Learning Netrunner is a series of videos and blogs to help you jump straight into the action of the Android: Netrunner as soon as you get your Core Sets. If you are new to the Learning Netrunner series, we recommend that you start with the Learning Netrunner: A How To Play Guide For New Players blog.
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The Shaper faction consists of the tinkerers, builders, and artists of the Android: Netrunner universe. They are focused on creating technologically advanced rigs that impress their fellow Runners and effortlessly explore Corporation servers. They rarely run for profit and are not driven by any grand sense of morality or injustice. For the Shapers, it is just about showing the world their craft.
This Shaper deck revolves around Rielle “Kit” Peddler, commonly known as Kit. It was built using a single Revised Core Set, the Creation and Control Deluxe Expansion, and the Blood Money Data Pack. The deck includes a few cards from both Anarch and Criminal 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.
Identity: Rielle “Kit” Peddler: Transhuman
1x Paperclip (Blood Money) •••
3x Gordian Blade (Revised Core Set)
1x Femme Fatale (Revised Core Set) •
1x Atman (Creation and Control)
2x Magnum Opus (Revised Core Set)
3x Self-modifying Code (Creation and Control)
2x Dinosaurus (Revised Core Set)
1x Feedback Filter (Creation and Control)
2x Diesel (Revised Core Set)
2x Indexing (Revised Core Set)
3x Modded (Revised Core Set)
2x Test Run (Revised Core Set)
1x The Maker’s Eye (Revised Core Set)
3x Sure Gamble (Revised Core Set)
1x Stimhack (Revised Core Set) •
1x Escher (Creation and Control)
2x Scavenge (Creation and Control)
3x Dirty Laundry (Creation and Control)
2x Beth Kilrain-Chang (Blood Money)
1x Fall Guy (Revised Core Set) •
3x Daily Casts (Creation and Control)
3x Same Old Thing (Creation and Control)
2x The Source (Creation and Control) ••••
For all runners, a rig capable of breaking every type of ICE is usually a priority. For Kit, the rig takes on a different form altogether! Kit’s ability turns the first ice you encounter each round into a Code Gate for that run, so Kit’s rig revolves around finding your Code Gate breaker (Gordian Blade) and running as much as possible!
Remember that it is easy to be aggressive early and then quickly run out of money, so pay attention to your credit pool! Early in the game, you are looking to play Magnum Opus and Gordian Blade in order to power your early aggression. Self-Modifying Code is extremely helpful for finding whatever piece you need, and can even be used in the middle of a run! Often, you can use Kit’s ability paired with Gordian Blade to get early accesses and score a quick four or five points. Once this happens, the game is all but yours!
I typically mulligan and/or draw until I find Magnum Opus or a Self-Modifying Code that I use to install Magnum Opus. Once I have Opus, I generally click for credits for a turn or two while also drawing for Gordian Blade or Self-Modifying Code. Spending this much time setting up might not be the best option against fast corporations, but it leads to a wildly strong mid-game. Once Magnum Opus and Gordian Blade are installed, you can get massive amounts of money and pressure any Corp server that is not significantly stacked up.
Giving up that early tempo means you need to start seeing the right cards by the mid-game. Luckily, Shaper has several tools to help them consistently get what they want from their stack. This includes faction hallmarks like the aforementioned Self-Modifying Code and Test Run, both of which let you search for programs right from your deck. They also have Diesel, which lets you draw several cards with a single click. Paired with the massive economic advantage granted from Magnum Opus, you should have no trouble affording just about everything you draw.
This deck features a few classic and critical multi-access cards for R&D, usually the Shaper’s focus. Maker’s Eye lets you access the top three cards of R&D while Indexing lets you look at and organize the top five. An early Makers Eye or a mid-game Indexing can lead quickly to the end of the game or a game state that is nearly impossible for the corp to control. This makes Same Old Thing, a resource that lets you play an event from your discard pile, a critical card as the game continues. By the end of the game you can pick and choose from all of the events in your discard pile, giving you a number of options to showcase your genius.
The deck adds a few critical cards from both Anarch and Criminal in order to make your rig even more impressive. Femme Fatale is an expensive but powerful breaker that lets you bypass a single piece of ICE for the rest of the game. This is particularly strong when paired with a card like Test Run, which lets you install any program from your deck for a mere three credits! Likewise, Paperclip handles any barriers that the corp puts in your way, and can be thrown into the trash until it is needed.
The Source is your secret weapon against fast corporations. Drop it when the Corp thinks they are ready to score an agenda, either out of hand with a card like Biotic Labor or in a remote server after the traditional Install -> Advance -> Advance. By making every Agenda an extra advancement to score, you have more time to get the money and breakers that you need to attack whatever server the Corp assumed was safe!
Of course, one of the best aspects of Android: Netrunner is just how nuanced it ultimately is, from deck building to in-game tactics. While I cannot go over every play, combo, and strategy of this deck in this blog, you can watch me actually use it against Steven’s Haas-Bioroid deck in the gameplay video below!
If you have any questions, please comment below and we will be happy to help as best we can.
- Chapter 1
A How to Play Guide for New Netrunner Players
- Chapter 2
Playing Haas-Bioroid: Stronger Together Deck
- Chapter 3
Playing Shaper: Rielle "Kit" Peddler Deck
- Chapter 4
Playing Jinteki: Tennin Institute Deck
- Chapter 5
Playing Criminal: Gabriel "Gabe" Santiago Deck
- Chapter 6
Playing Weyland: Skorpios Defense Systems Deck
- Chapter 7
Playing Anarch: Valencia "Val" Estevez Deck
- Chapter 8
Playing NBN: New Angeles Sol Deck
- Chapter 9
Playing the Mini Factions: Adam Deck