Forms a neat combo (as most things do) with Anoetic Void. If you put a single click into Cold Site Server, the runner will have to spend the click to run the front end multiple times to get in, frequently capping them at just two runs to enter. If you click Cold Site twice, a runner who gets bounced by Anoetic once literally can't get back in, unless they are somehow getting extra clicks. Admittedly, this does use a lot of corp clicks to function, but with something like MirrorMorph: Endless Iteration, as mentioned in Cpt_nice's review, you can make a pretty darn chunky server! Usually, though, Anoetic Void + Manegarm Skunkworks is tough enough to break as-is. and doesn't require such consistent upkeep.

One neat trick with Ravana is in combination with Haas-Bioroid: Architects of Tomorrow: often, you can opt to (or are forced to) make the subroutines on Ravana non-ETRs, which forces the opponent to pass it if they encounter it on a rez in front of a server. If, for example, your only rezzed bioroid is Ansel 1.0, your opponent must break/click through the Ravana to avoid copying Ansel 1.0's bad subs, and then they still pass it, giving an opportunity to trigger Architects. Early game, rezzing a Ravana and using the Architects trigger to immediately rez an Eli/Bran/Ansel elsewhere can provide pseudo-burst economy. That 4 is the same as a Hedge Fund! Admittedly, it a) has to go towards ICE, b) depends on letting the runner through at least one ICE, and c) prevents any benefit of them face-checking that other ICE -- but those are workable. Most bioroids in startup outside of Tyr aren't especially punishing if the runner has a click or two to spare for bad subs.

Any Haas-Bioroid: Architects of Tomorrow deck in startup is probably running all the bioroids available anyway, but among those, Ravana is the backbone of the deck. Plus, if you aren't clicking through, it's expensive as heck to break. At best, Buzzsaw breaks for a credit and two Leech counters. A Ravana on an otherwise-empty central server shuts down any Leech farming unless the runner has a playset of the things on the field. Great Archives protection, especially, against a Criminal looking for easy targets.

Some IDs in Netrunner are very general-purpose: you can build pretty much any sort of HB deck you like out of Haas-Bioroid: Engineering the Future, for example (which is why it was eventually rotated out – there was rarely a reason to run anything else). Some are much more specific. SYNC: Everything, Everywhere is an ID at the "more specific" end of the scale; the only general-purpose benefit you get from it is the 40-card deck size, so if you're planning to use this as your ID, you're going to want to do something with the increased cost to shake tags.

There are basically two ways in which increasing the cost to shake a tag benefits you as the Corp:

  1. It gives you more value from "value tagging"; unless the runner is running Networking, Misdirection or the like, every tag you land is going to give you a 1 swing, and that really adds up over the course of a long game.
  2. If you can land a lot of tags on the Runner all at once, the increased cost to shake them increases the chance that they will have to leave some going into your turn.

These are both reasonable bases to build a deck around! However, one thing you have to bear in mind is another, very similar, ID: NBN: Reality Plus. "R+", as it's affectionately known, also gets a benefit from the first tag it lands each turn – and it gets a swing of 2 (or 2 cards, if you prefer), which is usually going to be worth more than taxing the Runner 1. R+ also gets the coveted 40/15 deckbuilding statistics, just like SYNC does.

So in order to find a niche for SYNC, doing something that R+ can't do better, you'll need to be going heavily onto one of two plans: landing a huge number of tags simultaneously, or exhausting the runner of credits, Spark-style (so that −1 runner credit is worth more than +2 Corp credits). These are both things that SYNC does better than R+, although you're giving up a lot to get them. Most notably, SYNC doesn't give you any economy directly, so you can often end up starved for credits; unlike R+'s economic drip, SYNC needs to get all its credits the hard way. This means that a lot of thought needs to be put into trying to make your deck's economy work.

There are thus some cards that you're going to see almost-universally in SYNC decks. The most obvious is Hard-Hitting News; it lands four tags all at once, and is better when the Runner is low on credits, so if you have a deck that doesn't want HHN, it won't want SYNC either. HHN is particularly good in SYNC, because the Runner will need 12 to clear all the tags without tech cards, as opposed to the usual 8. SYNC is thus very good at punishing early aggression (even better than NBN: Controlling the Message is), and can typically score an agenda or two early.

Because of this, another very good card for SYNC is AR-Enhanced Security. ARES is one of the best agendas in the game, generally improving the decks it goes into even if it has absolutely no synergy with them. SYNC decks have quite a lot of synergy with ARES, though. For one thing, the ARES tags cost more to shake, causing a direct synergy between the two cards, but there are a couple of more subtle advantages: SYNC can often score early through the threat of Hard-Hitting News, meaning that you can often get your ARES score in while it really matters; and unlike R+, if you score multiple ARES, your ID is giving you benefit from all of them (unlike R+, which triggers only once per turn). Most importantly, though, ARES can patch up SYNC's economic problems by enabling you to run an asset economy; asset economies work best when the assets are hard to trash, and the combination of ARES's tags and SYNC's economic denial creates an excellent environment for economic assets to thrive (e.g. the classic PAD Campaign, whilst not a universal inclusion, is an entirely reasonable card to run in SYNC).

