Yeah, my friend runs Excalibur in his deck and it has been pretty annoying to deal with. I think Atman is a neat idea I hadn't considered.
I absolutely don't need all 3 installed, pretty much only ever have 1-2. Currently I've been running 2x Astrolabe, so my final rig vs. NBN and Weyland has been my 3 breakers, 1 Cloak, 1 Misdirection and I've never wanted for stealth credits. But would you recommend cutting 1 from the deck, or does that hurt consistency with finding it?
I agree about the ability to use 1c to pump Net Mercur. But you can do that with Dagger (or Switchblade) and Refractor, so if I have Blackstone instead of Paperclip it's kind of a moot point, right?
This might have been due to the fact that I only got to test it across 5-ish games, and it could've been influenced by the particular decks I placed and when I drew the cards...but every time I had it, I didn't have a good opportunity to use it. I had 3x and just played against people who iced every server, so there was never an opportunity to use it. I used it a naked remote and twice lost the card because it was a Jackson that they fired.
Maybe I just need to test it more, but I found that it was more circumstantial than Dirty Laundry and I ended up dropping it for Daily Casts. My struggle before adding Daily Casts was that with 3x Temujin and 3x Sure Gamble, I already had plenty of burst econ, but no good drip econ other than Net Mercur.
If I wanted to add Cold Read, I'm not sure what I would drop. 3x Career Fair and then put Paperclip back in? I suppose Paperclip is better with Cold Read -- that way if I absolutely need to, I could trash Paperclip instead of being forced to trash another program.
Yeah, I know it's generally solid. But at 1x, it's going to show up in the mid- or late-game a fair amount of the time. At that point, clicking and paying 2 to install to reap 3-5 credits before the game ends is pretty underwhelming. If I were to run Beth, I would probably put 2x in and really try to install her as soon as possible to reap more credits/draw over the course of the game.
I guess I'm just running into issues with the deck slots and influence to fit all of the cards that everyone else is suggesting. I know part of my issue is probably either my runner style or lack of skill, but I have consistently struggled to play Clot, E-Strike, and Beth in this deck in a way that makes as big an impact as everyone else says they should have.