Yeah. I think FFG is a bit too worried about creating another “broken” ID. So long as A) Criminals are at least as good as the other factions, and B) A deck wants to generally draw specific cards, and C) Early game power that can turn into late-game power is good… Andy’s going to be Top Tier. That’s not changing.
Having other things as good as Andy isn’t a problem if they’re spread out and good in different ways.
Which, on the subject of Anarchs, Noise is poised to be (though he dies hard to Deadcoats, so I’m not terribly worried, personally). Valencia might be, unless they hit her deck:influence with a mighty big hammer out of fear. Kim could be, if he hammers NBN as hard as it seems like he might, though he also might, uh, not, for lack of consistency/economy.
But, then again, the thing that tickles me isn’t so much the idea that they’ll all be Andy/Kate levels of good so much as the notion that Anarchs will be able to exert an entirely different sort of metagame pressure than just being top decks. Having a bunch of Tier Two Anarch IDs will mean that you’ve got to be able to handle all of them to beat the field, and if some of them hammer particular builds, then you’ll need to go after others. So, by screwing ever so slightly with the viability of decks in Swiss, they might push different decks into the split than would otherwise make it, even if they themselves don’t necessarily make it in.
I dunno, might not be the most likely, but the idea of it/of local metas shifting as different Anarchs are favored just makes me smile for whatever reason.