She’s All That: Cards That Got Good In Flashpoint

Ugly Ducklings and shrinking violets no longer. Ready to make their late debut, they are:

201_04_shes-all-that-makeover

THAT RUNNER’S HOT NEW THING

Power Tap

Made great by Citadel Sanctuary and CTM decks full of tracer ICE like Resistor. In hindsight, Sunny’s trace triggering current being released in 23 Seconds, alongside NBN: Controlling The Message should have been a sign that the age of Power Tap was here (and that there was a decent but rarely seen matchup for Sunny runners slotting it). But it was Takeshi’s Castle, rojazu’s Andromeda + Citadel + Power Tap deck that brought the combo into the popular consciousness.

It’s also facilitated some nasty Nexus + DLR decks that trace twice a turn. Yummy.

Rabbit Hole/Link

6 credits for 3 link (and 3 influence)? Turns out link of all stripes would be good against all those CTM traces.

Actually, since we’re here…

Networking

Favoured over Paper Tripping (which was played more often but never went mainstream exactly) for being better over a long game with CTM’s ability firing and Hard Hitting News and potentially Siphon tags to shake. SYNC was a big thing for a while there too.

Sacrificial Construct

It was showing up in Hayley lists to protect Clots and the like, and to sell to Aesop, but now it’s here to protect your gross Tapwrm for some runaway clickless credit economy or to force the corp to purge twice. Also for protecting your Baba Yaga breaker soup. Again, speaking of the devil…

Breach

Apparently a solid choice for throwing on Baba Yaga with that strength to credit ratio. The good witch also removes the centrals only restriction.

Paige Piper

Hacker headhunter befriends aging conspiracy theorist – the original odd couple. Interrupts your Frantic Coding after the install/before the mass trash and also thins your deck for some surprising consistency.

Compromised Employee/Ice Analyzer

Both seen in early Khan builds that wanted to derez everything. Not quite a tier one synergy in the end, using a lot of slots in a small deck, but it worked and was fun. On the other hand, the London Library + raptor breaker “ornithology” technique worked with Peregrine out of that NRDB deck of the week Kit list and somehow never quite made its way back into Khan with all those other birds…

Ankusa/Pipeline

Years after its release, and thereafter consistent swapping for Mimic, Femme or Dagger in most shaper decks, ol’ Pipey’s back with Sifr! Likewise with Ankusa, which has the trifecta of a high install cost, a non-existant base strength and a hefty price ber broken subroutine. The effect is strong enough though that removing the strength cost with Sifr makes it viable and punishing.

my-fair-lady-before-and-after-1453994162-large-article-0

CORPORATE DARLINGS

Bastion, Fire Wall

Their stock appreciated by the prevalence and efficiency of those darn Paperclips.

Psychographics, Closed Accounts

CTM dishes a lot of tags. Stands to reason that the original tagstorm tools would finally have their time in the spotlight. To a lesser extent we’ve seen a bit more Keegan Lane and Lily Lockwell around.

Mutate

It has better targets (DNA Tracker, Chiyashi) more support cards (Hasty Relocation, Nihongai Grid [sorta], Psychokinesis [also sorta]) than ever before. You used to see it never. Now you see it sometimes.  Also, Hasty Relocation into Mutate can bury 2 unwanted cards back in R&D if you put the ICE on top. Non-Jackson agenda filters, they’re everywhere now!

Shadow/Changeling

Pulled out of obscurity by Builder Of Nations for a hot week or two and still viable in that ID.

Currents

The Rumor Mill started it all. Jinteki/Caprice decks started slotting  Scarcity Of Resources, Clone Retirement and “Clones Are Not People” in retaliation. Employee Strike vs Paywall Implementation in Blue Sun. I’ve seen decks with three Strikes and three Paywalls go head to head spamming and recurring those things. thebigboy’s Sleeper Hold brought Enhanced Login Protocol to the forefront of people’s minds. Fairchild 3.0 made it even better. Enforced Curfews from Cybernetics Division and IG 49/Ronin-Ceremony decks hoping to slay devotees of the SifrCite. The current wars are real now. Whose narrative shall be superior?!

[PYGMALION REFERENCE HERE]

There are quite a few other cards that have poked their faces into newly opened slots as factions received new tools. Did I miss some cards here? You betcha! Please let me and the world know what you’ve pulled out of Archives over the last 6 months.

I’ve loved the Flashpoint cycle and, if the scoops are anything to go by, things are only getting weirder and more wonderful in the next few weeks. Chairman Stone may be moving on to bigger and better things but his designs are not yet done.

Disclaimer: runner research biased by the pathologically criminal meta of Melbourne, Australia.
Advertisements

One Comment Add yours

  1. Laxen says:

    Data Mine ❤

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s