News for May 2014
Continuing the Run
Reports from the Second Week of the Chronos Protocol Tour
Android: Netrunner The Card Game | Published 09 May 2014

Over the course of April, two megacorporations dueled in the shadows, spending untold resources to cajole, bribe, and blackmail those who would decide the fate of the Chronos Protocol. Which one had the most success? Will it be Haas-Bioroid or Jinteki that becomes the new leader in mind-mapping technology?

On Tuesday, we gave you a summary of events from the first week of Android: Netrunner's Chronos Protocol Tour. Today, we bring you the next five stops on the Tour!

Atlantis–Hamburg, Germany

Atlantis in Hamburg played host to the Chronos Protocol Tour during the second week of April. The event drew a group of dedicated, local players determined to swing the vote in favor of their preferred identity.

Chaos Theory

Haas-Bioroid:
Engineering the Future

Event (22):
1 Account Siphon
3 Diesel
3 Dirty Laundry
3 Infiltration
1 Levy AR Lab Access
3 Lucky Find
3 Quality Time
3 Sure Gamble
2 The Maker's Eye

Hardware (5):
2 Plascrete Carapace
3 Prepaid VoicePAD

Resource (6):
3 Kati Jones
3 Same Old Thing

Icebreaker (3):
1 Corroder
1 Garrote
1 Gordian Blade

Program (4):
1 Chakana
3 Self-modifying Code

 

 

Agenda (9):
3 Accelerated Beta Test
3 NAPD Contract
3 Priority Requisition

Asset (9):
3 Adonis Campaign
1 Aggressive Secretary
2 Eve Campaign
3 Jackson Howard

Upgrade (3):
3 Ash 2X3ZB9CY

Operation (9):
3 Hedge Fund
3 Restructure
3 Subliminal Messaging

Barrier (5):
2 Heimdall 1.0
2 Heimdall 2.0
1 Wotan

Code Gate (8):
3 NEXT Bronze
3 Tollbooth
2 Viktor 2.0

Sentry (5):
3 Caduceus
2 Ichi 2.0

Atlantis’s players were almost equally divided between Criminal and Shaper for their Runner factions, with more than a third of the players fielding Andromeda. However, it was a Chaos Theory deck that eventually won the event, using Prepaid Voice PADs to pay for run and economy events and seize victories from unsuspecting Corps.

On the Corp side, competitors slanted heavily toward NBN and Haas-Bioroid, but every faction represented itself in the top eight, including the lone Jinteki player. The winning HB deck was a departure from the popular fast advance strategy, instead relying on taxing ICE and scoring agendas.

Patriot Games–Sheffield, United Kingdom

Patriot Games hosted Chronos Protocol event during the second week. This was the largest event of the Chronos Protocol Tour, drawing a spirited and competitive crowd.

Gabriel Santiago

Jinteki:
Replicating Perfection

Event (20):
3 Account Siphon
2 Deja Vu
3 Dirty Laundry
3 Emergency Shutdown
3 Inside Job
3 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (6):
3 Desperado
1 HQ Interface
2 Plascrete Carapace

Resource (5):
3 Armitage Codebusting
2 Same Old Thing

Icebreaker (7):
1 Corroder
3 Faerie
1 Femme Fatale
1 Mimic
1 Yog.0

Program (7):
3 Datasucker
2 Parasite
2 Sneakdoor Beta

 

 

Agenda (10):
3 Braintrust
3 Fetal AI
3 NAPD Contract
1 Nisei MK II

Asset (9):
3 Jackson Howard
3 Melange Mining Corp.
3 PAD Campaign

Upgrade (5):
2 Ash 2X3ZB9CY
3 Caprice Nisei

Operation (7):
3 Celebrity Gift
3 Hedge Fund
1 Restructure

Barrier (5):
2 Eli 1.0
3 Wall of Thorns

Code Gate (6):
2 Chum
2 Enigma
2 Viper

Sentry (7):
2 Ichi 1.0
2 Neural Katana
3 Tsurugi

The Corporation faction breakdown was fairly even, with NBN and HB in the lead and Jinteki and Weyland trailing. Surprisingly, Jinetki and Weyland took six slots in the top eight, only sharing the spotlight with two NBN decks.

For the Runners, nearly half the field was Criminal, with three Gabriel Santiago and two Andromeda decks seizing the top five, leaving Reina Roja, Kate, and Noise to take the last three spots in the top eight.

The champion, Nathan Holmes, brought Replicating Perfection and Gabriel Santiago, using a punishing suite of ICE on the Corp side and Datasucker and run events on the Runner side to bring him to victory.

Gamerz Nexus–Essex, United Kingdom

Another UK event took place a few hours south at Gamerz Nexus in Essex, where the players were determined to win at all costs.

Andromeda

NBN: The World is Yours*

Event (19):
3 Account Siphon
3 Dirty Laundry
2 Emergency Shutdown
3 Inside Job
2 Lawyer Up
3 Special Order
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (8):
3 Desperado
2 Plascrete Carapace
3 R&D Interface

Resource (7):
3 Daily Casts
2 Kati Jones
2 Same Old Thing

Icebreaker (8):
2 Corroder
1 Crypsis
2 Faerie
1 Femme Fatale
1 Mimic
1 Yog.0

Program (3):
3 Datasucker

 

 

Agenda (10):
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
2 Breaking News
2 NAPD Contract
3 Project Beale

Asset (2):
2 Jackson Howard

Upgrade (3):
3 SanSan City Grid

Operation (16):
3 Anonymous Tip
2 Biotic Labor
2 Green Level Clearance
3 Hedge Fund
3 Shipment from SanSan
3 Sweeps Week

Barrier (4):
1 Wall of Static
3 Wraparound

Code Gate (5):
3 Pop-up Window
2 Tollbooth

Mythic (2):
2 Chimera

Sentry (2):
2 Rototurret

While every faction made a solid showing at registration, the ever-popular Andromeda: Dispossessed Ristie led the way for the Runners in Essex, seizing six spots out of the top eight, including first place.

