The hope with PW was strictly to make it easier to combo with an early Stimhack which I see as feeding the aggro style. My hope was that in a Chaos Theory deck I’d be able to build a full anarch fixed rig with Stimhack and either PW or SMC in two seconds. That was, in theory, I’m still testing it however. At the moment CT with pw for stimhack aggro seems to be working much better than Rielle with a non-pw deck.
So as for Rielle, I’m disappointed so far. The free inside job each turn is anticipated, so if anything gets defended, then it’s with double ice at least. At that point, Tinkering is the only thing that will get me through. Once ice gets stacked 3-4 deep, then you are pretty much shut out. Doesn’t matter that you can in faction run 3x SMC, 3x RDI, 3x Maker’s Eye, Shapers are too poor and slow and can’t compete with the aggro econ of Desperado, Account Siphon, and Emergency Shutdown. Maybe I need to keep tweaking my Rielle list or maybe I need to try to incorporate ice destruction.
I didn’t think this expansion was going to put Shapers alongside Criminals, but damn, now I don’t think it will put Shapers anywhere remotely close, especially considering that Criminals will be feeling a further advantage from SOT and Dirty Laundry.
Now I’m just eager to see if the remaining unspoiled cards will make a difference.
I’m starting to think Kit would’ve been fine to print as a really strong shaper with 12 influence and/or +1 MU and/or her ability lasts until the end of turn because I’m feeling she’s not as strong as we think, although I still hope to keep testing to find out if she can be abused.
Just look at Andromeda, she’s so simple: 4 extra starting cards and a bonus link strength. However, it’s the insane criminal cards that make her so good. If Kit was a criminal, then she’d be insane as is.
My current iteration of Kit has replaced Yog.0 with Gordian Blade and has 2x Datasuckers • •, 3x Parasite •• •• ••, 3x Clone Chip, and 2x Stimhack • •