This https://imgur.com/a/6Zu0Y got posted in the MWL thread but I wanted to make a new thread to talk about how excited it makes me.
I don’t think I’ve played a game of Netrunner since I went to a Regionals towards the end of July. The current meta is so dumb. Obviously tweaking the MWL could improve it, but a 3 influence slap on the wrist isn’t enough to fix the fundamental problem of “why did they print these ridiculously strong cards” (witness Lock Hayley). And having heard that Boggs wanted a ban list but FFG refused because it’s against their policy, I figured I was probably just done with Netrunner being an important thing in my life.
But then this! Wow wow wow do I ever hope it is true! Just banning the absurd cards - the only way to actually fix the game after the trauma of the Flashpoint cycle (there are 11 banned cards: Flashpoint has 5, Mumbad has 3, Red Sand has 2, and SanSan has 1).
There’s also a restricted list, which is not as important. I still like it more than the MWL, which mostly just limited your ability to play out-of-faction cards.
I cannot understate how exciting this is. To have to make decisions about what cards I’m going to play instead of just “well better play Temu & Moose, because those cards are insanely better than the alternatives”. To be able to play something like Argus without acknowledging that I will probably lose against anyone who opens with Aaron. To consider trashing assets with a runner other than Andy or Whizzard, because that might be a thing worth doing when there’s no Friends In High Places.
I hope so hard that there is substance to this rumor because if it turns out to be real then I will come back to Netrunner in a heartbeat.