Media Blitz

Media Blitz 2[credit]

Operation: Current
Influence: 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.

Illustrated by Dmitry Prosvirnin
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Data and Destiny (dad)

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As of Data & Destiny, here is a list of all agendas that Media Blitz can take advantage of:

Of these, HB seems to have the most to be excited about with Mandatory Upgrades. With a Media Blitz, losing one of these can actually make a fast-advance strategy easier by providing you a tempo boost after a moment of weakness. The Fragments also work well with Media Blitz as the one-per-deck restriction can now be worked around even if you lose this agenda early. Restructured Datapool could also provide an interesting way for tagstorm decks to consistently tax the runner, though not being able to combo the datapool with Surveillance Sweep is a significant drawback of this combo.

(Data and Destiny era)
This list is very useful, thanks!There is no combo with Surveillance Sweep, since the sweep only affects traces during a run. —
It couldn't combo with #Surveillance Sweep anyway, because that's a current too. —
this functions with the big executives too right? haas, the board, victoria and what's his name from jinteki count as agendas when stolen —
Medical Breakthrough is one of the most impactful agendas for Media Blitz, for you will need only 1 copy in Runner's score area. Your second MB is 2\2 agenda and your third MB is 1\2 agenda! —
Does anyone know what the interaction between Media Blitz and The Board is? —
Philotic Entanglement? Oh you scored Philotic Entanglement and like 3 other 1 point agendas? Well, looks like I will Media Blitz that and you are now dead. —
Now reading the reddit thread on this, maybe Philotic doesn't work with Media Blitz. —
What about Private Security Force? —
I also wonder if you could forfeit Media Blitz as a False Lead.. —
@Zybot That doesn't work; you don't score Media Blitz. —
@Caïssa The FAQ specifically cites Private Security Force as an example of when Media Blitz does not gain benefit ("If the Runner is tagged, *Private Security Force* gains 1 click: do one meat damage..."). Since Media Blitz is /not/ Private Security Force, it does not gain that ability. —

I felt like this card needed a fresh review. So I did it.

Lore-wise, this card is pretty simplistic. The runner stole our secret project, so we fake it 'til we make it and lead the public to believe everything is on its way to be released. And it works, somehow, because masses tend to be pretty gullible, be it real world or far future corpofascist dystopia.

A list of Agenda cards Media Blitz will work with, post-Genesis and post-Spin rotation:

So, what would be worth blitzin' these days?

Sadly, what we've seen above is not much in terms of really interesting effects. Advanced Concept Hopper and Puppet Master come to mind as pretty interesting counters to active runners, while Net Quarantine seems pretty sweet too in a deck that utilizes traces and wishes to punish the runner trying to meet their requirements. About as much can be said about Improved Tracers, though this feels just a bit weaker.

Fragments do what Fragments did before, which might be useful - with Utopia Fragment you essentially get a more powerful Predictive Algorithm, while Hades Fragment gives you a kind of free Museum of History. Eden Fragment you mostly shouldn't consider. Unless you really like your glaciers, which you probably do.

Self-Destruct Chips can give you that one brain damage you were short of for a successful kill, while Dedicated Neural Net, Encrypted Portals and Superior Cyberwalls boost your defenses.

Gila Hands Arcology advertised with Media Blitz increases a little your efficiency in clicking for money, while Government Takeover allows you to make hecktons of cred - and you're going to need it as the opponent would like just one more point to win.

Medical Breakthrough deserves a separate note - if you feel like doing some fast-advancing in Jinteki, that is.

Media Blitz does not interact with Executive-type assets that were trashed and taken as agendas by a Runner - according to Lucas' own twitter, Director Haas won't give you a bonus click per turn and Chairman Hiro won't shrink your opponent's grip size as while in the score area they are both considered blank. Which is a tremendous shame, as that would make for an awesome combo.

Which leads me to think that this game really needs some more interesting agendas that don't contain a self-referencing rules text. Fingers crossed for Red Sand!

EDIT 2018-03-09:

So much for crossing fingers. Only five agendas total from Red Sand, Kitara and Reign and Reverie are actually blitzable to a meaningful effect. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Water Monopoly - eh, why not run Scarcity of Resources instead?

Escalate Vitriol - if you find yourself faced against a Runner who floats a lot of tags (or possibly the one you just landed a crapton of tags on!), you might make a quick, clean buck out of a sudden, possibly even more than once. Sounds potent, although takes some setup to work - if it does, the payout might easily top Government Takeover. So, if your deck is already running these, including Media Blitz might help you in a tight spot. Otherwise you probably shouldn't bother.

AR-Enhanced Security - Oh YEAH! Take THAT, you dirty Anarch! Having this one stolen is never a huge blow to your situation (one-pointers, ho!) and blitzing it is sure to hinder the Runner in a significiant way. Bonus points for doing this inside NBN: Controlling the Message for more taggy goodness (is there such a thing?).

Better Citizen Program is more of a risky approach - two points less until endgame. Icebreakers aren't exactly played that often (exceptions being this dude and anybody using these bois), but there exists a niche of Runners who love their run events. Reliable in a deck that doesn't have that much stuff to trash, otherwise the one above might be the one you're looking for.

I love the above two, mainly because of flavor (apparently there is no actual brainwashing or surveillance involved, but all the media coverage does feed the paranoia, doesn't it?). None of them really matter, however. Why?

Remember Mandatory Upgrades? It rotated out, promptly shutting down the five minutes o'fame the Robocop archetype had. Good thing too, this thing was gloriously imbalanced. Well, R&R's got your back.

Enter Jumon. It's not an additional click a turn, but, in its own right, turns out to be a very potent tool of mind games and fast advancement. If you try this in Tennin Institute: The Secrets Within, there's a good chance of sticking not two, but three advancements on a facedown card in a server per turn. The facedown card doesn't even have to be advanceable, so you could, for all we know, make the most threateningly-looking Melange Mining Corp. to ever grace a gaming table.

Saraswati Mnemonics: Endless Exploration from the same pack might do a similar trick, giving you click compression for a price of little versatility. Somehow Tennin speaks out to me a little bit more, but if you value your fast-advance more than you do your glaciers, feel free to do so.

I'm actually kind of surprised this isn't a thing yet.

(Quorum era)

Banned card. I shudder to think what could be done here. Good thing currents are banned.

But the art on this card is downright gorgeous! The name goes well with the effect. A quote would have made this card perfect, but it was maybe not popular to do that in 2015. Still, it would make an amazing playmat.

(Parhelion era)