On the one hand, we do want to avoid a situation where the runner runs up against some really difficult ICE and avoid stale ICE compositions. On the other hand, we want diversity in the cards that are present in the game, so that not everyone has all the answers in every situation. It’s certainly an interesting idea to present D4v1d as the MWL recipient, and at first I thought it to be the right idea, but in the end, I still land on Faust.
Although Faust may be balanced in a vacuum, I’d suggest that it is the most effective AI breaker so far, especially considering Wyldside + Adj Chrono. Crypsis is terribly inefficient and Overmind’s power is dependent on a couple factors. Atman is pretty great, but very focused. This primarily comes from Faust’s ability to reach the Strength-4 ICE effectively. IMO, that’s Atman’s territory.
We can’t do anything about it now, but if Faust either cost 2+ more to install or had the following paid ability scheme, I feel like that would have fallen more in line more with the previous AI breakers, but overall I do think it’s a power creep (again, due to Wyldside + Adj Chrono).
1 Card: Break 1 subroutine.
1 Card: +1 Strength if currently at less than 3 strength.
1 Card: +2 Strength if currently at 3 strength or more.
This won’t be so bad once Adj Chrono cycles out, but that’s in a couple years.
Ya know, if waiting on Adj Chrono to cycle out is what would make this Anarch dominance balance itself, maybe it should receive the MWL nomination. Sure, some innocent lists may be hit, but if they’re using Wyldside too, then I think that’s a well-deserved 2-Inf tax at this point.