I have heard a lot of complaints about the meta lately. This week a local player suggested they might do a restricted list soon.
At first I thought the idea was stupid. Right now the game seems to be really well balanced. Sure, Account Siphon might be borderline banable, but it can be built against. Tag Me is more dangerous than ever since Weyland can recurse their Scorches like nobodies business.
The only thing that might be wrong is, that every runner has to be able to win out of centrals. The Source is a good step in that direction, soon runners will be able to make the corp play remotes.
So why am I now thinking about a restricted list?
Because deckbuilding could be more fun!
What I propose, is a restricted list, that combines runner and corp cards. In a legal tournament decklist (Combining runner and corp) you would be able to play two of the restricted cards (one playset of 2 runner, 1 runner 1 corp, or 2 corp cards).
This form of restricted list could potentially make deckbuilding way more interesting. It also forces players to analyze their skill on both sides of the table. You could sacrifice quality in one deck to strengthen the other.
My first strike at the list would look something like this:
- Account Siphon
- SanSan City Grid
- Biotic Labor
- Scorched Earth**
Some thoughts on this list:
Astroscript: restricting SanSan is more influential. Astroscript is worse for the game but only when it is combined with SanSan. Restricting both would be to hard on a whole faction.
Datasucker / Desperado / Emergency Shutdown…: (similar to Astroscript) this would break viable archetypes beyond repair.
The Combo: Yes I have been hit by it. No it was not worse then loosing otherwise.
There is one card of every faction except Jinteki and Shaper:
Jinteki: There is no card I would want on this list. (Maybe Caprice but I´m not convinced)
Shaper: Indexing, Clone Chip, Self Modifying Code. I don´t think any of these belongs on that list. (Current Shaper builds also get punished for Parasite and sometimes Siphon)
There is also something to be said about having factions that don´t have any restricted cards. They could be the fallback if your other deck uses both possible restricted cards.
Of course I am biased by the decks I tend to build. In the two Chronos Tournaments I went to I played Siphon Noise and HB Fast Advance. I got third both times. For Regionals I might go back to an aggressive Criminal list splashing Parasites.
What do you think about my idea? Is it just crazy talk? have I missed a card?
I just developed the idea on the fly, so something may have slipped me.