Android: Netrunner "best card" tournament -- Summary and final standings
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The first edition of the "best card" tournament for Android: Netrunner has concluded. This tournament gave each card that had been released up through A Study in Static a chance to win. What we did was pit all the cards of a particular type (e.g., Operations) against each other until we had the final card from each type or "region." Then in the final two rounds, these regional winners squared off. At the end of it all, we have four winners: one Runner card, one Corporation card, and one Identity of each. The first item in this list details each card's path to the championship (i.e., which cards it walked all over or squeaked by).

The remainder of this list is occupied with the final results from each region. I have posted an easier-to-read snapshot of the bracket for each region (with Programs divided up between icebreakers and other programs) along with a final list of how each card performed, which I will use as the basis for a seeding the next time I run a tournament like this. Depending on when Creation & Control is due to be released, I will either wait for that, or -- if that's looking to be more like a GenCon release rather than "late second quarter" -- I may just wait for the end of the Genesis cycle.

You will quickly notice that each card has a number assigned to it. How did I derive this number? I may be reinventing the wheel with this methodology, but I think it gives us the best approximation with the data that we have available through this tournament.

First, I assigned a number to the card that won the bracket. Originally this number was 100, as in 100%. As I continued compiling, I revised this to 1000, essentially moving out to an extra decimal place for more precision.

Second, I took the finals of that regional and determined what percentage of votes the card that lost had compared to the card that won. For example, in the Icebreakers bracket, the winning card was Corroder, which was assigned a point value of 1000. The final vote total for that bracket was: Corroder 121, Femme Fatale 101. Femme Fatale's vote total was 83.5% of Corroder's, so Femme Fatale was assigned a point value of 835.

Third, I performed this direct comparison for each other card that Corroder defeated in its path to victory.

Fourth, I performed a relative comparison for all the cards that Corroder didn't directly compete against. For example, in the regional semifinals of the Icebreaker section, Femme Fatale defeated Gordian Blade 111-82. Gordian Blade therefore received 73.8% of the votes that Femme Fatale did in that matchup. How would it have performed against Corroder? I simply multiplied Gordian Blade's percentage against Femme Fatale (.738) times Femme Fatale's percentage against Corroder (.835) and used that as the point value (.617, or simply 617). Therefore, we could have more-or-less expected a Corroder/Gordian Blade matchup with the same 223 votes to break down 138-85.

What you will see in the lists that follow is often a large drop downward, with a bunch of cards clustered at the bottom of the list. But remember that this is all relative: the 165 points that separates Femme Fatale from Corroder is roughly equivalent to the 30 points that separates Battering Ram from Snowball -- about 20% of the lower seed in each case.

I think the methodology works quite well to represent what actually occurred in the tournament. If others have better suggestions for how to sift the data to determine actual performance, I am open to said suggestions.

Obviously, though, this methodology does not fix your problem if you believe, for example, that The Maker's Eye should never have beaten Account Siphon. And clearly the way the cards were grouped together has a major influence on how they performed. A different set of initial matchups could have led to some of the lower cards being ranked higher (if, for example, certain cards hadn't had to face the regional champion in the first round). But again, these numbers are looking at actual performance in this tournament.
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Magnum Opus
Round 3: d. Imp 188-41
Round 4: d. Sneakdoor Beta 141-52
Round 5: d. Parasite 152-70
Round 6: d. Corroder 133-114
Round 7: d. Desperado 161-7
Round 8: d. Inside Job 113-112

AstroScript Pilot Program
Round 3: d. Breaking News 125-30
Round 4: d. Private Security Force 164-17
Round 5: d. Project Atlas 153-59
Round 6: d. Nisei MK II 174-77
Round 7: d. Melange Mining Corp. & SanSan City Grid 129-86-17
Round 8: d. Scorched Earth 119-102

Noise
Round 4: d. Whizzard 160-13
Round 5: d. Gabriel Santiago 126-84
Round 6: d. Kate "Mac" McCaffrey 191-53

Engineering the Future
Round 4: d. Stronger Together 161-10
Round 5: d. Making News 183-30
Round 6: d. Personal Evolution 208-38
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Icebreakers



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 Corroder
835 2 Femme Fatale
713 3 Crypsis
617 4 Gordian Blade
358 5 ZU.13 Key Master
298 6 Ninja
295 7 Yog.0
182 8 Snowball
152 9 Battering Ram
131 10 Mimic
119 11 Wyrm
110 12 Deus X
96 13 Pipeline
95 14 Morning Star
67 15 Peacock
40 16 Force of Nature
9 17 Aurora
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Other Programs



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 Magnum Opus
461 2 Parasite
406 3 Medium
369 4 Sneakdoor Beta
218 5 Imp
194 6 Datasucker
185 7 Djinn
38 8 Crescentus
31 9 Nerve Agent
22 10 Snitch
10 11 Net Shield
3 12 Disrupter
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Hardware



