty imp (I think he used it on an ice from an R&D access and then a jackson that I installed but didn’t have anything to cycle back with) on his board and just clicked through the last sub to score. Not looking good for me at this point. I drew my last Jackson and dumped some agendas and had to immedately use him to return 2 Agendas and a Biotic labor leaving my third jackson and a project vitruvius in archives. He managed to mill a few more agendas and I knew the game was over at that point due to his hades shard. There’s no way he’s letting me score my last agenda before trashing it. So I lost to the 8 seed. Ouch.

Thinking back, there were a few things in which I should’ve recognized a better play option. First is when I cycled the biotic labor back instead of my jackson. If I put jackson back and draw it quickly, it gives me a short window to cycle back my biotics or SanSans to possibly give me a way to score out quickly. Second mistake is I hadn’t used Executive Boot Camp at all the entire day. I never thought the card’s presence through completely and mostly just assumed it was Leela protection, which I never faced. I could’ve used it to get my last Jackson quicker or even better yet, grab my 1x Daily Business Show early on. If I would’ve done that I may have drawn into some of my recursion instead of him milling it all away. Lastly, I’m not sure about the spot but it might have been a really good play to wipe his two imp counters on my second turn.

Top 8 – Round 2

Well, here it is. Playing for my life from here on out. I get matched up against NEH. First meeting with NEH all day. Turn 1, click 1 I faceplanted into an Architect on R&D. He used it to install an ICE into a new server which caused him to draw and then I snagged an NAPD from him. Probably one of the worst ICE to run into but I think he made a mistake and forgot he was going to draw from NEH which let me score. I was expecting to see an Eli, Popup, or Wraparound. Points are good but this is not an ICE I want to see without my Mimic on the board. He drew all three Sweeps Weeks really early and he also scored out an Astro pretty quickly while I’m just digging to try to find my Mimic or an SMC. About halfway through I’m managing to maintain pressure on his first scoring server with Cyber-Cypher and Lady but I have to keep digging and digging trying to find the Mimic. I think I Legworked him once and got nothing. I eventually have out 2 RDi’s and run R&D again letting the Architect fire just to see what happens. It gives him a SanSan install I think (he never ended up rezzing it) and I think I only get to trash a Jackson or something. He’s managed to set up another server with an Enigma that I can’t get through and he scores 2 NAPDs from it. A few turns later he does a Jackson dig and installs what I figured was the winning agenda on his last click so I’m in desperate need to win. I think I hit ProCo twice and then decide to try a Makers Eye. I had all three RDi’s at this point so I see 6 cards but the architect gets to fire again. I completely miss and only have 1 click left so there’s no way for me to get in and prevent his final score. I say that I think that’s game but I run HQ on my last click and miss. He advances three times and wins to knock me out. I don’t think I made any big mistakes this match, just never drew into the Mimic so I could lock down R&D. I think if I get the Mimic out I have a huge chance to win. My deck didn’t have any economy trouble all day and I think I would’ve been able to maintain a 3 or 4 deep R&D lock which is pretty much game over for the corp.

What a day. First big competitive tournament and end up the #1 seed only to lose my first two games and be the first one out. I had a blast and I’m glad I went out that quickly even though I was really hoping for top 4 to get the sweet Kit playmat. Ended up scoring a second Chaos Theory alt art since they had 10 extras along with the top 8 deck box. Can’t wait to play another tournament like this and I think I’ll definitely be a better player from this experience. Looking forward to making it to a few more Store Championships this season!

Can’t forget to throw a shoutout to Flat Land Games for running a great event. They have a really awesome space to play in, with tons of room. Even though I was nervous, that quickly went away and I was really comfortable all day. The staff was super nice as well. I’ll probably be back if they have any more big tournaments worthy of the hour and 20 minute drive like this one.

– Andrew Webber

Android Netrunner Results – February 3, 2015

Android Netrunner Results – February 3, 2015

Order & Chaos has officially made its splash into the Toledo-area Netrunner scene! Round 7 is complete, and we’re only 1 week away from the Top 4 Playoff. Drake took his first #1 finish, with a brand new Valencia deck, and his familiar RP deck. Valencia ended up being rather popular, with 3 separate players bringing her, but she wasn’t quite as successful as Austin, and his MaxX deck, on the runner side. Join us again in two weeks, as we wrap up the Winter 2014 season at Frogtown Hobbies!

