The new Jinteki cards spoiled make me moist.
- The Cleaners is a pretty good agenda. 5/3 is hard to pull off, but if you do so then Private Security force, Flare, Scorched earth, etc, all become far more dangerous. So it increases the potency of BOTH win conditions, since you have 3 scored agenda points, and all meat damage is more likely to flatline a runner.
- The Hive is a rediculous early game piece of Ice, where cracking through it even with snowball will cost the runner 6 creds, which is not the easiest pill to swallow. I feel it will be better in Decks which don't rely on Posted Bounty and ... the other cheap agenda I am blanking on the name of. If you use Big Agendas, then it will remain powerful until you have built enough defences to get your server ready.
- I think Swordsman will change the Meta, but will only be present in a few decks. 1 Influence and a powerful anti-AI subroutine will be great at forcing runners to consider he will be in a deck when they build. Essentially, Katman and other AI only decks will be screwed since they cannot get into servers with Swordsmen on them. Building an unrunnable server suite (HQ, RnD, Remote for Agendas) is too powerful to not run certain things in their deck. Its main issues are parasite, Deus Ex, Femme and normal sentry breakers, since if there are no AI's then its an expensive 1 net damage.
- Wraparound is beautiful to me. Its mechanic of going to Strength 7 without a Fractor is awesome against AI again, making him very expensive to break through, while being cheap for the Corp. I can see it having a place in NBN trash decks, where you run Aggressive Secretaries, To Good to be Trues, etc all to just smash the runners shit, since if you can take their fractor off the board, your Ice gets better.
- Caprice Nisei is bonkers. One of the best corp cards in the game. Essentially her ability is, on a purely random basis, 66% chance to fail a run on a server she is on without getting the ability to trash her. At 4 Influence, I could still justify running 1 of her in certain HB and Weyland decks to enforce a way to end the run after they manage to get through your ice with their economy.
- Shinobi is the scariest black ops ICE so far, being that it is one of the only pieces of ice which, with some help, can kill a runner with 5 cards in their hand. It is a reason to run Net Police in your deck because free creds are awesome on traces, and I will guarantee that runners will start to run more Link in their decks due to this card.
- Shock is amazing. Mainly because you can access it from archives and still take the damage. Essentially it makes Datasuckers less powerful if you start tossing away your Shocks since they won't get a free pass into your archives and you don't necessarily have to put ICE there anymore. Costing 2 to trash is also beautiful since I run a triple encryption protocol in my Jinteki deck, and so costing 5 to trash my trap ensures that it will stay safe in my RnD and Hand.
- I like NAPD contract because I love it when a Runner can access your Agendas, but can't steal them. This Agenda is best in NBN where you can easily put Red Herrings on it, making it cost 9 to steal, while NBN doesn't have a way to put BP on themselves. Also, a 4-2 is reasonably good when its hard to steal.
- Marker...Not too sure about it. Its very similar to Sensei, but cheaper I guess? But not as good? At 1 influence its easy to put in places like HB, who really enjoy extra End the Run Subroutines on their bioroids.
- Sundew is rather awesome, especially in Jinteki identity where you have to run on centrals before you can run on remotes, since it essentially says "What do you prefer? The corp getting 2 creds a turn in your turn? Or you wasting 2 clicks and encountering at least 1 piece of ICE to get rid of a 2 to trash card? Definitely running Encryption protocol on this one, since I can easily make it cost 5+ breaking the Ice 7-8 +2 clicks to get rid of, giving me a very safe economy engine.
- Yagura is actually quite hilarious because its a money siphon (except against Yog, of course.) Either they spend the money to break it, or whenever they run on RnD you get to check the card they will look at and, if its an Agenda, toss it to the bottom of the deck if you don't want it stolen (but if its a Fetal AI, or NAPD contract they might not be able to steal it due to net damage/money issues).
AWWWWWEEEESOME stuff for corps coming in the next few months. The amount of Jinteki says to me that I think Jinteki is the next Boxed set.