Ad Blitz

Ad Blitz X[credit]

Operation: Double
Influence: 1

As an additional cost to play this operation, spend [click].

Install and rez (paying all costs) X advertisements from Archives and/or HQ, if able.

Illustrated by Johan Törnlund
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Data and Destiny (dad)

#20 • English
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  • Updated 2017-04-09

    The Corp must both install and rez any advertisements chosen by Ad Blitz. [Official FAQ]

Reviews

This is a great card for Spark Agency: Worldswide Reach decks! Play out your advertisements as they come, and over time, they may get trashed. Then, use this card to play them all back in at the same time!

The effect on the runner is significant, as they have to spend all those clicks and credits removing them again- and perhaps they suspect you have another copy of this card waiting in the wings! For that reason, I observe that the runner does not generally have the appetite to trash everything a second time round. This then gives you a monster economy, allowing you to get your ice installed and lock them out of your servers.

(Data and Destiny era)
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Let's not forget the fact that you have to pay the rez cost for all those advertisements and the cost to play AD Blitz. So i don't expect to see many Massreinstallments. This card will probably recurse only one or two advertisements per use. —
Actually, in my experience it's about 6-7 ads. Mostly cheap ones like Launch and PAD Campaign, Product Placement, Special Offer or Pop-up Window, but from time to time an Adonis as well, especially if you play Breaker Bay first click, followed by Ad Blitz. I see this card much like Trope - you use it to be able to burn through your stuff again and keep up pressure, because you know your deck is going to need something to stay ahead in the long run. I wouldn't include this if I made a deck that aims for short games. This is a card that says "This game is far from over, buddy!". After testing it, I'd say, this is the card that makes slow Spark glaciers work. —
I agree with Krams, play this in a slow grinding deck and you can bring back quite a few cards in the later stages. The effect on the runner is devastating! —

This card can get more mileage if you use Rebranding Team in your agenda suite. But paying 1 per advertisement that you bring back makes this kind of expensive.

Of course, it would be even more expensive for the runner to trash all those assets (and ices). See this review for the list of cards (in Q2 2023) that could be brought back by Ad Blitz. Of those cards, here are the one that would actually help you get back credits pretty fast while costing more for the runner than for the corp : Tiered Subscription, Launch Campaign, Marilyn Campaign (which then get shuffled back), Special Offer. Those will ensure that you are ahead of the runner in term of credits.

But this will usually just prolong the game. It can still be a nice panic button, but if you can pay 5 to 8, you were probably not in such a panic.

But there is a twist! We now have Extract and Svyatogor Excavator in the meta. Those pairs really well with bringing back lots of small assets that you can trash. At one influence, Svyatogor Excavator can be imported in NBN to get more credits faster, or just to feed it assets like Launch Campaign and Marilyn Campaign when they are on their last credits, thus gaining a credit more than what it would have brought.

Finally, at one influence, Ad Blitz could be imported anywhere (except Jinteki, which has few advertisement). It could be used by Ob Superheavy Logistics to bring back assets that it can trash and trigger its ability. It is a janky possibility, if you are into making funky decks.

While the art portray a future city with flying cars, it fail to makes feel like the effect of the card (or its name). Only the name of the card clue us on its effect. A quote would have been easy to fit. A little more efforts would have been better.

(Parhelion era)
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