The Weyland Consortium was by far the most popular Corp faction, controlling exactly half of the field, followed by NBN in popularity. Similarly, Weyland scored and scorched its way to five of the top eight decklists. However, an NBN fast advance deck was the one to actually seize first place.

Playoteket–Malmö, Sweden

Farther north in Europe, a Chronos Protocol event was run at Playoteket in Maimö, Sweden, where devious Runners and powerful Corps struggled for power.

Kate "Mac" McCaffrey

NBN: The World is Yours*

Event (10):
2 Dirty Laundry
2 Escher
2 Indexing
1 Stimhack
3 Sure Gamble

Hardware (10):
3 Clone Chip
2 Desperado
2 Plascrete Carapace
3 R&D Interface

Resource (9):
3 Daily Casts
3 Kati Jones
3 Professional Contacts

Icebreaker (6):
3 Atman
1 Deus X
1 Femme Fatale
1 Inti

Program (8):
3 Datasucker
2 Parasite
3 Self-modifying Code

Note: Two cards were
not submitted

Agenda (11):
3 AstroScript Pilot Program
3 Breaking News
1 Market Research
1 Profiteering
3 Project Beale

Asset (3):
3 Jackson Howard

Upgrade (3):
3 SanSan City Grid

Operation (10):
2 Biotic Labor
3 Hedge Fund
2 Shipment from SanSan
3 Sweeps Week

Barrier (6):
2 Eli 1.0
1 Wall of Static
3 Wraparound

Code Gate (3):
3 Enigma

Mythic (2):
2 Chimera

Sentry (2):
2 Rototurret

Bucking the trend of Criminal popularity, the competitors at Playoteket heavily favored Shaper; Kate “Mac” McCaffrey won the tournament and Shaper decks as a whole took three slots in the top eight. Criminal fans were not deterred, taking three spots of their own.

The corporate field was a near perfect split and every faction was represented in the top eight. However, an NBN: The World is Yours* deck scored its way to victory, again demonstrating the power of NBN’s fast advance strategy.

King of Cards–Auckland, New Zealand

On the other side of the world, players were playing tense matches at King of Cards in Auckland, New Zealand. The players in New Zealand were witness to a number of exciting games, including one in which a runner won by trashing the Corp’s entire R&D and a separate game where the Corp ended up with just one card left in R&D.

Chaos Theory

Weyland Consortium:
Building a Better World

Event (24):
2 Account Siphon
3 Diesel
3 Indexing
1 Levy AR Lab Access
3 Modded
2 Quality Time
3 Scavange
1 Stimhack
3 Sure Gamble
3 Test Run

Hardware (7):
2 Dinosaurus
2 Plascrete Carapace
1 R&D Interface
2 The Personal Touch

Resource (2):
2 Same Old Thing

Icebreaker (4):
2 Femme Fatale
1 Morning Star
1 Torch

Program (3):
3 Magnum Opus

 

 

 

Agenda (12):
2 False Lead
3 Geothermal Fracking
1 Government Contracts
3 Hostile Takeover
3 Project Atlas

Asset (5):
2 Aggressive Secretary
3 Snare!

Operation (16):
3 Beanstalk Royalties
3 Green Level Clearance
3 Hedge Fund
2 Power Grid Overload
1 Restructure
3 Scorched Earth
1 SEA Source

Barrier (6):
3 Ice Wall
3 Wall of Static

Code Gate (3):
3 Enigma

Mythic (2):
Chimera

Sentry (6):
3 Archer
3 Grim

Shapers were quite popular on the runner side, with four identities in the top eight, including one Professor deck. William, the tournament champion, fielded a solid Chaos Theory deck, taking advantage of the Shapers’ ability to hit R&D hard and often.

For the corporations, NBN, Haas-Bioroid, and Jinteki were all substantially more popular than Weyland, which only saw two players. However, William piloted his Building a Better World deck to an undefeated record. He reports that the star card of his deck was an out-of-faction Aggressive Secretary, which allowed him to surprise several runners and destroy their rigs.

We’d like to thank King of Cards and all of the other stores that hosted the second week’s events. They were a huge success, and we look forward to hearing more from these great Android: Netrunner communities in the future.

Who Has the Lead?

While many players competed in the Chronos Protocol for glory, there is a greater prize yet to be awarded: the Chronos Protocol identity. During the second week, players continued to favor Jinteki’s brand of targeted mind-mapping, but there was a loud contingent of players who supported Haas-Bioroid’s more permanent solutions. It’s still anyone’s game, so stayed tuned for our next report from the Chronos Protocol Tour!

Based on the classic card game designed by Richard Garfield, Android: Netrunner The Card Game is a game for two players set in the dystopian future of Android. It pits monolothic megacorps against subversive netrunners in a high-stakes struggle for the control of valuable data.

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