System Gateway

“How are you feeling now?” asks Jericho.

“What am I feeling right now?” I’m stalling, not sure how to answer. There’s sweat beading on my neck, and my mouth feels dry no matter how much I try to wet it. The old cushion under me is lumpy and tattered. The cable between my fingers radiates heat.

“Like I’m about to jump out a damn hopper a thousand feet up with no chute,” I smirk nervously towards the holo hovering before me. Jericho’s face smiles up at the console on my desk like a proud parent. “You sure this is safe?”

“Running? Hell no,” he cackles back. “But there’s a whole ‘nother world on the other side of that cable. Full of magic, and wonder, and myster—”

“And money,” I cut in, raising the jack to my neck.

“And money,” he assures me.

I jack in.

System Gateway: Starter Pack cover image

System Gateway is NISEI’s foundational set. It is designed as an out-of-the-box learning experience and provides everything you need to start playing Netrunner. The cards in the set are straightforward, yet powerful, and will form the cornerstone of any player’s collection.

One copy of the System Gateway Starter Pack, plus the NISEI learn-to-play guide, is all two people need to learn Netrunner.

Fast Facts

  • Release date: March 28, 2021
  • Size: Full playsets of 77 new cards (73 original Standard-legal cards, 2 reprints of Standard-legal cards, 2 tutorial-only identity cards), plus player aids
  • Total cards: 205 playable cards, plus player aids
  • Set symbol: Portal
  • NetrunnerDB set abbreviation: sg (Rulings)

Get System Gateway

System Gateway has two component parts: the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack. You can buy each separately or get them together as a bundle. Together, they make up the full set.

You only need to purchase one copy each of the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack to have a full playset of every card in System Gateway.


Not sure which storefront to pick? Check out NISEI’s handy Purchase Guide for a rundown of the options.


System Gateway: Starter Pack

System Gateway: Starter Pack cover image

System Gateway: Starter Pack is a fully playable box containing one Runner deck and one Corp deck. The Starter Pack offers an out-of-the-box experience with duel decks designed to teach two players how to play Netrunner. Each System Gateway: Starter Pack box comes with an additional 10 cards per deck to enhance play after learning the ropes.

Buying from DriveThruCards is the best option for NISEI in terms of revenue. Shipping outside of the United States can be expensive. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

The MakePlayingCards Standard quality is slightly thinner than classic FFG cards. Shipping is generally more affordable than DriveThruCards for customers outside the United States. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

The MakePlayingCards Premium quality is slightly thicker than classic FFG cards. Shipping is generally more affordable than DriveThruCards for customers outside the United States. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

You can download these cards as a PDF, then print them and cut them out at home. If you want to support future development, please consider donating!

NISEI print-and-play files do not contain card backs. They are designed to be sleeved in opaque sleeves with some other card for backing.

System Gateway: Deckbuilding Pack

System Gateway: Deckbuilding Pack cover image

System Gateway: Deckbuilding Pack is a companion product containing extra copies of the cards featured in the Starter Pack, plus a smattering of additional new cards to open up deck building to a new player looking for more—including a new identity card for each main faction.

Buying from DriveThruCards is the best option for NISEI in terms of revenue. Shipping outside of the United States can be expensive. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

The MakePlayingCards Standard quality is slightly thinner than classic FFG cards. Shipping is generally more affordable than DriveThruCards for customers outside the United States. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

The MakePlayingCards Premium quality is slightly thicker than classic FFG cards. Shipping is generally more affordable than DriveThruCards for customers outside the United States. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

You can download these cards as a PDF, then print them and cut them out at home. If you want to support future development, please consider donating!

NISEI print-and-play files do not contain card backs. They are designed to be sleeved in opaque sleeves with some other card for backing.

System Gateway: Complete Bundle

System Gateway Complete Bundle cover

System Gateway: Complete Bundle contains both halves of the System Gateway set: the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack. Learn to play with the Starter Pack, then expand your horizons with the cards contained in the Deckbuilding Pack!

Just want the basics? You can buy the Starter Pack and Deckbuilding Pack separately (see above). You only need the Starter Pack to learn the game.

Buying from DriveThruCards is the best option for NISEI in terms of revenue. Shipping outside of the United States can be expensive. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

The MakePlayingCards Standard quality is slightly thinner than classic FFG cards. Shipping is generally more affordable than DriveThruCards for customers outside the United States. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

The MakePlayingCards Premium quality is slightly thicker than classic FFG cards. Shipping is generally more affordable than DriveThruCards for customers outside the United States. For more details, see our Purchase Guide.

You can download these cards as a PDF, then print them and cut them out at home. If you want to support future development, please consider donating!

NISEI print-and-play files do not contain card backs. They are designed to be sleeved in opaque sleeves with some other card for backing.

