NRDB in Review 3-27-16: Turntable Leela

Turntableela, Gang sign. Undefeated SC. 1st before top 4. on NRDB

In a time before time, when Prepaid Voicepads roamed the earth, when Corps still had ICE that mattered, when Netrunner Geeks still sucked —  A humble nerdbear emerged with one simple dream:

To publish a criminal deck using all of the new cards from the most recently released data pack together, in one unstoppable god-deck.  Because if Gang Sign, Drive-By and Muertos Gang Member weren’t supposed to be in the same deck together then why were they all in the same data pack?

Thus was born the original Turntable Leela, thrust onto the prestigious cover pages of NRDB 8 months ago.  Letsaros is back again, with all 46 of his old tricks and a few new ones. Can you count nerdbears? I say the future is ours… if you can count.

Leela Patel: Trained Pragmatist
Event (17)
3x Account Siphon
3x Dirty Laundry
1x Employee Strike   •
2x Inside Job
2x Legwork
3x Special Order
3x Sure GambleHardware (7)
3x HQ Interface
1x Plascrete Carapace
3x Turntable   ••••• •Resource (13)
2x Armitage Codebusting
3x Bank Job
1x Data Dealer
3x Gang Sign
2x Kati Jones
2x Same Old Thing
Icebreaker (8)
1x Corroder   ••
2x Faerie
1x Femme Fatale
1x Inti   •
1x Mongoose
1x Passport
1x ZU.13 Key Master   •Program (1)
1x Medium   •••
15 influence spent (max 15)
46 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Kala Ghoda

Some people think it’s easy to be a pragmatist, but it takes 2 years of studying pragmatism at community college before graduating into a pragmatist apprenticeship for a few years, networking with all of the established pragmatists and getting to know the business before paying $80 to take the exam on a Saturday for your pragmatist certification.

Our hero Letsaros, being a proper union pragmatist, anticipated a heavy presence of NBN decks in his event, teched accordingly and was rewarded by getting paired against NBN and subsequently crushing most of his games.

Having a clear read on your metagame one of the most important things you can do to ensure your success in an event, The second most important thing you can do to ensure success is pointing behind your opponents while shouting “Hey look, it’s Matt Zellinger!” and re-arranging the board while their backs are turned.

 

The Deck

When approaching this list, the rig was the first thing I wanted to look at.  When your rig is setup to break things the old fashioned way, things become very easy to analyze.  Since I actually have better things to do than plot all of the ICE in the game on a spreadsheet to determine how much money a deck needs to access servers — let’s look at the rig on sneakdoor.com where this work has already been done for us.

Breaker – Average Cost to Break:
Corroder – 3.78
Inti – 7.19

Femme – 5.02
Mongoose – 3.98
Faerie – 1.64

Passport – 3.79
Zule – 4.21

For obvious reasons we will throw out Inti and let’s set faerie aside too since it’s more of a trick than a breaker..

Barriers – 3.78
Sentries –  4.5
Code Gates – 4
Overall break average (3.78+4.5+4)/3 = ~ 4

On average, we should expect to need 4 credits per face-down ICE protecting a server to successfully run, which isn’t particularly good or perfectly accurate but in the middle of a game you need a place to start from when there are unknowns to help make decisions.

But Chill, this is a criminal deck – why should we bother doing remote server math if we are just going to steal agendas from everywhere else?  Good question, to answer that, let me put on my pretentious douchebag cap for a moment…

Contrary to what is printed in the manual, the golden rule of Netrunner is:

“Your cards don’t actually do what they say they do.”

The printed text on Neural Katana claims that it deals damage to an opponent – but after you rez it, with visions of sugar plums and subroutines dancing in your head, your opponent actually just spends a credit and steals your agenda.

With that in mind, let me twist this cap sideways so we can talk about Gang Sign. Gang Sign and HQI threaten to “Legwork” your opponent when they score; however, they actually just force your opponent to slow down and set up their hand before they do.
Jackson Howard is the natural enemy of this plan.
JHGang
To bring it all together, motivating people to keep agendas in hand by threatening the remote, and removing Jackson from the board will be the primary elements of the strategy this deck is trying to execute. 

Before You Sleeve Up

I think this criminal plan is not at all unreasonable.  Turntable is one of the metagame thugs that are holding corps down while Anarchs kick them in the ribs.  This is just feels behind the curve for the current environment.  Against yellow, when you can easily siphon for profit at will, and have a never ending stream of hate cards the deck is fine.

However, in the typical metagame it will struggle with too many wasted clicks drawing redundant cards and setting up econ.  The only sign this gang is throwing up is “Slow Children at Play”.

But if you love click drawing and watching your opponents play Netrunner without you try making these tweaks first:

-2 legwork-1 hqi-1 Dirty laundry
-1 special order
-1 turntable
-2 armitage
-1 data dealer

+2 career fair+3 earthrise
+3 daily casts

Conclusions

Given what we’ve learned about Gang Sign pressuring Jackson, I think the best use of Gang Sign is in a deck that already pressures Jackson.

Spags’s denial Leela deck really sings with a turntable.  Take out a faust and an inside job for a turntable and a special order.

 

Support your local pragmatists,

Chill84
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