At its very worst, Account Siphon is 3 clicks (one run, and 2 clicks to clear tags) with a 0 credit launch requirement for the runner to gain 6 credits, and the corp to lose 5 credits, an 11 credit swing. AT WORST. This card is way, way out of the Fing park as far as power. The devs were smoking something toxic when this made it out of testing in its current state. No other effects in this game come close to an 11 credit econ advantage, ESPECIALLY with a 0 launch cost. Good lord, even if the Runner only gained the credits siphoned it would be ridiculously powerful, but then they doubled the money gained and pushed straight into blatantly stupid territory.
Can you stop it? Yes, sometimes. That doesn't alter the fact that this card is a terribly designed and completely broken POS. MtG players can lose with a Black Lotus in their hand, which doesn't alter the fact that the card is way, way, way more powerful than anything else in the game and desperately needed to be banned/restricted.
Actually what you're describing is a best case scenario where the runner can get in to HQ for free. In most cases the runner has to pay to get in to HQ. And if you're that scared of the econ swing AS gives you put Bernice Mai in your HQ and now the runner doesn't get any money.and a tag for all his efforts. Honesly complaining about AS (especially at this point in the game where the Corp has very good economy and is probably slightly ahead of the runners) is kind of pointless.
I gotta admit, you are right. After playing MTG (off and on) for 20 years for about 12 years total. This game is NO WHERE near needing cards to be banned. I have not found any flaws yet with the game what so ever. Yes you need money yes you need ice. But honestly like a post earlier said which was spot on is "it's a meta defining card" So what! I remember when I 1st started playing like 5 months ago. My 2nd game playing. Account Siphon. Account Siphon. Deja Vu -> Account Siphon. Deja Vu -> Account Siphon.
I was like wtf, "That card is stupid, all you have to do is just do that over and over" And I felt the suffering of no money the whole game while I got inside jobbed and ran on like crazy. But I learned the hard way how to play. This is not a rule of the game, but honestly right now, you have to Hedge Fund -> HQ ICE -> R&D ICE. GO!
Which is fine! It's cool. And if you have only 1 ICE, you gotta pick. and get lucky... (get Indexed or not) oh well
idk, I haven't seen any flaws with this game. It's like saying basketball sucks cause there's a Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or Lebron James. It's the nature of games, there are going to be All-stars. Not to mention the best card, the worst card, and all the others in between.
This game rocks. You gotta figure out what's going on and what's up. If you got people robbing houses in your neighborhood, better get some gates, and maybe even a security alarm.
That's just how it goes. And heck if you look at the flavor, what the game is saying is: Here are some "powerful" hackers in the cyberspace (cyberwar) and these dudes got skills. What's the number one skill for a hacker? To get into bank accounts and credit cards, etc, and get money! They have to have this card, it's the name of the game. And I love the fact that, shapers don't have it, unless 4 INF, and anarchs, just have a zeroing out effect. It's beautiful.
It all makes sense...