Can I introduce you to Sneakdoor Beta?
My problem with Gauntlet is how it is weaker when combined with almost any other criminal card (e.g. derez, bypass, access by not running HQ directly, not breaking all subs on ICE). There are more cards that Gauntlet specifically does not work with than combos effectively in criminal.
Gauntlet may well be a good card, but it is best in factions other than criminal.
HQI has a simple effect that combos with many other criminal cards very effectively. Crisium Grid can’t even shut it down.
HQI >> Gauntlet imo, unless you’re building a shaper deck.