The first local Exeter tournament I went to was when I was still quite new to the game and I won half my games (3/4 runner and 1/4 corp) and finished about average. Then I did some research and some testing and came to my second tournament slightly more ready. Note that Opening Moves is/was not out yet in the UK (as of writing this on 30/09/2013, the tournament was held 28/09/2013).
I'll cover this one first since it was extremely effective, but pretty boring, a standard "Kataman" deck, an exact card for card copy of the deck
used to win the Gencon tourny, it can be found here. I was going to change it a bit before the tounry, but decided to leave it as is.(I sent him some GG and a PM to say thanks)
Here's the interesting one, I kept building and taking apart Corp decks before the tounry until I got one I liked. With the corp being "weak" in this format (imho) I decided to go for something a bit crazy and silly and I'm glad it worked out. I realised Scorhed Earths weakness was Carapace and part of the idea is I could get around that by playing HB, because noone expects Scorched Earth in HB, right? (probably wrong but whatever). Partly Inspired by
's Cerebal Imaging deck here, the deck aims to protect HQ and R&D until it draws a game winning combo, however instead of trying to score 7 AP in one turn with a many card combo the deck wins with a 2 or 3 card combo (depending if they go below 4 cards in hand). It helps alot if its unexpected and as such I'm unlikely to run it again any time soon.
Here's the list:
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Cerebral Imaging: Infinite Frontiers (Creation and Control)
Total Cards: (45)
Executive Retreat (Trace Amount #39) x3
Priority Requisition (Core #106) x3
Project Vitruvius (Cyber Exodus #51) x1
Adonis Campaign (Core #56) x3
Eve Campaign (Humanity's Shadow #92) x3
Bastion (Creation and Control #26) x3
Datapike (Creation and Control #27) x3
Enigma (Core #111) x3
Eli 1.0 (Future Proof #110) x2
Rototurret (Core #64) x3
Wall of Static (Core #113) x3
Scorched Earth (Core #99) x2 ....
SEA Source (Core #86) x2 ..
Anonymous Tip (Core #83) x3 .
Green Level Clearance (A Study in Static #70) x3
Hedge Fund (Core #110) x3
Archived Memories (Core #58) x2
Total Agenda Points: 20
Influence Values Totals -
The Weyland Consortium: 8
How I built the deck:
I always start with Agendas, in this deck the agendas are almost irrelevant as you are not trying to win that way. The deck initally had more 2AP agendas but a friend suggested I play more 3 pointers to have space for 2 more nonagenda cards, I decided that was a good idea.
I then spend my influence, the problem with 3 Scorched Earth is that is 12 Influence, leaving space for only 1 Sea Source. I decided to play 2 of each which left me 3 Influence which was spent on Anonymous Tip for the card draw.
Then I filled the rest of the deck with HB and neutral cards. Adonis, Eve, Green Level and Hedge fund were added for money. I'm not a big fan of Bioroid ice so all the cheap ETR ice I liked from HB and nuetral went in. The deck needed a few more cheap ice, so Eli 1.0 was put in, ideally she sits in front of Adonis/Eve making it more expensive for the runner to trash it and is the only ice in a remote server. When two spaces were freed by changing the Agendas, 2 Archived Memories were added to improve the noise matchup slightly, get back Scorched Earth if needed and otherwise just recur a hedge fund. Quite alot of my corp decks end up at 49, but this is the minumum to increase the chances of drawing the combo as soon as possible.
I ran first against HB:ETF, my opponent had a strong start with 3 ice installed before the game began. Once I got my rig up and running I was felling quite confident and was doing well until I hit an unexpected Edge of World which killed me.
In the Corp game my opponent was playing Kit, which had a strong early game and it was very hard to protect my centrals, eventually I had 3 rezzed ICE in front of hq and r&d and felt slightly protected. I drew the two combo pieces and won.
My opponent was playing Weyland and the professor, an early plascrete probably saved me and I won the runner game. Athough my opponents runner deck was much improved since last tourny, it still ended up dying to Scorched Earth.
Another Weyland and Another Kit. At this point I'm really happy I kept those Palscretes in. I win the runner and corp game, but they weren't easy wins for sure.
My OP was on HB-ND and Noise, I won the runner game, I got some lucky agendas early and it was still close. Noise is a very bad matchup, slowly I see both Archived Memories milled then one Scorched Earth milled. My opponent being careful to keep 4 or more cards in hand I Realise my only win is with Vetrivuis, I manage to setup a remote and score a 1 overadvanced Vetrivuis so I can get back Scorched Earth, but too late, my opponent mills me out and I lose.
I came second,
came first with 14 points (one Corp Loss) and 2 other players (one my 4th round opponent) also finished on 12, but since my wins were split 3/3 I had the better tiebreak. The Kate was going to be a first place prize, but Paul already had a full art kate so offered it to me as a prize and I accepted, thanks! .
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Edit: Sea Source has 2 Influence Points.
- Last edited Tue Oct 1, 2013 5:05 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:35 pm
I'm currently loving Cerebral Imaging as well. I won 2nd in a small tournament and have been doing pretty good in my meta overall with it.
Personally I go a fast advance route. I throw in 3x SanSan, 3x Popup, 3x Caduceus and 3x Ice Wall as my influence. Might make room for Jackson as some point. The combo of making money with Popup, Caduceus, and Eve/Adonis with SanSan and Biotic Labor makes the deck pretty flexible as long as I've got 8+ credits.
I mainly have trouble against Criminals, mainly because of the 3x Account Siphon. I still need to play a lot more with it but I think the ID could have some potential in it. The 22 influence really allows for some scary tag n bag or fast advance play.
Cerebral Imaging has 15 influence...
Cerebral Imaging has 15 influence...
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Sweet! Im Loving it when weird decks do well! Thats partly why i love netrunner, that there's alot of options in deckbuilding. Good Job
- Last edited Tue Oct 1, 2013 9:34 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013 9:20 am
I'm currently loving Cerebral Imaging as well.
I suppose you mean Custom Biotics.
Congratulations! I rocked the same strategy for a while in the BGG league, and it was a ton of fun to play. It was actually remarkably consistent, although Noise can and will mill you out; of course, most of its success was because no one expected anything like it. I suppose the cat is mostly out of the bag now...
In case you're interested, here's my list post-Opening Moves:
Scorched Frontiers (49 cards)
Cerebral Imaging: Infinite Frontiers
3 Executive Retreat
1 Priority Requisition
1 Project Vitruvius
2 Project Wotan
3 Adonis Campaign
3 Melange Mining Corp
3 PAD Campaign
3 Archived Memories
1 Beanstalk Royalties •
2 Biotic Labor
3 Green Level Clearance
3 Hedge Fund
1 Power Grid Overload •
2 Scorched Earth ••••• •••
1 SEA Source ••
3 Eli 1.0
3 Wall of Static
Code Gate (6)
2 NEXT Bronze
3 Pop-up Window •••
2 Ichi 1.0