Chapter 8 of Learning Netrunner
Playing NBN: New Angeles Sol Deck

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NBN Art - Copyright FFG

NBN

NBN is the mega news corporation of the Android universe. They deal in information – controlling the narrative, swaying public opinion, entertainment, advertising – with massive amounts of data flowing in and out of the network. Of course, they are always watching.

The faction is all about Tags. You might be able to get into NBN’s servers, but it comes at the price of your location (and sometimes more). Once NBN knows where you are, there is no end to the damage that can be done. As such, NBN ICE is always attempting to initiate traces and gather information, so Runners are often having to choose between a successful server access and the consequences of being exposed.

This NBN deck assumes the New Angeles Sol identity, which is all-in on controlling the narrative through Currents, special operations that stay in play and have a constant effect on the game. It was built using a single Revised Core Set, the Data & Destiny Deluxe Expansion, and the Escalation Data Pack. The deck includes a few cards from Jinteki using the Influence mechanic found in the rulebook. The influence cost is noted with dots next to the cards in the list below. You can buy these three products direct and build this exact deck!

If you would like to construct your own deck, we recommend watching the Core Set Deck Building Guide and Advanced Deck Building Guide on our Learning Netrunner: A How To Play Guide For New Players blog.

NBN: New Angeles Sol - Copyright Fantasy Flight Games

Identity: New Angeles Sol: Your News (Data and Destiny)

Agenda (10)
3x Project Beale (Revised Core Set)
1x Private Security Force (Revised Core Set)
1x 15 Minutes (Data and Destiny)
2x Quantum Predictive Model (Data and Destiny)
3x Global Food Initiative (Data and Destiny) •••

Asset (6)
1x Alexa Belsky (Escalation)
2x Melange Mining Corp. (Revised Core Set)
3x News Team (Data and Destiny)

Upgrade (5)
1x Red Herrings (Revised Core Set)
1x Bernice Mai (Revised Core Set)
3x Keegan Lane (Data and Destiny)

Operation (10)
1x Service Outage (Escalation)
3x Scarcity of Resources (Escalation)
3x Celebrity Gift (Revised Core Set) ••••• ••••
3x Hedge Fund (Revised Core Set)

Barrier (5)
2x Wraparound (Revised Core Set)
3x Resistor (Data and Destiny)

Code Gate (6)
1x DNA Tracker (Escalation) •••
3x Pop-up Window (Revised Core Set)
2x Tollbooth (Revised Core Set)

Sentry (6)
2x Data Raven (Revised Core Set)
3x News Hound (Data and Destiny)
1x Assassin (Data and Destiny)

ICE (1)
1x Special Offer (Data and Destiny)

This deck is ultimately looking to win the economic war through heavily taxing ICE, Tagging, and deprivation through Scarcity of Resources and Service Outage. Remember that the latter are Currents, and so can be played via the ability on New Angeles Sol. You should always have one of those cards active – ideally Scarcity of Resources in the early game, and Service Outage in the late game once the Runner is setup. Keeping the monetary pressure on the Runner through these Currents is critical to your success.

By achieving this, News Hound becomes one of the best pieces of ICE in all of Netrunner. For a cost of 2 to rez, you get two subroutines at 4 strength, including an End the Run. It is insane. One could argue that the strength of New Angeles Sol is in its impact on News Hound. Alongside this killer piece of ICE, there are a couple of classic barriers in Wraparound and Resistor, economic powerhouses Pop-up Window and Tollbooth, and of course Data Raven – a piece of ICE that has been causing nightmares for years. Pop a Quantum Predictive Model behind a Data Raven and watch the Runner score points for you.

DNA Tracker and Assassin give big payouts when the Runner has to take on disproportionately high risk, and either one hitting can be absolutely brutal. Celebrity Gift and Hedge Fund give the cash necessary to rez them, especially when combined with a Pop-up Window or two on your central servers. At every turn, you should be depriving the Runner’s credits and maximizing your own. Once you start winning the economic war, the real fun begins.

Red Herrings is a classic NBN card that simply says “NO” to a poor Runner. It is ideal for scoring out a quick Project Beale, or for protecting a Private Security Force. Bernice Mai pushes the tag punishment and economy theme, with the Runner either A) paying at least 5 credit to avoid the tag, B) taking the tag and paying 3 credits to trash Bernice, or C) taking the tag AND not having 3 credits to trash Bernice. She loves to be on a taxing HQ or R&D – especially if the former has Alexa Belsky ready to bail out an agenda-flooded hand after all of the trouble.

News Team - Copyright Fantasy Flight Games
 

Now to the fun part – the tags! While your ICE does a good deal of the heavy lifting, it is often more about making the Runner poor in order to avoid the tags than landing them directly. But News Team…this card just does it all. Whenever it is accessed – from a remote server, HQ, R&D, or even Archives, the Runner must either opt for a harder time winning the game or two immediate tags. Think of the latter as “-2 actions and -4 credits” to get a good understanding of how significant this is. That News Team continues protecting Archives once it is trashed (see you later, Aumakua) is even more remarkable. Then, assuming those Tags start to stick and the Runner throws his or her hands up, Keegan Lane rolls in and does serious work. There is no safer remote than one that has Keegan ready to immediately trash whatever icebreaker the Runner needed to get past your defenses. No successful access AND subroutines smacking a Runner right in the face – what could be better?

I took New Angeles Sol out for a spin against Adam, doing my best to work the economic strategy given here. Adam can be tough due to his raw aggression and early HQ accesses, so this one was a heater. Watch Scarcity of Resources do work!

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