Today FFG made the announcement we have all been waiting for. There is going to be a new core set for Netrunner.
What does this mean?
For a new player who wants to just play Netrunner as a 2-player board game instead of being tournament serious, it means you get what seems to be a better product. They have a lot less ridiculous cards in there.
For a new player that does want to be competitive, it means that the meta is going to explode. Nothing we know from old Netrunner is true anymore. You can get in and compete against people who have been playing a long time because all competitive decks should be new. We will see what the meta is by November with the world championships.
For an old player it means less. None of the cards in the box are cards which never been printed before. There are zero cards in the box I don’t already have. I can buy zero copies. However, they are upgrading the art on a lot of the cards, so I might buy 1x just to have a deck with some spicier, and better, artwork.
Lastly, the biggest deal, is that rotation is happening. The Genesis and Spin Cycle cards are rotating out. They will not be tournament legal. Also, cards that were in the orignial core set, but are not included in the new core set, will no longer be tournament legal. However, many of the staple cards that happened to be in the Gensis and Spin cycles are going to be included in the new core set. That means you don’t have to throw away ALL of your old cards, just most of them. Basically going to just go through the collection and remove all the core 1.0, gensis, and spin cards that aren’t legal anymore.
Here is the new core set list:
Here is the old one:
All the cards that do not appear on the new list are now illegal. All the cards that appear on the new list, but were not on the old list, are cards that were printed in genesis and spin cycles, so existing players already have 3x copies.
Lastly, they announced the first pack of the new cycle.
Will this be enough to “save” Netrunner? A game that has been on the downswing for awhile needs a big upswing. The downswing is largely because we all knew this announcement was coming, but it took too long. If it had come 6 months ago, there wouldn’t have been a problem.
EDIT: They posted a FAQ about rotation