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Subject: 2013 Portland, Oregon ANR Regional Championship Tournament Report (June 22) rss

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First off, congratulations to Nick Patron, Portland's ANR Regional Champion!



Venue: Guardian Games (website, Facebook)
Sign-ups: 9 AM
Scheduled Start: 10 AM
# of Participants: 27
Tourney Structure: 4 Swiss Qualifier rounds and cut to Top 8 with 3 Single Elimination rounds.

About the attendance, we had a record 27 participants in our Regional Championship. This was unexpected as we previously had fielded 16 and 17 players in our last two warm-up tournaments. We have a wonderful set of regulars and it was great to see some fresh faces.

Our actual start time was 10:35 AM.

The first four rounds went relatively smoothly (with only one result being miss entered in round 2, it was caught and corrected before round 3 was seated and started). We did not have a single disqualification and I do not believe we had need of a TO ruling throughout the tourney.

We did have two software tracking glitches (one user related, one bad formula in the round 4 tracking sheet). The first was quickly resolved in round 3 and I was able to fix the round 4 sheet during the meal break.

Results of the first 4 rounds:


Breakdown of total faction IDs by Corp and Runner:


Notes on the PDX Tournament Meta:
We didn't see a seismic shift in corp like we did last month. There definitely was an slight increase in HB 1: Engineering the Future but with all the new players that could just be noise from increased attendance. Weyland Consortium was really the only ID that stagnated.

On the runner side, there was a huge change. Noise continued to decline in popularity and Wizzard was again a no show. We saw a bit of a Kate resurgence, but Chaos Theory was almost non-existent. Andromeda was the massive favorite followed by Gabe. Criminal ruled the day.

Top 8 and the Single Elimination Rounds:
The first two rounds of Single Elimination (SE) rounds went to time. We had a time out in round 1 and a concession near the end of time in round 2.

The final round went very fast. Both players, Nick Patron and Alex Rockwell had bad luck with their corporate draws and it was Alex's choice of not running a remote server that allows Nick to score 2 agenda points before Alex sealed the deal.

The only way Alex could loose the tourney was to get shut out 0-7 or lose 1-7. Unfortunately, as has been posted before, he had a horrible opening draw and Mulliganed into a worse one.

Single Elimination Results:


Breakdown of Top 8 faction IDs:


Some Thoughts On Top 8 IDs:
Even split between HB and NBN. If Aaron and David has not been paired against each other we could have seen HB vs. NBN in the finals. Bryan Goodwin's Jinteki PE deck had the misfortune of having faced Alex a second time and the Scorched Earth that handed Alex is only lose during qualifiers was quickly countered. I didn't see what happened with Weyland vs. HB so I cannot comment on what happened there.

My crushing loss to my opponent was a combination of tired, spazzy play on my part coupled with bad draws in subsequent rounds. Absolutely deadly against the caliber of opponent that Riley is. We played the second games for giggles (I could only tie at that point and a tie goes to the higher seed). In the second game my corp drew a 2 agenda + 1 Pop-up as my only ICE (the 2 Psychos were not helping) and I Mulliganed into 3 agendas, a Pop-up, and a Caduceus. Gabe crushed me. Not my finest (less than) hour.

Things To Add:
* Full personal play report.
* A Top 8 Finisher's Deck Lists.
* More photos from the event.

1st Place Deck Lists:

Nick Patron's PDX ANR Regional Champion Corp Deck List (49 cards)

Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future

Agenda (9)
3 Accelerated Beta Test
1 Corporate War
2 Priority Requisition
3 Project Vitruvius

Asset (9)
3 Adonis Campaign
1 Aggressive Secretary
2 Eve Campaign
2 Melange Mining Corp
1 Snare! ••

Upgrade (2)
2 SanSan City Grid ••••• •

Operation (9)
3 Archived Memories
3 Biotic Labor
3 Hedge Fund

Barrier (5)
3 Eli 1.0
2 Wall of Static

Code Gate (8)
2 Enigma
3 Pop-up Window •••
2 Tollbooth ••••
1 Viper

Sentry (5)
3 Ichi 1.0
2 Rototurret

ICE (2)
2 Chimera

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EDIT: Fixed the missing ICE (2 Enigma) that got left out.