There's also the matter of deck style to think about. Generally speaking, both R+ and SYNC want to run a lot of cheap taxing ICE and a lot of random tagging: cards like Ping, IP Block, Turnpike, and the like. SYNC would prefer to land all its tags at the same time, though (if you're not doing that, R+ is normally better). This pushes SYNC decks towards the glacier end of the scale: they like building big servers in order to get lots of tags off at the same time. So you'll often see big-server cards like Surveyor in SYNC decks, even though they'd be rare in R+. "Heavily ICEd R&D, heavily ICEd scoring server, and lots of unICEd remotes as well" is a very unusual build shape, but it's almost the default when it comes to playing SYNC. Daily Business Show (or even Sensie Actors Union if you somehow found a format where it isn't banned) is thus a fairly important card for SYNC: it helps prevent the deck running out of ICE, by reducing the need to protect HQ.

Bellona is close to an auto-include in SYNC, unless you're using an agenda mix that can't tolerate 5/3s. It's a good card even in the abstract and it also works well with SYNC's economic denial plan – it wins you a lot of games that you would otherwise lose because the Runner doesn't have 5 to steal it with, or because they do have 5 in their credit pool but need to hold it back to avoid a lethal Hard-Hitting News hit.

One final card that's seriously worth considering is Snare!. The Jinteki decks that play this normally hardly care about the tag. In SYNC, though, the tag is half the point; your Snare! may be expensive to trigger, but when you do, it'll be an enormous tempo hit to the runner (who ends up losing three cards, three credits, and a click). If you can build a big server which tags the Runner repeatedly as they run it, and get them to hit an ambush at the end of it, you've probably won the game; direct tagging ambushes like AMAZE Amusements are theoretically better for this, but Snare! has the advantage of firing on random HQ and R&D accesses, so the additional centrals protection means it's worth the influence cost. Quite a lot of my games playing SYNC have been won by a Snare! hit, either from the tag, or from a flatline, or just from value damage (sometimes it snipes the runner's only copy of an icebreaker, or an Apocalypse, or the like, causing their deck to no longer function). Snare! is therefore a card worth keeping in mind, especially when running against SYNC. (It works pretty well in R+, too.)


In summary: you won't see SYNC very often nowadays, because most of what it does, NBN: Reality Plus can do better. It does still have some niches, though: economic denial, and anything that lands a large number of tags all at once (such as Hard-Hitting News and large servers full of Pings). It finds it harder to build a viable economy than some Corp decks do; expect to be spending a lot of slots on economy. However, it can protect an asset economy with the help of AR-Enhanced Security, so it isn't all gloom on the economic side. So overall, not a terrible ID, but fairly niche, and you aren't going to see much deck variety out of SYNC decks in practice. And if you're playing against it, watch out for Snare!!

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Kinda have to rant on this but it just goes way over my head why someone would ever use this instead of the just simply better Enigma. Sure it is a nice facecheck earlygame but who says that you'll actually draw it then? In the mid and lategame this is just a >dead< card which as described earlier gets broken for a single effing credit... It's really just not worth the rez cost, the click to install and therefore the deck spot. Oh did i mention it's also porous for rich runners? Like they pay 3 credits and just move through it which kinda resembles...using an effing icebreaker? How many do you want to put in your deck of these to get your cool painful earlygame facecheck? 3? Jesus, for your own sake - don't.

Look at the alternative in Enigma : Just 1 more rez cost but an actually unconditional ETR subroutine and 3 to break with the ubiqitous Unity (tho 2 to break with Gordian Blade). It also has a hurtful facecheck by losing a click.

What I want you to take away from this review is this: If you ever think about putting a Whitespace in your deck >really< consider if it would be better than an Enigma. I'm putting my hands in the fire here by saying that in at least 95% of the cases it just is not.

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<p>IDK, I think there are plenty of cases where that 1 extra rez cost makes a crucial difference.</p> —

Tranquilizer is far and away the strongest derez effect in the game as of System Gateway. It costs two creds to install but takes two turns to 'charge' its derez, effect subject to purging. Support such as Cookbook, Hivemind, and Simulchip can mitigate its charge-up time to the point that the runner can, after buildup, instantly derez ice, and Tranq's timing means that even without support the Corp will need to purge every other turn to avoid a derez. This is pretty dang strong, but what really sets Tranquilizer apart from other derez effects is its ability to use its effect without ever interacting with the Corp. Most other derez effects require previous interactions in the form of runs to utilize their effects. Those that don't, have either a prohibitive cost or caveat associated with their effects. Tranquilizer has neither of these limitations, allowing for some truly disgusting lategame lockdowns such as threatening of 3 consecutive, instant derezzes, anywhere on the board while also allowing for powerful value plays in the early to midgame.

I suggest you try Tranquilizer out.

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