I was testing a Pawnshop based Hayley deck for post-rotation before the Spoiler Ken announcement of the now Official MWL came out, and it demonstrated pretty clearly why a number of the Shaper cards had to hit a restricted list.
I had a whole gambit of offenders: Pawnshop, Employee Strike, Clone Chip, Inversificator, Film Critic, Bloo Moose and Levy.
I honestly don’t recall losing a single game with the deck. It just had answers to everything and I was always rich enough to pull those answers. In the post-rotation environment with corporations having considerably less cash, I think this type of deck would have been the dominant force in the meta. This must have been identified during playtesting so the designers had to bust it up.
Definitely going to miss playing Pawnshop decks though. I can’t really imagine taking Pawnshop over the other cards on the restricted list so Aesop probably gets the binder for awhile.