I got to play a couple of games this weekend against a [Blue Sun] deck, and it was pretty interesting. I’m finding it difficult not to phrase my thoughts about how this identity affects the game as complaints, but here are some thoughts I had, and I’m interested to hear from other folks who have played with/against this ID so far.
Massive, reliable economic boost
Oversighting a curtain wall on turn 1 for a giant pile of creds on turn 2 seems way more powerful than GRNDL (balanced by bad pub and reduced influence) or Tennin (balanced by requiring conditions to be met). This is the most powerful identity ability in the game IMO. Even losing a click each turn to spam a piece of ice onto your amazon industrial zone server for 3 creds next turn is pretty great (come trash it, it’s got a secretary on it, lulz)
Opportunity costs are greatly reduced for the corp
Going to 0 creds to rez a piece of ice protecting your agenda remote, or protecting against siphon, or what have you stops being a problem. This to me is a pretty fundamental tool that the runner has that is now cut back pretty hard (and is frankly the part that I feel the most negatively about)
Totally neuters some cards
Parasite, Caissa, Femme - these are all one-time use against this ID
Increases the value of some cards (and not necessarily ones that needed it)
Emergency Shutdown/Crescentus become much more valuable means of denial, and Account Siphon, even though it’s weakened by the ability to ditch credits and get them back later, seems to be paradoxically more important to include since other means of denial (i.e. opportunity cost) are weakened even more.
I don’t yet have any particularly good thoughts on how to play against this ID, but I’m confident that we’ll be seeing a lot of it, so I guess it’s a good time to start.
The basics of it seem like what one would do for any taxing corp deck (concentrate on multi-access, keep large piles of credits on hand for tactical runs, running expose to avoid draining your resources on nothing, etc.) but would like to hear from smarter folks than myself.
This post got longer than I intended