Hardware • Install: 2 • Influence: 1

click: Draw 1 card from the bottom of your stack.

The grass looked greener on the other side of the tear. But it always did, and there was always another tear.
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Window
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Ah, yes. Window. One of the few cards in the game that seems to be utterly and completely useless. I'm going to play devil's advocate here, and try to find a use for it.

Clearly, if you are playing with a shuffled stack, then drawing a random card off the top and drawing a random card off the bottom are literally the exact same. So Window only has a use when at least one of two conditions is met:

  • You know what the top card of your deck is, and you don't want to draw it for some reason

  • You know what the bottom card of your deck is, and you would rather draw it

What cards let you know the card on top of your stack? Motivation, obviously. If had just Test Run a program, then you know that it's sitting on your stack waiting. If you were just hit with Hellion Alpha Test or Sherlock 1.0, then you know what's sitting on top of your stack. If you get hit with a Data Hound, then you don't know your next draw...but you can be pretty sure that the corp wouldn't give you what you really need, so maybe the bottom is better.

If you know the top card, why wouldn't you want to draw it? Maybe you're running an event economy build, and you need to find your Sure Gambles before you can afford to play the program that was just Test Run or Sherlock'd. Maybe you really are looking for that Account Siphon and Motivation tells you that the top card isn't one. But I think the most likely use is that you Test Run a Torch to the top of your deck, and then draw from the bottom until you find Eureka! to drop it for free.

On the flip side, what lets you know the bottom card of your deck? Mr. Li only gives you half of your cards; Window lets you take back the other half. Will-o'-the-Wisp is much less painful when you can just draw your breaker back again.

Angel Arena deserves a special mention; like Mr. Li, it provides card filtering, but doesn't take clicks, doesn't draw you cards on its own, and lets you leave a card on top if you'd prefer. With the Arena and Window, you might actually want to put a good card on the bottom of your stack to bank it for later, knowing you can Window at any time to draw it back. Of course, you could have just left it on top, drawn it normally, and then just kept it in your grip...

This card isn't completely useless in every situation...only most situations, and requires some extremely specific support to be of any use whatsoever. It's worth playing, but only for the confusion on the other player's face while they try to figure out why you are running this waste of cardboard.

(Order and Chaos era)
It also makes their Power Shutdowns on your console/Plascrete worse! —
Since Li made it through rotation, I've been using the Li/Window combo more and more and I have to say, I really like it. It's no replacement for Diesel and other 'fast draw' solutions, but as an ongoing replacement for normal 1-click, 1-draw, I find it really strong for anytime I may draw twice in a turn. —
This analysis makes a good point on banking a card at the bottom but then immediately discounts the value. Having a good card on the top of your stack or in your grip is very dangerous, as there's the possibility of having damage knock it out of your hand or milling knocking it off your deck. —