Nick Patron's PDX ANR Regional Champion Runner Deck List (49 cards)

Gabriel Santiago: Consummate Professional

Event (23)
3 Account Siphon
3 Easy Mark
2 Emergency Shutdown
2 Forged Activation Orders
2 Infiltration
2 Inside Job
3 Quality Time •••
3 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (9)
2 Desperado
1 Dyson Mem Chip
1 E3 Feedback Implants
1 HQ Interface
2 Plascrete Carapace
2 R&D Interface ••••

Resource (6)
3 Armitage Codebusting
2 Bank Job
1 Kati Jones

Icebreaker (7)
1 Corroder ••
2 Crypsis
1 Mimic
1 Ninja
2 Yog.0 ••

Program (4)
3 Datasucker •••
1 Sneakdoor Beta

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Top 8 Deck Lists By Seed Order:

Seed #1: Alex Rockwell- Finalist

2013 PDX RC - HB SanSan (49 cards)

Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future

Agenda (11)
3 Accelerated Beta Test
2 False Lead
3 Private Security Force
3 Project Vitruvius

Asset (8)
3 Adonis Campaign
2 Eve Campaign
3 Melange Mining Corp

Upgrade (3)
3 SanSan City Grid ••••• ••••

Operation (7)
1 Archived Memories
3 Biotic Labor
3 Hedge Fund

Barrier (7)
3 Eli 1.0
1 Ice Wall
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (7)
3 Enigma
3 Pop-up Window •••
1 Tollbooth ••

Sentry (6)
3 Ichi 1.0
3 Rototurret

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2013 PDX RC - Datasucker Andromeda (45 cards)

Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie

Event (17)
3 Account Siphon
3 Easy Mark
3 Emergency Shutdown
1 Infiltration
2 Inside Job
2 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (9)
3 Desperado
1 E3 Feedback Implants
2 Plascrete Carapace
3 R&D Interface ••••• •

Resource (7)
2 Bank Job
3 Compromised Employee
2 Kati Jones

Icebreaker (9)
2 Corroder ••••
2 Crypsis
2 Faerie
1 Femme Fatale
2 Yog.0 ••

Program (3)
3 Datasucker •••

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Seed #2: Aaron Freeman - Quarter-finalist

2013 PDX RC - NBN: Straight to the Top (49 cards)

NBN: Making News

Agenda (10)
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
2 Breaking News
2 Priority Requisition
3 Project Beale

Asset (8)
3 Adonis Campaign ••••• •
2 Marked Accounts
3 Melange Mining Corp

Upgrade (4)
2 Bernice Mai
2 SanSan City Grid

Operation (7)
3 Hedge Fund
2 Midseason Replacements
2 Psychographics

Barrier (3)
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (9)
3 Chum •••
3 Pop-up Window
3 Tollbooth

Sentry (8)
3 Caduceus ••••• •
3 Data Raven
2 Flare

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2013 PDX RC - Andromeda: Thrill of the Fight (45 cards)

Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie

Event (21)
3 Account Siphon
3 Easy Mark
3 Emergency Shutdown
2 Infiltration
3 Inside Job
2 Quality Time ••
2 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (13)
2 Desperado
2 Dyson Mem Chip
3 HQ Interface
3 Plascrete Carapace
3 R&D Interface ••••• •

Icebreaker (7)
1 Corroder ••
3 Crypsis
2 Femme Fatale
1 Yog.0

Program (4)
2 Magnum Opus ••••
2 Sneakdoor Beta

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Seed #3: Justin Dugger - Quarter-finalist

2013 PDX RC - Weyland Tag & Bag (49 cards)

Weyland Consortium: Building a Better World

Agenda (13)
3 False Lead
2 Government Contracts
3 Hostile Takeover
2 Posted Bounty
3 Project Atlas

Upgrade (2)
2 Simone Diego

Operation (14)
3 Beanstalk Royalties
3 Green Level Clearance •••
3 Hedge Fund
3 Scorched Earth
2 SEA Source ••••

Barrier (6)
3 Ice Wall
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (5)
2 Chum ••
3 Enigma

Sentry (9)
3 Archer
3 Caduceus
3 Data Raven ••••• •

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2013 PDX RC - Andromeda: More Money (45 cards)

Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie

Event (28)
3 Account Siphon
3 Easy Mark
3 Emergency Shutdown
2 Forged Activation Orders
3 Infiltration
3 Inside Job
3 Modded ••••• •
3 Quality Time •••
2 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (6)
2 Desperado
2 HQ Interface
2 Plascrete Carapace

Resource (2)
2 Bank Job

Icebreaker (5)
1 Corroder ••
3 Crypsis
1 Faerie

Program (4)
2 Magnum Opus ••••
2 Sneakdoor Beta

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Seed #4: Riley Scott - Semi-finalist

