Hey, like many of you, I'm running into a fair number of CtM in my meta these days. It's been quite the problem to deal with, actually, since I'd rather play things that aren't Whizzard or DLR MaxX. A few things are difficult without them:
Capital Investors is a trash-on-sight sort of card, but at 4 credits and 2 clicks to trash it's such a tempo hit, especially early. It ends up giving CtM enormous sums of money that they can use to HHN very early if I try to do anything, sapping me of 4 clicks and 8 credits, if I can even afford to deal with that. Sensie and DBS provide tremendous card draw, allowing them to just create endless servers each turn that are impossible to check when dealing with the former. Then they get to sneak out agendas (particularly Breaking News). If they get a Breaking News off with a click to spare, then they can just Closed Accounts me so I can continue to not be able to deal with anything they're doing or, if I did manage to steal an agenda, they just take it back with EoI and now they're +2 or +3 instead of +1 and I have to deal with 2 more tags. All of this can happen extremely early in the game because of the econ and card draw provided by both Capital Investors and Sensie Actor's Union/DBS, so it's hard to develop any kind of board state as the runner before you just lose.
God forbid they throw any fast advance tools into the mix that I have to deal with. It's hard enough to deal with a 2-trash asset (Cap Investors, Sensie), dealing with a 5-trash San San is a nightmare. God forbid all of those traces don't sap me through Aryabhata Tech, hitting my econ anyway even if I try to play safe and make targeted trashes.
Anyway, the point of this topic is: Without using Anarch, how have you built your deck to deal with and/or what is the best way you've found to play against NBN: Controlling the Message? Which of the above mentioned issues are important to deal with now, later, or can be ignored? What kind of tech cards have you found useful without otherwise stifling your deck?
I'd built a Nexus Kate deck, thinking that maybe having all of that link + Magnum Opus would allow for better targeted control of their assets while making me more resilient to their traces, but that takes a few turns of set-up and by the time I can go deal with those Capital Investors they already have like 30 credits. And I'm talking like within the first few turns. Capital Investors is just... yeesh. I'm even thinking of slotting in a couple of Networking. Turns into a solid economy card if you're actually dealing with tags that often . I'm reluctant, though because of how dead it is without those tags.