Players and Ranking

Rank Name Prestige SoS RW CW W-T-L
1. Drake Cutcher
(Valencia Estevez / Replicating Perfection)
10 15 1 2 1-1-0
2. Joel Szirony
(Valencia Estevez / Argus Security)
8 18 1 3 1-2-0
3. Mark Panetta
(Valencia Estevez / Blue Sun)
8 13 1 1 1-0-1
4. Austin Mills
(MaxX / The Shadow*)
7 20 2 2 2-0-1
5. Larry Carter
(Rielle “Kit” Peddler / Making News)
6 16 1 2 1-1-1
6. Jacob Merkle
(Gabriel Santiago / Personal Evolution)
6 14 0 1 0-1-1
7. Andrew Webber
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Engineering the Future)
2 21 0 1 0-1-2

(*Austin actually played as Titan Transnational.)
SoS: Strength of Schedule / RW: Runner Wins / CW: Corp Wins / W-T-L: Win-Tie-Loss

Pairings for Round 3

Player 1 Player 2
Table 1 Drake Cutcher vs Joel Szirony
Table 2 Larry Carter vs Mark Panetta
Table 3 Austin Mills vs Andrew Webber
Table 4 Jacob Merkle vs Bye

Results

Round 1
1 Jacob Merkle vs Joel Szirony 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Larry Carter vs Andrew Webber 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Mark Panetta vs Austin Mills 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Drake Cutcher vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 2
1 Drake Cutcher vs Austin Mills 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Joel Szirony vs Andrew Webber 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Larry Carter vs Jacob Merkle 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Mark Panetta vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 3
1 Drake Cutcher vs Joel Szirony 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Larry Carter vs Mark Panetta 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Austin Mills vs Andrew Webber 3 : 0 (R 1:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Jacob Merkle vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)

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Android Netrunner Results – January 20, 2015

Android Netrunner Results – January 20, 2015

Round 6 of our Winter Organized Play Season was wrapped up with Joel and Larry tied at 10 Prestige, each. Joel got the Strength of Schedule tiebreaker by just TWO points.

This was Phil’s first event, and he did great, finishing in the top half.

We’ve only got two more rounds, and then we’ll have the Top 4 Double Elimination Playoff. More details coming on that, soon.

Players and Ranking

Rank Name Prestige SoS RW CW W-T-L
1. Joel Szirony
(Andromeda / Replicating Perfection)
10 22 2 3 2-1-0
2. Larry Carter
(Rielle “Kit” Peddler / Industrial Genomics)
10 20 2 3 2-1-0
3. Jacob Merkle
(Gabriel Santiago / Personal Evolution)
8 18 2 2 2-0-1
4. Phil Fry
(Gabriel Santiago / Harmony Medtech)
6 18 1 2 1-1-1
5. Ben Thompson
(Rielle “Kit” Peddler / Blue Sun)
4 19 1 1 1-0-2
6. Andrew Webber
(Noise / Cerebral Imaging)
4 17 1 0 0-2-1
7. Mark Panetta
(Leela Patel / NEXT Design)
4 15 1 1 1-0-2
8. Austin Mills
(Nasir Meidan / Harmony Medtech)
1 12 0 0 0-1-2

SoS: Strength of Schedule / RW: Runner Wins / CW: Corp Wins / W-T-L: Win-Tie-Loss

Pairings for Round 3

Player 1 Player 2
Table 1 Larry Carter vs Phil Fry
Table 2 Joel Szirony vs Andrew Webber
Table 3 Jacob Merkle vs Mark Panetta
Table 4 Austin Mills vs Ben Thompson

Results

Round 1
1 Jacob Merkle vs Joel Szirony 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
2 Austin Mills vs Andrew Webber 1 : 3 (R 1:1 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Larry Carter vs Ben Thompson 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Mark Panetta vs Phil Fry 0 : 3 (R 0:2 C · C 0:1 R)
Round 2
1 Larry Carter vs Joel Szirony 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Phil Fry vs Andrew Webber 3 : 1 (R 1:1 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Austin Mills vs Mark Panetta 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Jacob Merkle vs Ben Thompson 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 3
1 Larry Carter vs Phil Fry 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Joel Szirony vs Andrew Webber 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Jacob Merkle vs Mark Panetta 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Austin Mills vs Ben Thompson 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)

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Android Netrunner Results – January 6, 2015

Android Netrunner Results – January 6, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out to Round 5 of our Winter 2014 Organized Play Season! We had a great time, with 9 people attending. Wins were split down the middle, with 12 Corp wins and 12 Runner wins. So much for the Corp being over powered, right now, huh? And how about Anarch taking 41.7% of Runner wins? Craziness!

