So far, I’ve been playing this card out of Azmari EdTech: Shaping the Future and it is making me a lot of money. I also see potential synergy with Gagarin Deep Space: Expanding the Horizon using must-trash assets. Here are some popular cards that I love seeing on the Runner side and how much they might make you:
Cards to Profit off of:
Street Peddler / Imp (3-4)
Chop Bot 3000 / Scrubber (many)
Common Self-Trashing Resources:
Apocalypse/Prey/Heartbeat/Endless Hunger/Harbinger (Apex-many)
Independent Thinking/Neutralize All Threats (Adam-many)
Even popular corp cards like MCA Informant, the Fairchild suite, and Bulwark, which make the runner trash their own stuff, will help trigger Death and Taxes.
The runner can immediately play a current from hand or go on a deep dig for an agenda, leaving you with a 2 loss
The card ironically doesn’t tax the runner like Scarcity does so a runner in a losing position won’t be affected
Conversely, a corp in a losing position can’t use this card to recover and would much rather prefer a traditional burst econ card
Border-line dead draw if found in the late game after the runner is fully set up
I won’t argue that Death and Taxes is as universally good as Paywall Implementation – profiting off of the runner’s most fundamental win condition (successful runs) will always be a strong ability. However, Death and Taxes can be good given the right build. Using Jua, Threat Assessment, and Degree Mill to force the runner to re-install their cards and then profiting from the recycling using TechnoCo and Death and Taxes feels deliciously evil and I implore you to try it out yourself.