2013 PDX RC - Haas-Bioroid: EtF - Fast Advance (49 cards)

Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future

Agenda (11)
3 Accelerated Beta Test
2 False Lead
3 Private Security Force
3 Project Vitruvius

Asset (6)
3 Adonis Campaign
3 Eve Campaign

Upgrade (2)
2 SanSan City Grid ••••• •

Operation (9)
3 Biotic Labor
3 Green Level Clearance
3 Hedge Fund

Barrier (6)
3 Eli 1.0
3 Ice Wall •••

Code Gate (9)
3 Chum •••
3 Pop-up Window •••
3 Viper

Sentry (6)
3 Ichi 1.0
3 Rototurret

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2013 PDX RC - Gabe: Classic Tag Me Update (45 cards)

Gabriel Santiago: Consummate Professional

Event (23)
3 Account Siphon
3 Diesel ••••• •
3 Easy Mark
3 Emergency Shutdown
3 Forged Activation Orders
3 Inside Job
2 Quality Time ••
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (6)
2 Desperado
2 E3 Feedback Implants
2 Plascrete Carapace

Resource (6)
3 Armitage Codebusting
3 Compromised Employee

Icebreaker (7)
2 Corroder ••••
1 Crypsis
3 Femme Fatale
1 Gordian Blade •••

Program (3)
3 Sneakdoor Beta

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Seed #5: Bryan Blumklotz - Quarter-finalist

2013 PDX RC - NBN1-RonBurgundy-6.08 (49 cards)

NBN: Making News

Agenda (11)
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
2 Breaking News
3 Private Security Force
3 Project Beale

Asset (6)
3 Marked Accounts
3 Melange Mining Corp

Upgrade (6)
2 Bernice Mai
2 ChiLo City Grid
2 SanSan City Grid

Operation (7)
3 Closed Accounts
2 Midseason Replacements
2 Psychographics

Barrier (6)
3 Eli 1.0 •••
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (5)
2 Chum ••
3 Pop-up Window

Sentry (8)
3 Caduceus ••••• •
3 Data Raven
2 Ichi 1.0 ••••

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2013 PDX RC - Andy-Resourceless-6.05 (45 cards)

Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie

Event (19)
3 Account Siphon
3 Easy Mark
2 Infiltration
3 Inside Job
2 Quality Time ••
3 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (13)
3 Desperado
3 Dyson Mem Chip
2 E3 Feedback Implants
3 Plascrete Carapace
2 R&D Interface ••••

Icebreaker (9)
1 Corroder ••
3 Crypsis
2 Deus X ••
2 Femme Fatale
1 Yog.0

Program (4)
2 Magnum Opus ••••
2 Sneakdoor Beta

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Seed #6: Nick Patron - Finalist (Tourney Winner)

See OP above for corp deck list.

See OP above for runner deck list.

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Seed #7: David Freeman - Semi-finalist

2013 PDX RC - NBN: TWiY* - Little Big ICE (40 cards)

NBN: The World Is Yours*

Agenda (12)
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
3 Breaking News
3 False Lead
3 Project Beale

Asset (3)
3 Marked Accounts

Operation (10)
2 Anonymous Tip
2 Closed Accounts
3 Hedge Fund
3 Oversight AI ••••• •

Barrier (3)
3 Ice Wall •••

Code Gate (9)
3 Chum •••
3 Pop-up Window
3 Tollbooth

Sentry (3)
3 Flare

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2013 PDX RC - Gabe: Classic Tag Me Variant (45 cards)

Gabriel Santiago: Consummate Professional

Event (23)
3 Account Siphon
3 Diesel ••••• •
3 Easy Mark
3 Emergency Shutdown
3 Forged Activation Orders
3 Inside Job
2 Quality Time ••
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (6)
2 Desperado
2 E3 Feedback Implants
2 Plascrete Carapace

Resource (6)
3 Armitage Codebusting
3 Compromised Employee

Icebreaker (7)
2 Corroder ••••
1 Crypsis
3 Femme Fatale
1 Gordian Blade •••

Program (3)
3 Sneakdoor Beta

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Seed #8: Bryan Goodwin - Quarter-finalist

2013 PDX RC - Jinteki: PE - You Take Damage Now (49 cards)

Jinteki: Personal Evolution

Agenda (10)
3 Braintrust
2 False Lead
3 Fetal AI
2 Priority Requisition

Asset (9)
1 Edge of World
3 Melange Mining Corp
2 Private Contracts
3 Snare!