Players and Ranking

Rank Name Prestige SoS RW CW W-T-L
1. Joel Szirony
(Andromeda / Blue Sun)
12 12 3 3 3-0-0
2. John Gregory
(Quetzal / Near-Earth Hub)
8 21 2 2 1-2-0
3. Keith LaRue
(Leela Patel / Near-Earth Hub)
8 16 2 2 1-2-0
4. Jacob Merkle
(Quetzal / Personal Evolution)
7 14 1 1 1-0-1
5. Larry Carter
(Rielle “Kit” Peddler / Making News)
6 22 1 2 1-1-1
6. Austin Mills
(Noise / Engineering the Future)
6 16 1 2 1-1-1
7. Andrew Webber
(Noise / The Foundry)
6 15 1 0 0-1-1
8. Ben Thompson
(Andromeda / Harmony Medtech)
4 18 0 0 0-0-2
9. Drake Cutcher
(Chaos Theory / Blue Sun)
2 26 1 0 0-1-2

SoS: Strength of Schedule / RW: Runner Wins / CW: Corp Wins / W-T-L: Win-Tie-Loss

Pairings for Round 3

Player 1 Player 2
Table 1 Joel Szirony vs Larry Carter
Table 2 John Gregory vs Keith LaRue
Table 3 Andrew Webber vs Jacob Merkle
Table 4 Drake Cutcher vs Austin Mills
Table 5 Ben Thompson vs Bye

Results

Round 1
1 John Gregory vs Jacob Merkle 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Ben Thompson vs Joel Szirony 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Austin Mills vs Larry Carter 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Drake Cutcher vs Keith LaRue 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Andrew Webber vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 2
1 John Gregory vs Andrew Webber 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
2 Joel Szirony vs Drake Cutcher 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Keith LaRue vs Austin Mills 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Larry Carter vs Ben Thompson 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
5 Jacob Merkle vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
Round 3
1 Joel Szirony vs Larry Carter 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
2 John Gregory vs Keith LaRue 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Andrew Webber vs Jacob Merkle 0 : 3 (R 0:1 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Drake Cutcher vs Austin Mills 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Ben Thompson vs Bye 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)

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Android Netrunner Results – December 23, 2014

Android Netrunner Results – December 23, 2014

We’re a few days late, posting this, but that doesn’t take away from the AWESOME time we had last Tuesday! We had 10 folks come out. Austin and John ended up tied at the end of the night, so they flipped a coin for “1st place”. Congrats guys!

Players and Ranking

Rank Name Prestige SoS RW CW W-T-L
1. Austin Mills
(Andromeda / Personal Evolution)
9 16 2 3 2-1-0
2. John Gregory
(Quetzal / Cerebral Imaging)
9 16 2 3 2-1-0
3. Jacob Merkle
(Noise / Personal Evolution)
8 20 1 3 1-2-0
4. Dan Fackelman
(Gabriel Santiago / Blue Sun)
8 15 2 2 1-2-0
5. Larry Carter
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Making News)
6 19 1 2 1-1-1
6. Joel Szirony
(Andromeda / Custom Biotics)
5 14 3 0 0-3-0
7. Drake Cutcher
(Chaos Theory / Replicating Perfection)
4 19 1 1 1-0-2
8. Andrew Cuprys
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / NEXT Design)
4 16 1 1 0-2-1
9. Andrew Webber
(Rielle “Kit” Peddler / Custom Biotics)
2 20 1 0 0-1-2
10. Ben Thompson
(Kate “Mac” McCaffrey / Building a Better World)
2 16 0 1 0-1-2
SoS: Strength of Schedule / RW: Runner Wins / CW: Corp Wins / W-T-L: Win-Tie-Loss

Pairings for Round 3

Player 1 Player 2
Table 1 John Gregory vs Jacob Merkle
Table 2 Larry Carter vs Austin Mills
Table 3 Drake Cutcher vs Dan Fackelman
Table 4 Joel Szirony vs Andrew Webber
Table 5 Andrew Cuprys vs Ben Thompson

Results

Round 1
1 Ben Thompson vs Jacob Merkle 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
2 Austin Mills vs Andrew Webber 3 : 0 (R 1:0 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Dan Fackelman vs Larry Carter 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
4 Joel Szirony vs Andrew Cuprys 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Drake Cutcher vs John Gregory 0 : 3 (R 0:1 C · C 0:2 R)
Round 2
1 Jacob Merkle vs Austin Mills 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
2 John Gregory vs Andrew Cuprys 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
3 Dan Fackelman vs Joel Szirony 2 : 2 (R 2:0 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Larry Carter vs Andrew Webber 4 : 0 (R 2:0 C · C 2:0 R)
5 Ben Thompson vs Drake Cutcher 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
Round 3
1 John Gregory vs Jacob Merkle 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)
2 Larry Carter vs Austin Mills 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
3 Drake Cutcher vs Dan Fackelman 0 : 4 (R 0:2 C · C 0:2 R)
4 Joel Szirony vs Andrew Webber 1 : 2 (R 1:0 C · C 0:2 R)
5 Andrew Cuprys vs Ben Thompson 2 : 2 (R 0:2 C · C 2:0 R)

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