versus

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.

Season One of Versus is starting in December 2020, with custom-made teams of three facing off in a spectacular series of faction vs faction matches!

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 Format

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:

  • Salvaged Memories are legal throughout the whole series. System Gateway cards will not be legal during the series.

  • The card pool is based on the Throwback format (as created by Whiteblade - thank you!). Please scroll below for more details.

  • Players on the same team are not allowed to use the same Corp or Runner IDs. Each ID within the team has to be unique and can be used only once.

  • Players are not allowed to participate in an event more than once per each series of 16 events (= a complete Season). Participants will be put on a "waiting list" for the next season and not included for the selection of participants in the same season. Thank you for understanding and helping keep the meta diverse and open to more players!

There are seven major factions (4 Corp and 3 Runner) plus one minor Runner grouping of "mini-factions" (Apex, Adam, and Sunny Lebeau).

This allows for 16 match-ups between all factions:

  • 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

Each event in the series will have its own ABR page, as listed here:

Versus FAQ

  • Q: Do I need to have my decks ready when I sign up?

  • A: No! When you sign up for an event, you may or may not be able to participate. The final list of participants is put together by the TO. You will be asked to submit your deck lists only when you are confirmed as a participant and with a window open 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 is named in the event title. Everyone is still allowed to import cards from other factions, using influence points and the Standard + Throwback card pool, as usual.


  • Q: Since I 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).

Throwback FAQ

  • A player can put one legal playset of "Throwback cards" into your Corp and Runner deck each. They can also choose to pick "Throwback ID" instead of playset of cards for either side.

  • The banned cards are:

    • Standard Ban List 20.09

    • Data Leak Reversal

    • Blackmail

    • Estelle Moon


  • Q: What sets outside of Standard can I use to choose my "Throwback cards" or "Throwback IDs"?

  • A: Original Core Set, Genesis Cycle, Spin Cycle, Lunar Cycle, Creation and Control, Terminal Directive


  • Q: Can I play two copies of a Throwback card, and then a single copy of another Throwback card in a single deck? Ie: Can I play two copies of Desperado and a single copy of Medium?

  • A: No, you are limited to a legal playset of a single card.


  • Q: Can I play Temüjin Contract? Or Sensie Actor’s Union?

  • A: No, both are currently banned under Standard Ban List 20.09, and your decklists must respect the current ban list.


  • Q: If I choose to play as a Throwback ID, can I also play a playset of a Throwback card? For example, can I choose to play as Ayla, and also play up to three copies of Magnum Opus?

  • A: No, you are limited to either playing as a Throwback ID, or a playset of a single card. In your example, you can either play as Ayla OR up to three copies of Magnum Opus.


  • Q: Can I play a current as my Throwback card? For example, Paywall Implementation?

  • A: No, all cards with the Current subtype are banned under the 20.09 Standard Ban List.


  • Q: Can I choose an identity as my Throwback card, and start the game as a Standard legal identity, for the express purpose of Rebirth and/or using DJ Fenris with my Throwback card?

  • A: Yes, but it is the only valid rotated identity for you to Rebirth/DJ Fenris into.


Event Structure & Requirements

Each Versus series event consists of 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:

Round 1

  • Team A-1 vs Team B-1

  • Team A-2 vs Team B-2

  • Team A-3 vs Team B-3

Round 2

  • Team A-1 vs Team B-3

  • Team A-2 vs Team B-1

  • Team A-3 vs Team B-2

Round 3

  • Team A-1 vs Team B-2

  • Team A-2 vs Team B-3

  • Team A-3 vs Team 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 are not public. Players are encouraged to share their decks and strategies afterwards, especially across different teams representing the same faction during the whole series.

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.

Prize Support

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.

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