When this card was spoiled, so many of us instantly drooled - how could we not? With the card evaluation skills we’ve honed in other card games, to us, replicator looked like a savage card-advantage engine; my first thought was: “this card is so powerful, it will surely elevate shapers to the same tier as everyone else.”
This sentiment proved to be quite wrong, replicators appearance in the competitive scene didn’t change the format in the slightest, and was only present in “rogue” decks that probably could have taken or left replicator.
So my question to you dear stimhackers, is when will it be time for replicator? what cards have to get made in order to make this card as great as we all expected it to be? I remember Alexfrog, in a bgg hype thread he made about replicator explained that he thought it would take some great hardware to make replicator sing; however, shortly after that shapers received their most important card: R&D Interface and Clone chip came trailing not too far behind.
I think that alone proves that the hardware itself wasn’t enough, perhaps it is a lack of synergy? It’s hard to make a deck abuse replicator while committing card slots to programs and econ.
What do you think? Did pawnshop actually become too slow for the format? What will it take to make replicator great?