ANR did not have 3 of every card. Not even close. You needed 2 sets to play on any serious level and the competitive player they have to buy 3 sets for the few (I think it is like 12 cards or something) that only came in singles.
Like no self respecting competitive criminal player only has 1 Desperado!
The thing is that CORE sets usually have great cards in them that last for the entire run of the game, I think this is due ot not having a full idea of the form of the game yet. So some cards that in latter sets would have trait restrictions or something do not in core.. so they are mega good for a lot of decks.
This means that in the early stages of the LCG it is a huge advantage to have access in triplicate while the card pool is small. Still over time as new cards come out the advantage of having 3 Desperados' instead of 2 Desperados gets smaller and smaller. Specially if there is powercreep on a core set card and it is replaced.
Still, in those early days in competitive play, having 3 of those ubr powerful unique cards can make your deck shine vs others using less sets.
For me personally, of course I would prefer to buy 1 or maybe 2 sets. Still the truth is I will get how ever many cores I need to get a full set of 3 of every card.
Wow Desperado was one of the one only cards? Like I've said, sorry, I was wrong. (An' if one of those cards was Desperado-REAL wrong....) Yet I'll stand by what I've said, it's a LOT better than the other models.
Do you feel that NetRunner is worth what you've paid for it even though you've bought three cores? The way I see it, three cores is $90. Still less than a box of well, anything. From that you have at least three and in many, many, cases a lot more copies of every card and can easily build a good deck for each of the seven factions. That's about $12.75 per deck, about the same as a starter deck but made with ALL of the best cards in the game, not just one or two. Totally worth it in my opinion. (Still.)
Am I a fool for thinking I could go to FGGs OWN website and praise their courage and maybe show some appreciation withOUT being contradicted? Yes, Yes I am.