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Media Blitz



Media Blitz

Media Blitz


Type: Operation: Current
Cost: 2
Faction: Corp NBN
Faction Cost: 3
This card is not trashed until another current is played or an agenda is stolen.
Choose an agenda in the Runner's score area. Media Blitz gains the text of that agenda.

Set: Data and Destiny Number: 21 Quantity: 1
Illustrator: Dmitry Prosvirnin
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13 Comments

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KillerShrike
Aug 12 2015 08:39 AM

Pairs ok with the Fragment agendas, and other agendas with a flat ability.

 

But unless I'm missing something I don't think it works with "when scored" abilities such as Astroscript Pilot Program, as you don't "score" the current and thus don't trigger the effect. I could be wrong, but I'll be paying attention for any clarifications around this card and what it does and does not interact with.

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AdorablePython
Aug 12 2015 11:17 AM

Yes. To make this work, you need agendas with a permanent effect. Like the fragments, Mandatory Upgrades or Restructured Datapool.

    • Meadbeard and KillerShrike like this

Mandatory Upgrades! Why didn't I think of that. Good catch, and it makes the extra clicks persistent in the deck. You might even feed one to the Runner from Archives and gain the click to use for fast advance. Just add some Fast Tracks, a lot of 2/3 agendas and you are good to go.

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KillerShrike
Aug 12 2015 05:14 PM

At 3 inf a pop I don't really see this in HB for use with Mandatory Upgrades. Although there is that HB identity that noone plays with extra influence and a ban on Jinteki. But yeah, free clicks without having to score a 6/2 seems good. Maybe that could be a thing.

A few months later this card seems even more powerful. Besides the Mandatory Upgrades play which is now utilized by the HB:Cybernetics Division you can also try to pull roughly the same trick in Jinteki: Harmony Medtech with Medical Breakthrough. The concept is simple - hyper aggresive deck that aims at scoring the Breakthrough as early as possible, prefereably through Mushin-No-Shin on a naked server. If the Runner steals it, it gets even better - you just Media Blitz it to essentialy double it's effect. Throw some Fast Tracks in the mix of that 40 min size deck and the rush potential is real. The clock is ticking and the moment you find the second Medical, you can FA it, not to mention the third, which puts you on game point just too quickly. By now the Runner must have realised that time is short and burn resources for accessing like mad. Finish with SanSan Grid installed and FA a Braintrust.

 

In regard to the Mandatory Blitz deck in another forum I found an even more disturbing prospect - nothing prevents Media Blitz from functioning with the Executives. Just add some Director Haas to that deck and play them whenever you feel up to it. If she gets trashed - that is -5 credits for the Runner, Blitz her and get your click anyway (net difference is 0 credits, you get your click). It also allows you to quickly reach 5 click turn with just a single agenda. Melange the hell out of the game!

 

But the most troublesome thing here is that once added to the Runner's score area (and Blitzed) you can play another copy of that unique card because by the game rules it is no longer installed or active, essentialy doubling the effect. Double Hiro? Why not. Double Haas? That is just mean. Double Victoria? Close the Runner's accounts and watch them foam. Even the Board might get played, because trashing 2 consecutive costs the whooping 14 credits, and with two active it is -2 per agenda in the Runner's score area - Argus security may go for their variant of a Thousand Cuts deck.

 

Feeding an agenda to the Runner has never been that satisfying.

    • Meadbeard likes this

Yup -- two words: Medical Breakthrough.

 

I like the double Hiro idea too. That might actually work.

I like the double Hiro idea too. That might actually work.

 

Unless something changed, Lucas has ruled that the text of the executives are blank when they are agendas. They are simply "2 point" agendas. So you can't use Media Blitz to double them. 

 

Can't find an actual ruling, but see here.

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It is a little vague explanation, but one I will agree with, as those combinations would be really strong.

 

Just to comment on the provided examples of Oversight AI and BER - those cards are converted to condition counters while they are active in order to work, yet an Executive is converted to an agenda in order to give the agenda points (and enter the scored area as well). If it becomes "non-agenda", wouldn't it stop providing those points? Also I don't see a difference between the "active" text on an asset (which requires a preset conditions to be active, i.e. rezzing) and one on an agenda (which also requires a condition, in this case, scoring). Otherwise, a printed text/ability is no different from another. Thus when Media Blitz enables the text on the agenda, the only possible explanation for a card that bears the type "agenda" not to provide the whole of it's text is because the card is no longer an agenda. Then Data Dealer won't work...

 

In order to settle things we need a paragraph in the FAQ regarding "type conversion": the process when a certain card type changes or gains properties of another card type. The converted card will not gain all of the target properties but only those explicitly stated in the cards' text. This addition to the rules will mean that when an asset is converted to an agenda, it only gains the "agenda" type and the points, reffered to in the text, and no other properties of the target type, nor is any other property on the card converted to be an "agenda text/advancement cost/etc."

 

Please excuse me if there is already rule in the FAQ regarding this matter.

    • Meadbeard likes this

Good discussion: agreed this needs a ruling in the FAQ.

 

There's nothing transparent about Executives losing their text when in the Runner's score area (it's not active, obviously, but neither is most Agenda text).

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AdorablePython
Jan 15 2016 01:47 AM

I wonder what happens when the runner forfeits the targeted Agenda afterwards to Data Dealer or Frame Job. Is Media Blitz' text also gone?

I wonder what happens when the runner forfeits the targeted Agenda afterwards to Data Dealer or Frame Job. Is Media Blitz' text also gone?

 

It seems that the text on Media Blitz implies that it "gains" the text of the agenda when the Corp player selects the card and keeps it indefinitely and independently from the source. So even if the agenda is forfeited, there is no "live link" between them and Media Blitz keeps the gained text. Not completely sure though, will be good to hear from someone else on this topic.

 

Also, there are easier ways of removing Media Blitz from play, so this is just an edge case.

This has worked great with my Mandatory Upgrades! Just love it! I managed to score one for myself and my opponent stole one, so I went to five clicks and started to really fast advance my 2/3's out of hand. Mostly it gets me 90% of times four clicks, which is quite nice.

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AdorablePython
Apr 12 2016 05:04 PM

This has worked great with my Mandatory Upgrades! Just love it! I managed to score one for myself and my opponent stole one, so I went to five clicks and started to really fast advance my 2/3's out of hand. Mostly it gets me 90% of times four clicks, which is quite nice.

 

I've tested it and can confirm this. Especially in a Custom Biotics deck where influence isn't an issue.


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