Upgrade (3)
3 Hokusai Grid

Operation (7)
3 Hedge Fund
3 Neural EMP
1 Scorched Earth ••••

Barrier (3)
3 Eli 1.0 •••

Code Gate (8)
3 Chum
2 Enigma
3 Pop-up Window •••

Sentry (6)
2 Ichi 1.0 ••••
3 Neural Katana
1 Rototurret

ICE (3)
3 Data Mine

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2013 PDX RC - Andomeda: Who You Know (45 cards)

Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie

Event (11)
2 Infiltration
3 Inside Job
1 Modded ••
2 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (8)
2 Desperado
2 Dyson Mem Chip
2 HQ Interface
2 Plascrete Carapace

Resource (13)
3 Access to Globalsec
3 Armitage Codebusting
2 Kati Jones
2 Mr. Li
3 Underworld Contact

Icebreaker (10)
3 Corroder ••••• •
1 Crypsis
1 Femme Fatale
1 Gordian Blade •••
2 Ninja
1 Peacock
1 Yog.0

Program (3)
3 Datasucker •••

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My Play Report for Regionals

My decks are posted up in the Top 8 Decks, so if you need to see what I was playing with, take a gander there.

The Tao of My Decks
NBN1 Ron Burgundy 6.08:
As you can see this was the 8th version of this deck since the release of Future Proof (there were many variations in the 4.xx and 5.xx phase before Project Beal and Midseason). A week before the tournament I was trying to lock in which version I would bring. It would be either my Ichi 1.0 version 6.08 or my Archer variant 6.07. Ichi won. I didn’t have to sacrifice an agenda to rez it, it was well priced and could do brain damage and tag.

So, why Ron Burgundy? Well that name was a veiled reference to the line from the movie, “Well that escalated quickly.” The deck was designed to chug along doing its Never Advance thing until the runner either ran into Trace Ice + ChiLo + Bernice (or some variation of the two) or triggered a Midseason Replacement. I would then tag-lock them with PSF and/or Psychgraphics them.
When I started using NBN sever data packs ago, it was in response to a Noise heavy meta that had destroyed any Jinteki deck I built. Then Jopejopes classic tag me Gabe deck started gaining traction and I had to adjust my deck to deal with that as well.
So, this deck is built on a Never Advance chassis as its main means of victory, but it also deals tag punishment to make the traces mean something. Having multiple means of victory puts tons of pressure on the runner. In the early game you want to score agendas quickly on a server with a couple of ICE on it. After the runner can cut through them with breakers either finish with SanSan/AstroScript or Psychographics. If you get tag lock run mill the runner until your cards come up and then score.

Andromeda Resourceless 6.05
Before the release of the final data pack, I had switch from Chaos Theory to Gabe. While using Jopejope’s classic deck was a great learning tool, it just didn’t hit all my buttons. It was frustrating not to be able to get what I needed, when I needed it. And Gabe’s late game was atrocious.

After my drubbing in my 2nd tournament with Gabe I decided I wanted to go real fast like Ricky Bobby. I tried it with Gabe but found Andy was more conducive to and explosive opening and with the introduction of R&D Interface suddenly criminal has a route to a late game with a proper economy. That is where Magnum Opus come in.

I took the No Resource mantra a little too literally and dumped them all. I also dump Emergency Shutdown (horrors!) because I used it maybe 2 times in play testing and it wasn’t pulling its weight. Out it went. E3 was brought in late after running against a Bioroid heavy HB deck that locked me out with deep ICE. With a lot of Eli 1.0 and Ichi 1.0 being splashed I felt that had legs outside of a HB match-up. I dumped HQ interface entirely. Deus X, why? Simply put, there is Jinteki in my meta and it will let me slip through some big ICE if it came up (unfortunately that didn’t come up and I should have put Fearie instead).

I unfortunately did not have a lot of time 3 weeks before the tourney to playtest extensively and so I built the best decks I could with the information I was able to glean. I did really well with my Corp deck and was alright with my Runner deck choices. More about that later.

Pre-Game Jitters
First off, I was nervous. I get that way right before completion. I deal with this through 13 years of competitive swimmer, chess, poker, you name it. Once it begins, I settle down.