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 Desperado
669 2 Dinosaurus
517 3 Cyberfeeder
506 4 Grimoire
491 5 The Toolbox
421 6 Rabbit Hole
321 7 Doppelgänger
298 8 The Personal Touch
192 9 e3 Feedback Implants
153 10 Dyson Mem Chip
117 11 Plascrete Carapace
92 12 Cortez Chip
78 13 Lemuria Codecracker
64 14 Akamatsu Mem Chip
56 15 Spinal Modem
23 16 Muresh Bodysuit
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Resources



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 Personal Workshop
419 2 Armitage Codebusting
391 3 Wyldside
316 4 Ice Carver
308 5 Compromised Employee
307 6 Aesop's Pawnshop
296 7 Liberated Accounts
260 8 Bank Job
150 9 All-nighter
101 10 Public Sympathy
98 11 Decoy
88 12 The Helpful AI
77 13 Crash Space
24 14 Scrubber
23 15 Inside Man
22 16 Joshua B.
18 17 Sacrificial Construct
15 18 Access to Globalsec
12 19 Data Dealer
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Events



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 Inside Job
571 2 Stimhack
563 3 The Maker's Eye
533 4 Account Siphon
450 5 Sure Gamble
364 6 Forged Activation Orders
268 7 Diesel
211 8 Emergency Shutdown
173 9 Déjà Vu
128 10 Infiltration
103 11 Tinkering
89 12 Modded
61 13 Demolition Run
53 14 Vamp
42 15 Easy Mark
39 16 Notoriety
38 17 Satellite Uplink
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Agendas



Pts. Rank Card name
---- ---- ---------
1000 1 AstroScript Pilot Program
443 2 Nisei MK II
386 3 Project Atlas
293 4 Fetal AI
274 5 Project Vitruvius
240 6 Breaking News
219 7 Mandatory Upgrades
188 8 Accelerated Beta Test
150 9 Hostile Takeover
142 10 Government Contracts
114 11 Priority Requisition
104 12 Private Security Force
97 13 False Lead
88 14 Restructured Datapool
75 15 Braintrust
54 16 Posted Bounty
22 17 Executive Retreat
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CORPORATION
Assets



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 Melange Mining Corp.
976 2 Snare!
469 3 Adonis Campaign
298 4 PAD Campaign
267 5 Aggressive Secretary
159 6 Private Contracts
143 7 Edge of World
139 8 Project Junebug
80 9 Marked Accounts
65 10 Zaibatsu Loyalty
54 11 Encryption Protocol
53 12 Ghost Branch
24 13 Net Police
23 14 Security Subcontract
19 15 Dedicated Server
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CORPORATION
Upgrades



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 SanSan City Grid
809 2 Corporate Troubleshooter
747 3 Ash 2X3ZB9CY
714 4 Red Herrings
251 5 Akitaro Watanabe
168 6 Experiential Data
154 7 ChiLo City Grid
140 8 Amazon Industrial Zone
43 9 Research Station
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Operations



Pts. Rank Card name
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1000 1 Scorched Earth
773 2 Hedge Fund
416 3 Trick of Light
313 4 Biotic Labor
310 5 Oversight AI
281 6 Archived Memories
188 7 Closed Accounts
183 8 SEA Source
156 9 Beanstalk Royalties
153 10 Commercialization
110 11 Shipment from Kaguya
106 12 Green Level Clearance
99 13 Precognition
80 14 Big Brother
60 15 Psychographics
58 16 Neural EMP
50 17 Power Grid Overload
48 18 Aggressive Negotiation
45 19 Anonymous Tip
44 20 Sunset
40 21 Shipment from MirrorMorph
25 22 Freelancer
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CORPORATION
ICE
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Pts. Rank Card name
---- ---- ---------
1000 1 Tollbooth
893 2 Ice Wall
604 3 Data Raven
462 4 Archer
332 5 Ichi 1.0
178 6 Pop-up Window
170 7 Neural Katana
163 8 Enigma
145 9 Wall of Static
128 10 Chimera
119 11 Chum
113 12 Hadrian's Wall
108 13 Rototurret
105 14 Caduceus
101 15 Heimdall 1.0
95 16 Janus 1.0
78 17 Uroboros
73 18 Wall of Thorns
66 19 Shadow
60 20 Hourglass
59 21 Matrix Analyzer
54 22 Viper
53 23 Viktor 1.0
47 24 Tyrant
41 25 Draco
39 26 TMI
35 27 Sherlock 1.0
26 28 Hunter
25 29 Woodcutter
20 30 Sensei
18 31 Data Mine
16 32 Bullfrog
15 33 Snowflake
6 34 Cell Portal
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CORPORATION
Identities



Runner
Pts. Rank Card name
---- ---- ---------
1000 1 Noise
667 2 Gabriel Santiago
277 3 Kate "Mac" McCaffrey
227 4 Chaos Theory
81 5 Whizzard

Corporation
Pts. Rank Card name
---- ---- ---------
1000 1 Engineering the Future (Haas-Bioroid)
183 2 Personal Evolution (Jinteki)
164 3 Making News (NBN)
108 4 Replicating Perfection (Jinteki)
81 5 Building a Better World (Weyland Consortium)
62 6 Stronger Together (Haas-Bioroid)
33 7 Because We Built It (Weyland Consortium)
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