I think he's good. Along with Blacklist and the new HB hand size identity, I think they've turned on some more areas of the game.
Runners can't simply ignore program trashing or small hand sizes as a minor inconvenience anymore. These are areas which have gone from "Annoying if it happens" to "Potentially game-ending if it happens". You don't have to plan for them in your deck, but you accept that you will probably lose the game if you get hit.
Public Sympathy, Origami, Sacrificial Construct all exist. If you choose not to play them, it's now a more relevant decision, similar to choosing not to play Plascrete Carapace/I've Had Worse.