For a long time 5/3 where unplayable. Most decks contained 3/2 and 4/2 while mostly this was NAPD contract. So like 10 Agendas. Only exceptions was Jinteki playing The Future Perfect (TFP) as it was self protecting.
This changed with Global Food Initiative (GFI) becoming the premier 5/3 as it meant the runner needs to steal 4 agendas & the corp is able to score with 3 agendas (ideally). GFI is that good that you are happy to pay the 1 inf per card and it has become restricted. In @TheBigBoy limited format it’s banned which is also a statement that it’s pretty strong.
FFG learned how to make 5/3 viable with more self protecting Agendas like: Degree Mill, Obokata Protocol, City Works Project, Ikawah Project.
And of course SSL Endorsement which is not self protecting but sometimes it’s nice to be stolen to enable you to score or come back into the game.
And of course with Downfall we have SDS Drone Deployment what a card!
So my main question is, how could we make existing 5/3 viable? Do we need to push the power level? Do we need to add a self defending mechanism? What do you think?
Elective Upgrade for instance was so strong (2x Biotics) that it was playable too.
I’ll make the start with High-Risk Investment I think if we’d change the text to “when scored or stolen” this would help the card? Or giving it 2 counters?
What do you think about it? How would you make other 5/3 viable for the game? And of course feel free to talk about 6/4 and 9/6 Agendas too