Midori is a great card, I killed many people with it. Changing an expected ice with an Inazuma is a lot of fun. Or changing paper walls by paper walls vs Nasir, etc. I made a lot of tricks with this card. You basically ask the runner “well if this ice is not here but you have to encounter this one instead ?” which allow to use your moved ice elsewhere + hit the runner if you trigger Midori on purpose. And that means something if you can predict a shit fan if the runner take one unexpected ice like Neural Katana “forgot your Mimic ?”, Inazuma in front of something like a rezzed Archer, etc.
About that “I have one trap in hand but I prefered to IAA Sakai instead”, well in my book, that is a stupid play too.
Sakai triggers on access. Traps triggers on access. Agendas are stolen on access.
The runner runs an advanced card without knowing it’s a trap or not => Sakai => “well, will you continue ?” => of course he will, the runner just decided to run an advanced card. There’s no “maybe it will be worse” option because the decision the runner just made before the run is to run a “I don’t know if it’s a trap or not, whatever”. The runner stays in the same “whatever dude” state of mind and will ALWAYS re-access.
Try it. It’s like risking something but saying “hey, now you’re in front of this risk, let’s re-risk the same thing” => whatever dude, I decided to risk something, come on.
Would I play to “Throw a dice, if it’s even I reroll and if it’s even I win, every other case you win.”, answer is no.
So if you use it as a trap, it’s stupid because you could have played the trap instead and Sakai took the place of it in your deck. If you don’t, well I hope you have ToLs or that new Weyland op because you just lost a turn for nothing
Sakai is a very bad card. It have its niche use in that Weyland ID which punish access by 1c, with ToLs or that new Weyland op, but not really anything else if I remember well all the card pool.
I immediatly saw this when seeing Sakai being spoiled, tried the card and did not change my opinion based on these tests. It’s a failed design until some cards that punish remote accesses really start to make it (semi) usefull.
Remove Sakai of you deck and put traps in it. In that case, everytime you would have draw a Sakai, you draw a trap for the exact same result.