Bio-Modeled Network

Bio-Modeled Network 1[credit]

Resource: Virtual
Influence: 2

[trash]: Prevent all but 1 net damage.

"You created a distributed AI replica of yourself and projected it into the network to run for you!?"
Illustrated by Jarreau Wimberly
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  • Updated 2017-04-11

    UFAQ [Michael Boggs]

    Can the Runner prevent all of the first instance of net damage in a turn using both Net Shield and Bio-Modeled Network?

    Yes. The Runner can trash Bio-Modeled Network, preventing all but the first damage, then pay 1 using Net Shield to prevent that damage.


Why does this card feel bad? Why does this card feel like it was printed in the wrong era of Netrunner?

Well, those questions are answered with the phrase 'Death from a thousand cuts.'

Disregarding the meta for a moment, let's look at this card objectively. There are 53 'do 'x' net damage corp cards currently in print or spoiled from future packs in Red Sand. Now let's trim the fat by realising that this card is useless against any instance of net damage that does not exceed 1. We are now looking at a pool of 24 cards (quite a few of which calculate their net damage based on variables like hand size, tags, advancement tokens, etc.)

We might be forgiven for thinking that relatively cheap card that can be slapped down for protection against 24 cards seems like a good sell.

But then we get to the point about the meta.

I don't understand why this card was printed, when the closest thing the meta has seen to viable and 'good' net damage-based decks are Potential Unleashed, and Personal Evolution. Both of these decks thrive on the ability to deal dozens of instances of 1 net damage. The meta is also relevant in this discussion due to the playability of that pool of 24 cards. A good handful see use, a good handful are binder fodder. But this card is dead weight in your deck unless you're expecting to see them. It's pure and simple, a meta call.

If you're particularly scared of seeing Project Junebug Psychic Field, Cortex Lock, and Thoth (if you're tag-me) then consider this card. It very well might just carve a niche for itself if corps feel like nuking you in the difficult to engineer scenario where they can reliably deal 3+ net damage to you. In the meantime, Net Shield is probably going to be the better option.

(Daedalus Complex era)
It should be noted this works WITH net shield, so if you are getting most of the way but dying to Philotic Entanglement on the regular, this is the right meta call for you. You can prevent all but the first net damage using this card and then net shield the rest away. —
It's most likely emergency tech, i.e. a card they printed that will hard check specific strategies if they get too out of control. That'd be why it's only two influence, too. —
This makes it much harder to lose to IG49 (Dedicated Ronin). And I guess Snare. Could this foreshadow some spicy net damage cards this cycle? I'd love to have something replace Ronin (and Shock, to a lesser extent). —
I'm hoping this card is a sign of things to come. It's good tech against Obakata Protocol and possibly indicates a heavier emphasis on mass net damage going forward. Given that a lot of damage cards will soon be cycling out it stands to reason that we might see some nice replacements to fill the void. —
This card is 100% a replacement for Deus Ex after rotation cycles it out. Case closed. —

I have to disagree with the other review. There is only one thing that matters in this game and that is winning. That is followed closely by not loosing.

This card must read: Trash to not loose the game right here right now to net damage.

So that's the next best thing to winning. All the other cards in your deck don t matter squad if you hit a June bug with 3 advancements on it and less than 6 cards in your hand (please spare me with only noobs hit traps - apparently you don t have any good Jinteki players around) Is it a niche card? Absolutely but it has a very powerful effect to compensate, on top of it its cheap to install, no MU cost and in the worst case you just sell it to Asops or fuel for Faust. This card also acts as a break of sorts against a couple of specific Ice (Cortex Lock etc)

Lastly like the art.

(Daedalus Complex era)
Saying a card is "at worst furl for Faust" is akin to saying "it is a piece of cardboard you are according to the rules allowed to put in your deck". While I agree that not losing the game is a premium, there are better tools for the job (Deus X is more versatile and prevents all, Feedback Filter lasts indefinetely). —