Modded is an awesome accelerator, far too often undervalued.
Modded installs a piece of your RIG with a cost reduction of 3 creds. This means that you earn 3 credits and you install something at the same time.
Let's see when you might use this card:
The early game is where modded shines the brightest. The credits reduction at the beginning of the game (on a breaker - Gordian Blade, Snowball, Mimic or on Magnum Opus) is actually far more precious as they have more value than end-game credits. Indeed, having more credits early game gives you a stronger position mid-to-late game. Think of it as an investment rewarding you with compound interests. Besides, it might gives you the slight push you need to have a few lucky access on R&D and HQ while the corp stabilizes.
Mid to late game
Further in the game, modded is arguably less useful, unless you built your deck with Modded in mind:
- If you added HQ Interface or R&D Interface, you have perfect targets for Modded
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- Other good targets for a late game Modded are a 2nd/3rd Atman (outside of Kate), Nerve Agent, Medium.
Although Modded is an awesome card (see above), it is not often imported in criminal or anarch decks, as it costs 2 influence points for an economy cards. There are several cases where you might want to import it though:
- If you play Anarch with either Wyldside or Duggar's (with Joshua B. to get a 5th click and not waste too many drawn cards)
- If you play Andromeda and you still want to reliably run first turn (modding a desperado turn 1 in Andy is pretty sweet).
Flavor In the picture, you can see a runner likely to be Kate "Mac" McCaffrey, installing Magnum Opus on her Rig. On the background, a skyline of buildings can be seen. If it is truly Kate on the picture, then the city might very well be New Angeles (see New Angeles City Hall flavor text). You may also notice two books on the far side of the desk, which means that Amazon has yet to digitalize the whole sum of human knowledge in the Android universe.
The flavor text provides a nice explanation to how the cards work and why Modded is truly a Shaper card: no off-the-shelf hardware or program here, but a creation designed and developed with fondness and love.