eh, I think there’s some gray area between “running and trashing 4 and 5 cost assets and upgrades all day” and “checking your face-downs for agendas, then going back to building up.” Trashing a SSCG and making the money back takes my whole turn, if I’m lucky. checking a SSCG or DBS and shrugging at its uselessness only takes one click.
that said, I don’t think NBN’s going to be unplayable at all. who’s playing clot? anyone? is anyone playing clot?
Not trying to derail but I think this is a study in card hype. Search for the thread with the Spaces Between spoilers. There was WotW hype and there was also a lot of talk about runner currents being extremely strong. Card hype is a thing and then we all settle down.
I remember some concern (maybe even my own, but not only me, for sure) that it might hurt Anarchs (without tutoring) or Criminals (with single breakers) some.
But then it was 4 to rez, 1 to trash, did next to nothing against Shaper, and it turns out that the people without tutoring ran multiple copies and the people running only one copy had tutoring and we all got over it.
Clot’s put up some actual results in terms of effectiveness, and it’s harder for the corp to trash cards before they might become relevant and then keep them from coming back than the reverse.
The other key factor is that WoTW doesn’t stop the runner - just punishes them for being successful. Meaning it’s kinda useless on remotes once the runner’s at match point. It’s also has a targeting restriction - it has to be an icebreaker used during the run. So if I Faerie, D4V1D, Quetzal, click through bioroids etc I can limit your selection. The reason WotW looks good on paper is because you mind defaults to you and your opponent playing fair. However, the only runner faction that plays remotely ‘fair’ (Shaper) is by default resistant to it.
Clot, on the other hand, invalidates entire scoring patterns. Baring a follow up Biotic labor + Cyberdex Trial, or a suite on the table, you simply can’t do FA. Period. Oh - and this is true even when you haven’t seen it yet if the runner has access to an SMC.
Now, clot’s not a lotus field style card (decent playable generally, but backbreaking in one matchup) but it’s super tutorable, and gains most of it’s power as a one-of.
There are a lot of nbn decks where clot doesn’t do much or can be played around very easily, couple that with the fact that no criminal will be playing it and I think nbn will be fine. CI is dead, but that’s about it (technically tennin fa but that’s been dead so long that it’s really just shooting a corpse). NBN still has the best agenda suite in the game, and enough card selection to make a magic player blush.
Also I disagree with the account siphon read, it’s good against rp sometimes, but awful against most other glacier decks. Emergency shutdown and inside job have much higher stock, but not really on siphon. If criminals start going back to 3 SoTs it’s for shutdown.