Rotation

Upon release in March 2021, System Gateway immediately became legal in the Standard and Eternal formats, as well as NISEI’s new Startup format, with a two-week grace period before becoming legal at Competitive-level events. System Gateway’s release also triggered a rotation for the Standard format: Honor and Profit, the SanSan Cycle, System Core 2019, and Salvaged Memories were no longer legal in Standard.

System Gateway Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to buy to start playing Netrunner is System Gateway: Starter Pack. It includes two ready-to-play teaching decks, player aids, and links to the NISEI learn-to-play guide.

You will need to supply some small pocket change or other objects to use as trackers.

No, although it does include card-based trackers for clicks and tags. You will need to supply a handful of pocket change, mini poker chips, or other small objects to serve as tokens and credits.

If you want a full collection, we recommend buying the full System Gateway set—both the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack. You can get these together as the System Gateway Complete Bundle and save a few bucks.

The Deckbuilding Pack alone does not contain full playsets of every card.

When you buy the full System Gateway set—that is, both the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack—you will have a complete playset of every card in the set.

Previous core sets included cards at different quantities, which supported the pick-up-and-play experience but frustrated players aiming to start a collection. System Gateway bucks this trend by making it simple to get a full playset of every card.

Our print-on-demand distribution model makes it difficult to ship actual physical rulebooks, but System Gateway was released alongside the NISEI Learn to Play guide. The printed product also contains rules reference cards and other player aids.

System Gateway cards are marked on their bottom edge in order to help you easily reassemble the Starter Decks.

The bottom of edge of a card, showing three solid circles next to the set icon.

A System Gateway card with 1-3 closed circles (•) is used in the Starter Decks. The number of circles indicates the number of copies in the Starter Pack. The remaining copies are included in the Deckbuilding Pack.

The bottom edge of a card, showing two crosses next to the set icon.

A System Gateway card with 1-3 crosses (+) is part of the 10-card advanced “booster” contained within the Starter Pack. The number of crosses indicates the number of copies in the Starter Pack advanced “booster”. The remaining copies are included in the Deckbuilding Pack.

The bottom edge of a card, featuring neither solid circles nor crosses near the set icon.

A System Gateway card with neither circles nor crosses on the bottom edge is not part of the Starter Decks at all, and all its copies are in the Deckbuilding Pack.

When you open the System Gateway Starter Pack, there is nothing you need to do to assemble the Starter Decks—they’re already ready to go!

If you’ve been using cards from the System Gateway Deckbuilding Pack and want to reset the Starter Decks to teach a new friend the game, look for the symbols at the bottom edge of the card. As mentioned above, dots (•) mean that many copies of the card are in the Starter Decks, and crosses (+) mean that many copies are in the Starter Pack advanced expansion.

Unlike with System Core 2019, NISEI’s previous core set, we don’t recommend trying to deckbuild with System Gateway by shuffling all neutral cards and all cards from one faction together.

System Gateway is designed so you can fully customize one Runner and one Corp deck with the contents of the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack. However, you will find it challenging to build multiple Runner or Corp decks simultaneously with only System Gateway—you will likely have to take a deck apart before building another.

The System Gateway Starter Pack contains a neutral Runner identity card, The Catalyst, and a neutral Corp identity card, The Syndicate.

These identities have a 30-card minimum deck size, have no abilities, and do not use influence. They are only used for teaching games—they are not legal for organized play.

Each identity contained in System Gateway comes as a single copy.

Yes. All seven of the Standard-legal identities in the System Gateway Deckbuilding Pack follow the same 40/15 structure. Playtesting showed that the smaller minimum deck size allowed for greater consistency, which we found particularly important when playing with only System Gateway.

The teaching identities contained in the System Gateway Starter Pack, The Catalyst and The Syndicate, have a minimum deck size of 30 cards and ignore influence limits. They are not legal outside of tutorial play.

NISEI continues to maintain and update the rules of the game, with an eye toward clarity and consistency. The rules changes for System Gateway introduced new terms for familiar parts of the game.

You can learn more on our Major Changes page, by reading the Rules team’s explanatory article, or by checking out the System Gateway Release Notes when they are published.

System Gateway was playtested and released alongside System Update 2021, a companion set consisting of reprints of classic Netrunner cards. System Update 2021 expands and complements some of the themes contained within System Gateway. Why not check it out?

Card-Specific Questions

Questions about specific System Gateway cards have been answered on the NRDB Rulings page for this set.

