Had a chat with @sonatinas about Cube over the weekend.
We agreed that Account Siphon should stay out forever, and that the current gold standard for Cube cards on the Runner side are Magnum Opus, Bhagat, Parasite, and Clone Chip. The ultimate place we want Cube to be in is a place where you can open a pack that contains those four cards, and six others, and have any of the ten choices be plausible/defensible. There should be a place (and we may not have the card pool for it yet, to be honest) where picking a card is a choice for playstyle/archetype, not just ‘pick the best card and move on’. (Which is why Account Siphon stays out.)
I’ve noticed that Icebreakers on the Runner side aren’t actually a high priority to pick up since you generally have a few options. On the other hand, Opus, Clone Chip, Parasite are all high priority because their effect is not available in the Cube otherwise. (Reliable Econ, Good Recursion, Dependable ICE Destruction)
We spoke about Archetypes in the Cube… For Runner side, there’s currently Good Stuff (or Reg-Ass if you prefer), Stealth, DLR/Keyhole, and Atman-Datasucker. On Corp, you have Rush, FA, Kill, and Glacier.
In general, Stimhack Cube needs to make a decision about Stealth. (And NEXT ICE) Because this archetype will not work in a Singleton format that Cube tends to imply. You must have 3x Cloak and 3x Ghost Runner for this archetype to be viable. (I’m actually tempted to pull the Lockpick/Dyson Fractal Generator/Silencer sets from the Cube… Because they make it harder for the Stealth archetype to work. Because other people will pick up Lockpick/Silencer because they’re just generally useful, and that makes it harder for the Stealth player to actually get the Stealth breakers they need. Cloak is similar, but it takes up precious MU that only the Stealth player should be willing to do.)
Right now, I think the card pool can’t support a fully singleton Cube. My question is whether it ever will. Do we want to try and push the Cube to Singletons?
(Oh, and sonatinas and I agreed that we definitely would suck at maintaining the Cube. )