ROUND 1: I Got A Rock (or I get the bye)
We had an odd number of players and luck/unluck would have it I get the Bye. On one hand I got 6 prestige and a ticket near the top of the rankings after round 1. On the downside I didn’t get any match points if I needed to break a tie with them. Worse my Bye opponent gives me no points towards Strength of Schedule Points (SoSP). I take my 6 Prestige and wait for round 2.

ROUND 2: I Face An Apprentice Of Mine – Renee (HB: EtF/Kate)
Game 1: I start off as runner and I cut through HB’s Bioroids (E3 was a shocker) coupled with my normal bag of criminal tricks plus R&D interface HB falls in short order. I don’t think Renee was prepared for the level of aggression my deck was able to bring to bear and her economy was crippled by my blasting her econ assets and judicious use of Account Siphon. Result 10-4 for the agenda win.

Game 2: Renee’s fiancée (who she beat-up in round 1) has faced my NBN deck but she hasn’t. On the plus side for her, I helped her refine her Kate deck into a R&D hate machine. Should be a good game, I wasn’t disappointed. I don’t remember my opening draw, but it was good enough to keep. Standard ICE, ICE, credit. I score a Never Advanced (NA) Project Beal and get my drip econ started.

I don’t remember which central sever she burned through to snag her first agenda but it unleashes my Midseason (in my hand from the draw) and I hit her for 6 tags (would have been 8 if she had not used both of her credits and her 1 link). I have Psycho, Closed Accounts, something else, and my auto draw Private Security Force… Install PSF, Psycho for 4, score it. Renee hasn’t experience PSF lock yet.

She looks at my PSF and nearly blunders by taking 3 credits and clearing a tag (only 2 cards in hand). She recovers and draws instead of the last click for a credit. Death spiral started. My Marked Account feeds me credits while I mill nearly 1/3 of her deck, I manage to score a Breaking News right as the lock was about to expire. 5-2 is the score so far and I have sewn up the match win.
I milled her Deep Thoughts and R&D Interfaces but now it’s her turn. I get more money and prepare for an onslaught. I had no way to get rid of her Magnum Opus (curse that card) and she powers through my defenses on R&D (mostly pop-ups and Eli 1.0). She snags 2 AP (ugh!) and then runs it again and snags another 2 AP (double ugh!).
I tie off R&D (now she can only run it once and burns most of her clicks) and get SanSan in play behind a secure remote. Now it’s a race to see who gets to the last agenda first. I manage to get my final Breaking News and score it with SanSan out of hand. 6-6 and game is on the line. Renee sees time running out and makes a desperate play and crashes through my R&D server hitting a recently installed Ichi. She breaks only the program subs and lets me run the trace, brain damage and now her grip is two cards and she has a tag. She ends the run with nothing to show for it and I flatline her. Tense game where she nearly took me. Final prestige 6 and now my total is at 12 (I am now the #1 seed).

A quick note about my opponent. I consider Renee the most improved player in the Oregon contingent. When I first played her over 2 months ago I was literally her 4 game of Netrunner ever. Since that time she has improved her deck building and is now in the solid middle of our tournament pack. My hat is off to her. I will also point out that Renee and her fiancée Eric live out in the middle of nowhere with no access to OCTGN or player pool beyond the 3 players there. It would be scary what she could do if she could play more games to train up.

ROUND 3: “No Mr. Rockwell, I Want You To Die!” - Alex (HB/Andromeda)
Moment of truth. I have never had the chance to vs. Alex in casual or tournament play. I was both nervous and excited. Part of my Andromeda build was from his article on her over at Stimhack so he was probably going to be hard to surprise with it. He hadn’t faced my NBN deck so that was on my side. Turns out I was completely wrong about how it would play out.

Game 1: Alex wins the die role and elects to run first. School was in session. Alex killed my economy. Marked Accounts, boom! MMC found in an HQ run, boom! SanSan, both of them boom-boom! I paid him in kind, he shot his Bank Job wad, I killed his Kati when he Account Siphoned me and hit ChiLo and Bernice on HQ. That would have been it, I would have won the game if he was playing my version of Andromeda. Instead he had 2 cyberfeeders and R&D Interface out and he was able to prevent me from getting more than 4 AP. Good game.

Game 2: Things are not looking good for me. Alex’s HB Fast Advance deck has a brutal tournament reputation her in Portland. One of the other Alexs (a very good player in he own right) here has only beat it once. I surprise Alex with running both MO and Sneakdoor. He doesn’t ICE up his Archive and take advantage. I get out R&D Interface and force him to spread out his defenses. An early E3 makes his R&D defense Swiss-cheese. I kill his economy whenever I can. We see-saw back and forth seeking advantage. The game drifts into a 6-6 stalemate. I played everything right (rand R&D with Interface out, Hit HQ when it apparent he had agendas there) and came up empty and Alex scores the agenda he needs to shut me out. 0 Prestige but 10 Match Points.

