Like most of the article. Think you could've gone more into the Clot stuff, but that wasn't the point, and I think there are some good points about glacier and midrange corp play for people not super-familiar with 'em.
Yeah. The only time I can see this getting play is in a situation where we have Drive By and FA is still largely dead. Means that if they dodge the Drive By by rezzing early you can make the kill and get in, potentially.
Right now, though, if they can rez 'em in the first place they've probably done what they needed to do anyway.
Me too. Maybe AggSec bluffing to draw out their Clot and cost 'em heavy on the attempt to follow-up steal? Seems risky, still.
It's mostly the influence, I think. Running something like 1-2 Plascretes costs deckspace/consistency, but not having them just kills you dead in a variety of matchups and doesn't impact anything else. Clot has more of an opportunity cost to have in your deck in the first place, especially in Criminal, say -- especially because, to be useful, you need some way of getting it out between clicks on their turn, like Clone Chip or SMC.
So it's great in PPVP Kate, for instance, but nigh-impossible in Stealth Andy.
On the flipside, unlike Plascrete, it doesn't actually guarantee safety if you have it, or defeat if you don't. It's very good, but not quite at that level of broadness. Add that only two factions can really manage FA, whereas all four can run some kind of Meat Damage threat, and the bigger FA one (NBN) doesn't have much else going for it and it'll be less common... well, Clot's not looking great.
Which means FA's in the Dredge-Zone. If you bring it when no one is ready, you'll clean house. If people are ready, though, you'll get taken down. And since Kate can afford to splash it anyway and is super popular, well... most folks shouldn't worry too hard about splashing for it, but counting on not seeing it as Corp is doubtful strategy. Kate's probably the strongest ID at the moment, after all (and Clot is cheaper for her to install at instant-speed, too, in comparison to other Shapers, even).
All that said, HB FA has a much stronger chance of surviving, as they've got more ability to do multiple plans (FA-Rush hybrids, Glacier with FA to close out, etc.). It's easy enough to take a rich glacier deck and squeeze in some Biotic Labors to take advantage of a runner's lack of ability to Clot at points without hurting the deck overall if they can just access it at will. So they'll likely see something of a surge with people that like playing FA-style stuff, while others migrate to Blue Sun and RP Glacier builds that've proven themselves powerful time and again.