New: So this has basically just morphed into the NEH FA thread, so i changed the title, but I’ll leave the original topic below:
Post Clot NBN:
As one of the few people who thinks that the Astro Train is good for the game, I’m sorry to say that I’m of the opinion that Clot is going to be the end of NBN decks as we know them. I don’t think pure FA decks can add enough counterplay to Clot while maintaining other important aspects of their deck like adequate ICE or econ. I think that the nerf also hits NBN lists that aren’t just trying to train their way to the win. Decks like Traffic Accident/ Scorch NBN and Near pad and even Midseasons/Psycho rely on the threat of the train to force the runner to take risks. Without that, the runner can simply sit back and out econ the corp or sit and find their Plascretes or similar.
Now, I know that not everyone will be running Clot, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that Noise will probbaly run 2 and most Shapers will run 1, making it reasonably ubiquitous. Criminal will almost certainly pass, and some other Anarchs might as well since they can’t find it all that easily, but Noise + Shapers will probably be making up 33-50% of any given feild, rendering your strats a lot more difficult to pull off a good amount of the time.
My question: Can we still play NBN and win? Can we do it in a way that’s not just a worse version of how other factions do it? Please brainstorm. Don’t let my favorite faction fade into forlorn feebleness.