I like UVC much better than VLC in Asa, since the corp spends their turn to get a bunch of cards and credits, then 2 installs. I could see Asa with Jinja Grid use VLC similarly, but I think I prefer UVC for the simplicity.
I think VLC merits getting hit because:
it can fire on turn 1 (in CI)
it gives way too much tempo for 1 click
it only really sees play in CI (to my knowledge at least)
Either way, I agree that CI having to chose between a clearance, FC3, and GFI does pull back the power level to what I hope will be more in line with the rest of HB; many cards on the restricted list seem to only be trying to hold back CI.
Finally, I am hoping that we will see a new Creation and Control in about a year that can address some of these issues and shake up the meta a bit. Rotate out CI, maybe Clone Chip and SMC for different tutoring effects. Daily Casts and Dirty Laundry can go to make way for other econ options. Reprint Levy to be limit 1 per deck. Of course, this is completely separate from the MWL, other than perhaps removing certain cards could free up some of the cards on the restricted list to come off.