I don’t think the fact that a lot of competitive decks in worlds don’t include a certain card is an argument against what I am trying to say exactly. My argument isn’t really that it is too strong in competitive play, it’s that it takes a lot of the fun and creativity out of the game.
Perhaps I overstated my case a bit and I didn’t really mean to make it just about Film Critic. It’s just a boring card that can remove a lot of interesting decisions from play. Even if it isn’t tipping the scales of the World Championships, why not embrace a banning philosophy of ‘make the game as good as interesting and strategic as it can be.’
Spreading the effect out over a few weaker cards, as someone suggested, seems like a more elegant long-term solution.
A weaker argument but one I would make is that I would even advocate for the banning of Rubicon Switch, even though it is not a deck that sees any competitive play and isn’t even really that good of a card. With the Amakua/GPI decks that are popular at the moment, just having a completely lock-down where the corp can’t rez ice by the mid-game is just a bad experience for a lot of games and players. The MWL list brought a lot of players to the game because it made the game more fun, maybe banning a few more might make it even more fun?
Likewise, Museum of History. It wasn’t popular at Worlds but it’s just a card that makes people groan and want to quit playing when they see it. What percent of the player base would be THAT disappointed to just see that disappear?
But to take the line of thought that a card dominating Worlds might be an argument that it imbalanced, wouldn’t the fact that so many decks played CI in the worlds final 16 be a strong argument for the banning of CI?
As far as Skorp being a counter to Maxx, I don’t think a counter to anything should be designed into an ID ability, but that is another design-topic. Skorp is the only ID that feels like it can be a hard-counter and it feels like a mistake they never made again.
And although the existence of Skorp didn’t rotate Maxx out of play, it has created a lot of games where one players sits down as Maxx, sees the other ID is Skorp and maybe feels almost ripped off before the game even starts. Is giving players that feeling sometimes a good thing for the game?
I’m getting ready for a store champ in a couple of weeks and I almost don’t even want to go because I know everyone is going to be playing CI. I would like to win a Store Champ, but I don’t really feel like spending a whole Saturday playing against degen CI combo decks all day. I know that a certain percent of players love the game BECAUSE they can play degen combo decks and they have a loud voice in the community as well. But when I try to get my wife, my brother or my friends into Netrunner, it’s a tough sell because for most people, most of the time, CI decks just aren’t very fun to play against.