Sixteen events pitting all the factions in the game against each other. Let's see if that helps us collectively decide which one of them is the best, once and for... a while.
Keep reading to learn more about Versus - a custom meta online event series for the card game Netrunner, as it is continuously developed by NISEI.
The card pool follows current NISEI Standard format guidelines (this means that rotation and the latest Standard Ban List are in effect), with the following modifications:
The series uses cards as per the Standard NISEI format (as of 1st of April 2021 - this means System Gateway and System Update 2021). It also expands the card pool through the custom Throwback format (as created by Whiteblade111 - thank you!).
There will be 16 events in the series, each one with only one Runner and only one Corp faction allowed:
Haas-Bioroid vs Anarch
Haas-Bioroid vs Criminal
Haas-Bioroid vs Mini-factions
Haas-Bioroid vs Shaper
Jinteki vs Anarch
Jinteki vs Criminal
Jinteki vs Mini-factions
Jinteki vs Shaper
NBN vs Anarch
NBN vs Criminal
NBN vs Mini-factions
NBN vs Shaper
Weyland vs Anarch
Weyland vs Criminal
Weyland vs Mini-factions
Weyland vs Shaper
At the end of 16 events, the faction with the most points won across all of its match-ups will be crowned The Best Overall Faction In Netrunner At The Moment.
Signing Up & Event List
Q: Do I need to have my decks ready when I sign up?
A: No! You will be asked to submit your deck lists only when you are confirmed as a participant, until 24 hours before the event.
Q: What factions will I be playing and facing if I participate in a Versus event?
A: You will be playing with and against only the one Runner faction and the one Corp faction that are named in the event title. Everyone is still allowed to import cards from other factions, using influence points and the Standard + Throwback card pool.
Q: Since I will know which factions I will be playing with/against in advance, can I tech both my Runner and Corp decks specifically against my match-up?
A: Absolutely yes! This is the main idea behind this format - to see how optimal "versus" decks perform against each other (with the spicy addition of some Throwback goodies, of course).
Event Structure & Requirements
Each Versus series event will consist of only two teams of three players each playing against each other.
The event lasts 3 rounds, with each player on "Team A" meeting each player on "Team B" - in a so called "Round Robin" series of games. An example structure of the event looks like this:
(Team) A - (Player) 1 vs (Team) B - (Player) 1
(Team) A - (Player) 2 vs (Team) B - (Player) 2
(Team) A - (Player) 3 vs Team B - (Player) 3
A - 1 vs B - 3
A - 2 vs B - 1
A - 3 vs B - 2
A - 1 vs B - 2
A - 2 vs B - 3
A - 3 vs B - 1
Each round is 70 minutes long and features standard matches, where each player plays both sides (Corp and Runner).
The deck lists for this event will not be public. Players will be encouraged to share their decks and strategies afterwards.
The winning team is decided by the sum of event points scored by each team. In case of a tie, the higher team Strength of Schedule wins.
Versus is a series sponsored by the community and there are no entry fees associated with it.
You can see a list of Versus' supporters on the Fans <3 page.
Each team gets immortal glory & streamed games with commentary as a bonus.
The physical prize pool depends on the amount in the tip jar.
Donations are entirely optional and not required for the event to take place.