Alex was sweating that last game and he told me that I was the toughest match he had up until that point (high praise). I consider myself a journeyman player and to have one of our best players compliment your skill is a needed balm to a heartbreaking loss.

ROUND 4: DEATH DUEL FOR TOP 8 – Josh (HB/Chaos Theory)
Game 1: I don’t remember who won the die roll but I am running vs. yet another HB deck. My main goal was to keep him poor and off balance. Account Siphon was my best friend. I used my Infiltration to avoid a double advanced Aggressive Secretary, kill another in his R&D. Once again R&D Interface come through. Also, where I was completely unlucky hitting agendas in Alex’s HQ last match, I pull a clutch one out of his hand to keep him from winning. I squeak out an 8-6 win.

Game 2: Now the pressure is on. I have to score 6 AP to tie or win the game to advance to the Top 8. NBN vs. Chaos Theory. I make it my goal to score as fast as I can before my opponent can get a full rig out and crush me like a bug. I figure that he is going to try and R&D lock me, I am not disappointed.

My defense play is to put a hard stop on HQ, Wall of Static, because of agendas in hand. I will later drop an Ichi 1.0 in front of it. My reasoning is that I will try and get a many agendas into my HQ before I get locked out of my R&D. I put Pop-ups and Eli 1.0s on R&D to make it expensive as possible to run it. Archives was bare. I put my last Wall of Static out on my remote along with two different ICE in front of it (one will get Femmed and trashed).

The first turn is uneventful probing my defenses. The real fun comes a few rounds later when he Indexes my R&D and then scores the agenda he put on top of my draw pile. I manage to score a few with the help of a SanSan and he scores a few with the help of 2 R&D Interfaces. Eventually we at 5-6 and things are getting tense. I have made it expensive to run R&D but he can hit almost at will with a single run. He hits me twice Maker’s Eye digging down to 4 cards. Gets nothing. I can’t believe my luck.

On the second Maker’s Eye run he has a click left and a few credits, I have five. He runs my HQ and I get to rez my long dormant Ichi 1.0. I kill his Magnum Opus and Corroder (leaving him with Femme with personal touch and Gordian Blade), trace him and do 1 brain damage and hit him with a tag. This breaks his back. I either killed a second Corroder with the Ichi brain damage or with a PSF hit on my turn, I can’t remember. I have Pop-ups and Eli 1.0s on R&D, Wall of Static on HQ and my Remote Server.

Now it’s a race between my digging for Agendas to score and my opponent rebuilding his rig and economy. I score a Breaking News evening us up at 6-6 and guaranteeing that we split the 6 Prestige Points and he pulls out a Corroder. Still not econ to speak of though so he cannot power through my R&D server. I manage to pull out and final agenda and score it on my SanSan from my hand. Whew. 6 Prestige (I have total of 18 and secure my spot in the final 8 as the 5th seed).

One of the best games I have ever played. I consider my game against Alex one of my top 5 games because I learned so much from facing his decks and how he plays them. I think this game was great because I made the best moves I could at a disadvantage and manage to pull out a win that I should not been able to.

Dinner Break
I don’t really get to rest. Our tracking spreadsheet barfs on Round 4 and I have to fix it. Fortunately my wife stops by and gets me something to eat. Thanks sweetie.

Single Elimination Round 1: Blankity, Blank, Blank, Blank – Riley Scott (HB/Gabe)
Game 1: I lose the die roll and Riley choses to run as corp first. My initial draw was bad, little or no econ and nothing to pressure what I know will probably be HB Fast Advance. That seems to be the dominate version that makes it the finals (My guess is right). I Mulligan. Its better but not awesome. Riley starts the money machine and lays down ICE. I stall after my initial draw and never recover. I can’t get my economy started after making a few turns of probing attacks with netting nothing.

SanSan comes out and agendas start scoring and I cannot stop it. I can’t even break through to kill the damn SanSan. It ends quickly and brutally 0-7. At this point I have lost because all I can do is win 7-0 and tie. In a tie the higher seed advances to the next round. Good game Riley.