Card Lists

Starter Cards

Identity: The Catalyst

  • 2× Tread Lightly
  • 2× Creative Commission
  • 2× VRcation
  • 2× Overclock
  • 3× Jailbreak
  • 3× Sure Gamble
  • 1× Docklands Pass
  • 1× Pennyshaver
  • 2× Cleaver
  • 2× Carmen
  • 2× Unity
  • 2× Mayfly
  • 1× Red Team
  • 2× Telework Contract
  • 2× Smartware Distributor
  • 1× Verbal Plasticity

These cards are marked with circles on their bottom edges:

Runner card edge with circles

Booster Pack

  • 2× Wildcat Strike
  • 2× Mutual Favor
  • 2× DZMZ Optimizer
  • 2× Leech
  • 2× Conduit

These cards are marked with crosses on their bottom edges:

Runner card edge with crosses

Starter Cards

Identity: The Syndicate

  • 3× Offworld Office
  • 2× Send a Message
  • 2× Superconducting Hub
  • 2× Nico Campaign
  • 2× Urtica Cipher
  • 2× Regolith Mining License
  • 2× Brân 1.0
  • 2× Diviner
  • 2× Karunā
  • 3× Palisade
  • 2× Tithe
  • 2× Whitespace
  • 2× Seamless Launch
  • 2× Government Subsidy
  • 3× Hedge Fund
  • 1× Manegarm Skunkworks

These cards are marked with circles on their bottom edges:

Corp card edge with circles

Booster Pack

  • 2× Orbital Superiority
  • 2× Funhouse
  • 2× Public Trail
  • 2× Predictive Planogram
  • 1× Retribution
  • 1× AMAZE Amusements

These cards are marked with crosses on their bottom edges:

Corp card edge with crosses

The following Runner cards, at the given quantities, are included in the System Gateway Deckbuilding Pack.

Please note that the Deckbuilding Pack alone does not contain full playsets of every card. When you buy the full System Gateway set—that is, both the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack—you will have a complete playset of every card in the set.

Anarch

  • 1× René “Loup” Arcemont: Party Animal
  • 1× Wildcat Strike
  • 3× Carnivore
  • 3× Botulus
  • 3× Buzzsaw
  • 1× Cleaver
  • 3× Fermenter
  • 1× Leech
  • 3× Cookbook
Anarch Glyph

Criminal

  • 1× Zahya Sadeghi: Versatile Smuggler
  • 1× Mutual Favor
  • 1× Tread Lightly
  • 2× Docklands Pass
  • 2× Pennyshaver
  • 1× Carmen
  • 3× Marjanah
  • 3× Tranquilizer
  • 2× Red Team
Criminal Glyph

Shaper

  • 1× Tāo Salonga: Telepresence Magician
  • 1× Creative Commission
  • 1× VRcation
  • 1× DZMZ Optimizer
  • 3× Pantograph
  • 1× Conduit
  • 3× Echelon
  • 1× Unity
  • 1× Telework Contract
Shaper Glyph

Runner Neutral

  • 1× Overclock
  • 3× T400 Memory Diamond
  • 1× Mayfly
  • 1× Smartware Distributor
  • 2× Verbal Plasticity

The following Corp cards, at the given quantities, are included in the System Gateway Deckbuilding Pack.

Please note that the Deckbuilding Pack alone does not contain full playsets of every card. When you buy the full System Gateway set—that is, both the Starter Pack and the Deckbuilding Pack—you will have a complete playset of every card in the set.

Haas-Bioroid

  • 1× Haas-Bioroid: Precision Design
  • 1× Luminal Transubstantiation
  • 1× Nico Campaign
  • 3× Ansel 1.0
  • 1× Brân 1.0
  • 1× Seamless Launch
  • 3× Sprint
  • 2× Manegarm Skunkworks
Haas Bioroid Logo

Jinteki

  • 1× Jinteki: Restoring Humanity
  • 1× Longevity Serum
  • 1× Urtica Cipher
  • 1× Diviner
  • 1× Karunā
  • 3× Hansei Review
  • 3× Neurospike
  • 3× Anoetic Void
Jinteki Logo

NBN

  • 1× NBN: Reality Plus
  • 1× Tomorrow’s Headline
  • 3× Spin Doctor
  • 1× Funhouse
  • 3× Ping
  • 1× Predictive Planogram
  • 1× Public Trail
  • 2× AMAZE Amusements
  • 1× Telework Contract
NBN Logo

Weyland Consortium

  • 1× Weyland Consortium: Built to Last
  • 1× Above the Law
  • 3× Clearinghouse
  • 3× Ballista
  • 3× Pharos
  • 1× Government Subsidy
  • 2× Retribution
  • 3× Malapert Data Vault
Weyland Logo

Corp Neutral

  • 1× Orbital Superiority
  • 1× Send a Message
  • 1× Superconducting Hub
  • 1× Regolith Mining License
  • 1× Tithe
  • 1× Whitespace

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