I think the direction I want to move in for the agendas is twofold:
(1) Remove 3/5 of the Pri Reqs and put Fragments in instead. This will make the deckbuilding process a little more interesting, as you’ll actually get some choices. 5/3s that aren’t TFP, (and Food), are just so shitty they’re not worth including in the packs, which makes me want to include more of them in the base packs. Making the base agendas worse rather than better sounds like a bad idea, but considering adding one 4/2 to the base pack might be a good idea just to help people fill out their 7x2 suite, (which often ends up being supplemented by a 5/3 and an X/1).
(2) Add more agendas in general to the cube, or otherwise just improve their quality. Food and TFP in particular do a great job of mitigating the 5/3 issue while also being totally reasonable picks because of the way they decrease your agenda density. I have to discuss with Anthony on this, but I would like to add 3 Food, bump up to 3 TFP, add the 3rd Beta Test, and go up to at least 2 Philotic. Furthermore, I would like to maxx out on some of the better 4/2s like NAPD and Character Assassination. The value of the good agendas is just too high right now due to scarcity, and it ends up being the case that a lot of people end up with garbage Corp decks because they failed to take agendas super aggressively. Adding some more support to glacier might also help indirectly by making scoring 5/3s more reasonable.
I like Armitage. It’s good enough to see plenty of play but bad enough that you want to avoid playing it a lot of the time, especially since runner decks end up being tight. I don’t mind the breakers seeing very little play, but I still like having the ‘out’ of a shitty breaker to play in case you somehow managed to miss on a specific type.
Private Contracts, on the other hand, is kind of a piece of shit. You end up playing it because you just need non-shit cards in your corp deck, but I think the solution isn’t to remove it. Every other Corp econ card you could play is either too unreliable to consider real econ in an econ light deck, such as PAD Campaign, or is actually good enough that you would rather have it in the cube than the free cards, such as Beanstalk. I think the solution is to keep Private Contracts, but address the issue in another way:
Considering runner decks play 30 cards and corp decks play 34, it’s possible that we should look into adding a card to each of the Corp packs in a draft so you get a few extra cards to fill out your deck. Corp decks tend to build themselves compared to Runner decks in most cube formats simply because of this deck size disparity. I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me, but I personally recommend trying out drafting with 1-card-larger Corp packs. If Anthony likes this idea, maybe we’ll make it an ‘official’ change to the format.