Above the Law

Above the Law 3/2

Agenda: Security

When you score this agenda, you may trash 1 installed resource.

Limit 1 per deck.

We are judge, jury, and executioner.
Illustrated by Seojun Park
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Whee, a 3/2 agenda! Let's be honest. This card could be blank, and it would be in many decks, because 3/2 agendas are valuable and easy to score.

But it's not blank! It's Weyland's unique 3/2. Time to start trashing the runner's stuff! ...Except ... why does it feel so familiar....?

Let's talk about Character Assassination for a minute. Since it does nearly the same thing, it's probably a good point of reference. It was never really a popular agenda, partly because it was printed, at a time where it competed for agenda slots with the best agenda in the game. And also Project Beale, which was also no slouch. But even without the competition, Character Assassination was ... not great. (I should know! I tried to make janky decks around it!)

Part of the problem was the meta - This was back when one entire faction had some major incentive to build around the possibility of having to float tags. Which meant, they often avoided playing trashable resources. But the big, underlying problem with Character Assassination is that 4/2s are awkward to score, and there is no guarantee that the runner will have anything that you want to trash.

Above the Law fixes one of those problems - 3/2s are considerably easier to score out than 4/2s. The other problem is still there though - there is not always anything good to blow up when you're ready to score. Sure, sometimes you live the dream and nuke a Professional Contacts or mostly-full Liberated Account or something. But it's equally possible that the best you can do is nuke their Smartware Distributor or something.

Now don't get me wrong - even nuking a 0-cost resource still means that you basically set the runner back by 2 worth of tempo, from the draw and install! That's not bad!

But the fact that it's limit one-per deck means that there are now two strikes against it - you might not even get to draw it, and when you do, there is still a real chance that it might do literally nothing. I think Weyland kind of got the raw end of the stick on this one, when compared to the other corps' unique 3/2s - Luminal Transubstantiation, Longevity Serum, and Tomorrow's Headline are all basically guaranteed to do something useful. None of them can fizzle in the same way as Above the Law. (Arguably Tomorrow's Headline might not be useful if the runner never wants to install a resource again, and you have no tag punishment, but I think it's still a more reliable effect.)

So yeah. That's my review. The effect can be strong, but it's also really inconsistent, and in ways that you, as the corp, don't have complete control over. But whatever else, it's still another 3/2, so if you already have three Project Atlas in your deck, and you want a fourth 3/2, (which is not an unreasonable thing to want) then this is probably your card?

(System Update 2021 era)
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