Both players shuffle their respective DECK and ITEMDECK and place them face down on the game table.
Both players roll a W6 and repeat the roll until they get different dice results. 
The player with the higher die result begins to place one of his OPERATORS face-up on one of the five FIELD POSITIONS. Then it is the other player's turn until all FIELD POSITIONS are filled. The remaining OPERATORS are placed in the corresponding SAVEZONE. 
Each player now draws 5 cards from their draw pile into their hand. (The hand cards are secret from the opponent).
The player with the higher dice result starts the first ROUND with his TURN and skips the PREPARATIONPHASE.