So these are pretty cool. Hot takes:
New Beta Test looks pretty good. HB rush here I come (again)! /shame the other HB stuff doesn’t seem as good. Maybe the ICE will find a home, it’s decent vs MKultra, and a better facecheck than Ichi.
Laamb is the nuts! - I could even see quetzal getting a run out off the back of it (probably not, but the Surfer synergy is real, and the card crushes big barriers) - on reflection, may be too dependent on not running into a load of IP blocks and vanillas.
Slipstream also looks strong, but only in the right deck - probably Apoc-Steve.
Embezzle seems good too. With diversion of funds coming soon though, HQ might be too locked down.
Masvingo - Anyone remember Tyrant? No, me neither. Either way, it’s no coincidence that this appears in the same pack as:
Trypano - The parasite replacement, will definitely be good, and even better with support. Seems unlikely to travel, but could have enough of an impact to change the way we look at ICE like Kagugo (expensive, no facecheck). In which case:
Envelope - Barrier that hurts, slightly more taxing in terms of creds. Will almost certainly still be overshadowed by Kagugo.
New Adam card looks really good, shame you can’t Apoc / Shutdown etc. with it (aside from through Comet?).
All the other cards are either NBN, in which I have no interest, or stuff we’ve already seen. Special mention to Compile which I’d forgotten about and which seems pretty good. even better with the upcoming flameout.
Edit: the ethiopian distance hardware seems alright too. Probably good if Laamb becomes a thing, otherwise I’m not sure where I’d put it.
Edit 2: popcorn at the ready for the Masvingo flavour text discussion