Last night saw another duel of bluffs and counter bluffs at the Chatteris Warlords gaming group as I took on a new opponent in Android:Netrunner.
The first game in our head to head duel was my newly constructed NEH deck against my favourite Anarch Noise.
My opponent took an early lead scoring agendas, mainly from my HQ. I was landing tags on Noise, and did cause four meat damage with a scorched earth. I managed to score some agendas to bring it back to a five/six score, with the runner being the six. Noise made a run on my HQ with two cards in my hand, both agendas. Noise had won!
I know where I have to go with this deck, I need to think about the ice, and doing more once the tags have landed. But for a first effort I didn't think it did too bad.
Our second game was my Noise against Core set Jinteki Personal Evolution. I know that with the Most Wanted List hitting particular Noise staples there will most likely be an exodus from the ID for other more green pastures. But I'm not abandoning Noise. We were instant bff's, and I stick by my friends.
My Noise deck was unchanged from last week. I wasn't going to rush into making changes based on one game. Before I start “tweaking” the deck I want at least a couple more plays before deciding what to change to correct any perceived weaknesses.
I was really doing well with Noise, I had Wyldside and Pancakes install, Street Beggar had cards on it, I had used Inject a couple of times, economy could have been better, didn't help Aesop's got trashed early by my opponent.
But with Faust installed, an unprotected Archives (for a good majority of the game), an R&D which had been left unprotected for a surprising length of time, with Medium sitting nicely with six virus counters on it (before a virus purge was eventually done) I scored five agenda points.
However during this golden spell my opponent managed to land some net damage on me taking out a KEY card! My only copy of Levy AR Lab Access got thrown onto the heap, although I had worse did do its job and get three cards back into my hand.
Levy was my only way to recycle my heap back into the stack, and it was gone!!!
You can guess what happened?
I ran out of cards. All the servers were iced up, I had no cards to fuel Faust to get in. I had ground to a stand still. Five agenda points scored, while my corporate opponent hadn't scored anything yet, and I was having to concede the game!
Losing the Levy was basically the key moment of the game. I was breaking in to the main servers at will until I ran out of cards. The card draw, getting loads of cards in to fuel Faust all worked to plan.
So despite earlier saying I wasn't going to tweak the deck, I knew I needed to tweak it for this situation. My first thought was to add a second Levy to the deck. But on my drive home I kicked myself for being so blinkered. I didn't need a second Levy, I needed Same Old Thing instead. It would give me a lot more flexibility than having a second Levy.
So there you have it back to back loses last night. But you know what? I still had a blast. I love this game, plus there are plans to have a draft matchup using the FFG draft packs at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to that.
For those remotely interested here is my NEH deck..
Near-Earth Hub (Upstalk)
1x 15 Minutes (Data and Destiny)
3x AstroScript Pilot Program (Core Set) (MWL)
2x Award Bait (Old Hollywood)
2x Chronos Project (First Contact)
1x Explode-a-palooza (Old Hollywood)
1x Market Research (Fear and Loathing)
2x Private Security Force (Core Set)
3x Project Beale (Future Proof)
2x Adonis Campaign (Core Set) ····
2x City Surveillance (Mala Tempora)
2x Daily Business Show (All That Remains)
2x Early Premiere (Old Hollywood)
2x Franchise City (The Universe of Tomorrow)
2x Ghost Branch (Core Set)
2x News Team (Data and Destiny)
2x PAD Campaign (Core Set)
1x Reversed Accounts (Up and Over)
2x Shannon Claire (Data and Destiny)
1x Cyberdex Virus Suite (Order and Chaos)
2x Media Blitz (Data and Destiny)
1x Scorched Earth (Core Set) ····
2x Shipment from SanSan (Second Thoughts)
2x Wall of Static (Core Set)
Code Gate (8)
2x Archangel (Data and Destiny)
2x Pop-up Window (Cyber Exodus)
3x Tollbooth (Core Set)
1x Turing (Breaker Bay) ···
2x Turnpike (Data and Destiny)
2x Uroboros (A Study in Static)
2x Pup (Honor and Profit) ··
1x Gutenberg (Breaker Bay)
Cards in deck: 57 (min 45)
13/14 (17-3) influence used
3 cards from MWL
Agenda Points: 25
Cards up to Data and Destiny