Game 2: Riley agrees to play for giggles. His Gabe deck eviscerates me. I drew into a bad hand, Mulligan into worse. I end the game with 3 agendas in hand after Riley scores another from an HQ run. He only pulled 2 others from my R&D. Aggressive Gabe vs. terrible ICE draw and agenda constipation is deadly and mercifully quick.

I was tired, playing like a spaz and against the caliber opponent that Riley is just not going to cut it. A bad draw is a disadvantage. I don’t have to augment it with silly mistakes and bad play.

That was my tournament. I came and managed archive what I came to do, placing in the Top 8. I really wanted one of those play mats. I will do better next time and maybe I could even afford to attend the ANR Worlds Championships next year if I win the whole thing.

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Awesome, congrats Nick!
 
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My report has been submitted and should appear soon. (Dang, shouldve been faster, before you spoiled the ending!)

It was a great day of netrunner for all.


Man, 1st-10th were all Criminal. What a meta.
And pretty much what I expected, but even more heavily weighted to criminal.
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Thanks for posting the lists!
 
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Been waiting several weeks to see Saracenus' NBN list Don't let me down filling in placeholder 1 and 2!
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Been waiting several weeks to see Saracenus' NBN list Don't let me down filling in placeholder 1 and 2!
Oh I will be posting up the all Top 8 Ranking decks. I just got to get them into web-publishable format.

My NBN deck performed well right up to my crushing defeat in the first single elimination round. I give my opponent, Riley Scott, a lot of credit for having a brutal runner deck and piloting it with merciless skill. My bad luck and spazzy play only made a tough situation worse.
 
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Is that the HB list I submitted? It doesn't have either of my 2 Enigmas (but is otherwise correct) which bumps it up to 49 cards. I'm hoping it's just a data entry issue, cause I had 2 enigmas in my deck.

-Nick

Edit: It's fixed! Thanks!
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Verhexung wrote:
hey Alex, would you mind posting your deck lists as well?

EDIT: ah, I see top 8 will be posted. That's good to hear. Btw, netrunner.meteor.com is awesome for inputing decklists.
I submitted a report 20 minutes ago, its coming. Its 20 pages long, lol. SO probably some reviewer is reading it.

It has my lists. I might be off by card or soemthing on my runner deck, since I did the list in the report from memory. Brian's report here in a bit will have it.


I played a SanSan based HB fast advance, and a Datasucker based Andromeda, that usually plays plascrete and accepts tags.
 
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TheBoot wrote:
Is that the HB list I submitted? It doesn't have either of my 2 Enigmas (but is otherwise correct) which bumps it up to 49 cards. I'm hoping it's just a data entry issue, cause I had 2 enigmas in my deck.

-Nick

Edit: It's fixed! Thanks!
Caught it before you post, I don't know what happened when I made your list, I typed in Enigma, sigh.

And, you are welcome.
 
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Fantastic report! I am glad to have been a part of it and congrats to Nick! I had an absolute great time and enjoyed playing with the crowd in Portland. Was definitely worth the trip up from Arcata.
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Fantastic report! I am glad to have been a part of it and congrats to Nick! I had an absolute great time and enjoyed playing with the crowd in Portland. Was definitely worth the trip up from Arcata.
Glad both you and David could make it up. It was great having you guys up here. {Insert joke about hated Californians taking our Oregon 2 of 8 Top Seeds...}

I believe you had the longest trip to the tourney (one guy was from Texas but he is going to school here in Oregon). Riley was from Seattle. I think that was it for the out-of-state crowd.
 
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Very nice session report. I was so depressed after that one point match loss in the first round. I couldn't close any game on round 3 when I played Bryan Goodwin but I don't think 10th place is bad out of 27.

Overall, my runner deck won 75% of my games, and my corp deck won 50%

I had fun and looking forward to more tournaments.
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Thanks for the excellent write-up Bryan. My notes:
1) I expected more NBN, based on our Thursday games at Red Castle. Certainly more than 1 person with NBN2. Maybe I should get to the Rainy Day meetup some time for variety, it is on my way home from work after all.
2) I'm glad I was at least the highest-ranked Shaper. And the highest (and, um, lowest) Jinteki:RP deck! I think I need more practice since I'm something like 5-5 with that ID. Or maybe I should just give up, since I feel like that one person still making candles after the light bulb was invented.
3) I find it funny I ended up nearly dead-center of the pack and went 2-2 with both my decks. I am the quintessential average A:NR player, clearly.
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1) I expected more NBN, based on our Thursday games at Red Castle.
I wish we could have swapped opponents. I prepped for HB and Weyland and played against three NBN and your Jinteki.
 
