Ok. Breathe. Wipe grin off face. Get serious.
I think Diversion of Funds and Pad Tap from the spoiled Kampala Ascendent datapack are good. The question is: Are they good enough to revive crim? I’ll leave Pad Tap for another time and focus on Diversion.
Diversion is the “more fair” Siphon. It has the same mechanic, but different numbers.
||Diversion of Funds
|Succ. Run Effect
|Lose up to 5cr
||Lose up to 5cr
|Succ. Run Effect
|Gain 2cr for each
|Gain 1cr for each
This is good y’all. In fact it might be almost as good as Siphon was in decks that didn’t have tag support. Let’s compare it to the Siphon-ditch-two-tags play when Corp is above 5cr.
Siphon: Corp loses 5cr, Runner loses 3 clicks, Runner gains 6cr.
Diversion: Corp loses 5cr, Runner loses 2 clicks, Runner gains 4 cr.
Of course you may need to factor in the probability of it not landing, in which case Diversion gets a probability-adjusted 0.5 credit loss. Valuing a click at 1.5 credits, Siphon wins by a mere 1 credit.
Diversion gets relatively better when the Corp is under 5cr because it loses 1cr while Siphon loses 2cr. So even when the corp goes down to 1cr by rezzing ICE during the run, there are more situations you may still want to trigger the effect than abandon it for accesses.
Finally, Siphon had the added benefit that its tag costs could be mitigated by tag avoidance/removal cards. Siphon had another benefit of giving the runner the option to go tag-me as a situational economy boost or as part of all out tag-me deck builds. As far as I can tell, the only significant distinction that makes Diversion “more fair” is its lack of tag options and interactions. Plus it’s 5 influence instead of 4! (So bug off Anarchs!!)
So, yeah…Diversion of Funds is what I hoped it would be!