Operation • Cost: 0 • Influence: 1

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NBN • Dmitry Prosvirnin and Atha Kanaani • Revised Core Set 102
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Anonymous Tip
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When Netrunner was young Anonymous Tip was considered a bad card. The corp already got a free draw, and accelerating their draw not only increased the density of agendas in RD but also headed the corp closer to running out of cards.

As the meta grew however and decks became more consistent in achieving their winning strategy, drawing cards became an advantage. Getting through the deck to find the agendas needed to win, or get the cards together in hand that would open up the winning score or set up the flatline. While Anonymous Tip has fallen out of general use, it and cards like it are no longer considered bad cards, and will be seen every now

(Written during the meta of Breaker Bay, part of the SanSan Cycle. For more reviews like it, visit wyldside.blogspot.com)

(Breaker Bay era)
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(Revised Core Set Perspective)

Have you ever wondered why Anonymous Tip almost never sees play but its runner-counterpart Diesel is used often (in and out of RCS)? Yeah, me neither.

The answer is quite simplistic - drawing a card has more marginal value to the runner than the corp. The biggest reason, of course, is that the corp player already has a mandatory draw every turn while the runner needs draws to get their rig set up quickly and sway the game state in their favour as turns go on. Meanwhile, the corp player isn't fishing for more draws, but more of that $$ to power their ICE, rez their assets, and advance their agendas.

In addition, a runner using Diesel can at worst get dead draws and end up discarding them at the end of their turn. For a desperate agenda-flooded corp, an Anonymous Tip into 2 more agendas is the last thing they want to see.

At the end of the day, it confuses me why they even made this a faction-specific card if not only because of Diesel getting the green light. There's no evident or immediate synergies with the rest of the NBN suite so maybe Jinteki might find some use for it to set up Celebrity Gifts. At least, it's a point of influence cheaper than its counterpart.

(Crimson Dust era)
NBN still has some of the best fast advance tools and still has the draw tools for corp. The idea, out of revised core set is that if the runner is floating tags (Ghost Branch with a few counters, Data Raven over R&D or HQ without fear, Bernice Mai and TGTBT in a pinch) and you have a psychographics or a Beale, you can use cards like anonymous tip to find the other part... it's niche and risky and that's why you don't see it. But the card isn't useless... just not one that works without very specific tools and goals in mind. —