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Sweet, get to finally see Bryan's deck I've got a bunch of questions for you; do you want me to post them here in this thread, ask them in the Never Advance thread, start a new one, geekmail you, or some other option I didn't think of? The only reason I'd like to do it on the forums vs geekmail is that I suspect the ensuing strategy conversation will probably be worthwhile reading.
 
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Sweet, get to finally see Bryan's deck I've got a bunch of questions for you; do you want me to post them here in this thread, ask them in the Never Advance thread, start a new one, geekmail you, or some other option I didn't think of? The only reason I'd like to do it on the forums vs geekmail is that I suspect the ensuing strategy conversation will probably be worthwhile reading.
Probably should be better in Never Advance thread. Since the basic strategy is NA with a bits of flytrap, tagstorm and FA influence. Go ahead and copy the deck list over there and I will try and comment on my deck build when I get a chance.

I will also being doing a write up of my performance during the tourney here, but that will talk about both decks not just my NBN one.

When I get the chance I will post up the Archer variant (Ron Burgundy 6.07) that I discarded in favor of my Ichi 1.0 deck.
 
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Brian youre misspelling my last name ("Rodgers") in the decklist post.
 
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Saracenus wrote:

Seed #2: Aaron Freeman - Quarter-finalist

2013 PDX RC - NBN: Straight to the Top (49 cards)

NBN: Making News

Agenda (10)
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
2 Breaking News
2 Priority Requisition
3 Project Beale

Asset (8)
3 Adonis Campaign ••••• •
2 Marked Accounts
3 Melange Mining Corp

Upgrade (4)
2 Bernice Mai
2 SanSan City Grid

Operation (7)
3 Hedge Fund
2 Midseason Replacements
2 Psychographics

Barrier (3)
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (9)
3 Chum •••
3 Pop-up Window
3 Tollbooth

Sentry (8)
3 Caduceus ••••• •
3 Data Raven
2 Flare
Wow! I didnt play Aaron or see his deck during the day, but I just had some Deja Vu seeing the list.

This is my current NBN list, but I have -1 Data Raven, +1 SanSan.
I'm thinking that either I posted it sometime recently, or that great minds think alike.
 
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Brian youre misspelling my last name ("Rodgers") in the decklist post.
I see what you did there... it's B-R-Y-A-N. I will fix, it didn't help we had 3 Alexs, 4 Bryan/Brians, and several other duplicate names...

You all are biting on my name...
 
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Saracenus wrote:
Alexfrog wrote:
Brian youre misspelling my last name ("Rodgers") in the decklist post.
I see what you did there... it's B-R-Y-A-N. I will fix, it didn't help we had 3 Alexs, 4 Bryan/Brians, and several other duplicate names...

You all are biting on my name...
Wow, lol!

That wouldve been so clever if it had been intentional.
 
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Alexfrog wrote:
Saracenus wrote:

Seed #2: Aaron Freeman - Quarter-finalist

2013 PDX RC - NBN: Straight to the Top (49 cards)

NBN: Making News

Agenda (10)
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
2 Breaking News
2 Priority Requisition
3 Project Beale

Asset (8)
3 Adonis Campaign ••••• •
2 Marked Accounts
3 Melange Mining Corp

Upgrade (4)
2 Bernice Mai
2 SanSan City Grid

Operation (7)
3 Hedge Fund
2 Midseason Replacements
2 Psychographics

Barrier (3)
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (9)
3 Chum •••
3 Pop-up Window
3 Tollbooth

Sentry (8)
3 Caduceus ••••• •
3 Data Raven
2 Flare
Wow! I didnt play Aaron or see his deck during the day, but I just had some Deja Vu seeing the list.

This is my current NBN list, but I have -1 Data Raven, +1 SanSan.
I'm thinking that either I posted it sometime recently, or that great minds think alike.
What's the point of Bernice in this list?
 
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What's the point of Bernice in this list?
My assumption would be to help beef-up tags for Psychographics. My problem with Psycho, Bernice, and Midseason in this deck is that its ability to punish tags is severely limited. The only way a Tag-Me Criminal deck cares is if you can Psycho a Beal for the win.

There just isn't a lot of synergy here. It needs Closed Accounts, very badly. I understand the Priority Requisition with all the big ICE, but if you are going for Tagstorm I would have gone with PSF to make the tags have more bite.

He did better than I did in the Swiss Qualifiers so it obviously worked.
 
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