I'm sure some of you have tested out the new C&C cards. Any thoughts? How wrong was Alex?
I sent this to a friend last night after playing several games at my FLGS:
I tried my CT deck tonight, and it worked out ok. The real star of the night in every game, though, was Indexing. I literally scored 7 AP off one Indexing -- didn't even need a Maker's Eye. A Stimhacked Morning Star was enough to do the dirty work.
Honestly, I think Indexing is so insane I'm going to build a deck around it. We're talking Test Run, Scavenge, Maker's Eye, Femme, Cyber-cypher, Escher, SMC, Stimhack.
On the corp side Successful Demonstration was not as good as I had hoped. It was honestly a kind of dead card in my hand a lot of the time. Cerebral Overwriter was ok, not great, so I think I'm going to scrap Matrix Analyzer in HB. Honestly I wished I was just running Secretaries and had Bastions there instead.
Bastion was really good, it just makes those R&D runs really taxing. I'd like to try Jinteki RP with Alix, I think Alix could be surprisingly good. Minelayer was really good using the old HB identity, as well. Howler was not good. Ichi 2.0 was OK, but the original is probably better just because it's cheaper. Heimdall 2.0 was reasonable, actually, though it gets crushed by E3. Perhaps with Wotan and Tyr's Hand it could be better.
Gila Hands was reasonable. Next Design did not seem nearly as good as ETF, and noone played any of the other HB idents. Bioroid Efficiency Research seemed pretty solid, but gives away a Femme target. Datapike was bad, Levy University was bad, Viktor 2.0 was reasonable, and Zed never seemed to hit.
I played against an Exile deck and it was actually tough -- there were always fucking cards coming out of nowhere [edit: by nowhere I mean his bin] and he had good econ by just Aesoping shit and Freelance Coding. I only got a break because of a late Aggressive Secretary that opened a window to score my last few points. Basically he opens with like QT, Diesel, Freelance Coding, so he's up like 7 credits, has all the breakers he needs in the bin, and has tutoring cards in hand. Gah annoying.
I'm sure there will be Weyland tag and bag decks with brain damage cards, and I haven't even thought about how HB FA is affected by the new cards at all. It scares me a bit to even consider it.