Tiered Subscription is one of 3 new advertisements in Downfall and at first glance, it looks quite attractive (even outside of Spark) with its strong rez/trash numbers. It’s definitely the strongest of the 0 instant-rez advertisements and that’s quite a big deal as Spark when you can drain credits turn 1 without ever losing initial tempo. Its 3 trash cost isn’t too bad either and is on-par with the other commonly played advertisements/campaigns.

However, in testing I found Tiered Sub alone does not always do enough for you. Tiered Sub’s true use is being an additional supplement to other must-trash assets. Without the latter on the board, the Runner can often ignore runs altogether until they are fully set up, leaving you creditless turn-after-turn while you were wishing you had an installed PAD Campaign instead. In that regard though, Tiered Sub can really find a home in horizontal decks who constantly require the Runner to run and interact with the must-trash assets. At 1 influence, it could be widely splashable anywhere.

What about the alternatives like Paywall Implementation or Sundew? Paywall is in most cases likely to make you more money but is 1 more influence and takes up your current slot while Tiered Sub could combo with ELP or Service Outage. Sundew is a stronger way to force the Runner’s decision-making and is the superior option in RP but is pricier in influence and isn’t in-the-black 99% of the times that Tiered Sub is.

In conclusion, you want to use Tiered Sub to put the Runner into a lose-lose situation. If they run and trash/steal your stuff, Tiered Sub makes you money; if they don’t, you steamroll them with your other tempo assets.

I agree it is best when you combine it with a must trash asset. It is very good to run with Jeeves and MCA, especially since in spark you will have three Marilyn already. It is also really good vs run-heavy criminal. —

NISEI rarely prints strict upgrades to previously-printed cards but that’s what Bukhgalter feels like to the now-rotated Garrote… wait a minute, haven’t I published this review before?

Jokes aside, the two criminal Killers have the exact same paid abilities that are so rare and elusive: "1: Break 1 sub" and 1: +1 strength". But that’s where the similarities end as Bukhgalter is 4 cheaper, 1 less , and pays you money for using it while Garrote gets 1 additional strength. I think the winner between the two is obvious.

Now I can already hear you saying, “Cherries, this card is OP!” Let’s take a look:

MKUltra is better vs:

Mongoose is better vs:

Na'Not'K (3 str) is better vs:

  • Surveyor (2 str*), Nebula *, Assassin *, Anansi *, all 3 str ice, all 2 str ice *

Na’Not’K (4 str) is better vs:

  • Surveyor (2 str*, 4 str, 6 str, 8 str*), Orion *, Archer, Trebuchet, Nebula *, Assassin *, Anansi *, all 3 and 4 str ice, all 2 str ice *

*Bukhgalter is better vs. these ice if it is the first piece of ice that it breaks all subs on

Ignoring the obvious offender Na’Not’K, that is not a lot of ice. Most of the ice listed above are also asterisk-marked. Does this comparison even matter though? At 4 influence, Shapers will gladly stick to their star pupil and Anarchs to theirs. But you best believe, Criminals now have their own Killer worthy of the icebreaker spotlight. If you’re running in blue, there is little reason to run anything else.

P.S. Thank you NISEI for a powerful blue card that is not under-influenced. I look forward to future sets!

Definitely agree--it's nice to finally see the Killer faction actually get... well a good Killer. Anarch has always had Corroder and Shaper Gordian--Crims had... arguably Femme, but more often than not at 1 Inf it was just imported into other factions more often than actually being useful in Crim. Finally Crims own the "basic, all-around good killer" breaker. —

Many cards get touted as Hedge Funds #4 – 6 and this card just gets added to that list. At 1 influence, it will see play anywhere, including the mini-factions, and is a great way to turn off a pesky resource that has overstayed its welcome such as Drug Dealer, Stim Dealer, Lewi Guilherme, or even Always Be Running. This card can also work on any normal self-trashable resource such as Crowdfunding, Armitage Codebusting, or Daily Casts. For that reason, Isolation won’t see much play in decks that already run Aesop's.

For the most part, Isolation is definitely a vanilla economy card – and that’s OK. Remember to factor in the install cost of the resource trashed. You wouldn't want to find yourself having played a crappy Lucky Find.

Most importantly though, can we take a moment to appreciate the flavour of this card? What happened to Hoshiko? Have they always been alone? Did they murder someone close to them to get these hard-earned credits? Are they now suffering from the guilt and burden of – no? Oh, okay.

Crowdfunding costs 0 and is a clickless install most of the time —
Thank you, I have it included. —

When you think of Weyland 5/3’s, they’re often very specialized and require building around:

High-Risk Investment barely sees play outside of Titan and Hollywood Renovation the same treatment outside of SSO. City Works Project generally does not require being built around and synergizes well with common green cards Punitive Counterstrike and Dedication Ceremony but it does have the Public subtype downside and is blank in centrals.

So for a Weyland 5/3 to see play alongside GFI and SSL, what will it need?

• On-score/on-steal ability like SSL? Check.

• No influence or unicorn unlike GFI? Check.

• Throwback to now-rotated flavourful Weyland card? Check.

SDS Drone Deployment is nasty and is the program-trashing Weyland card that might keep runners honest again. Sure Clone Chip is back in full force and yes, the conspiracy breakers are everywhere but icebreakers are bigger and more expensive than ever these days.

Unfortunately, SDS has one big weakness and that is on-steal, it allows the Runner to choose which program to trash. Whether that be a Rezeki, a Datasucker, or maybe even a Bankroll, the flexibility is huge and I wish this had specified “icebreaker” instead.

Overall, I don’t see this agenda seeing too much play over SSL or GFI. It’s just as weak to Film Critic or Whistleblower, provides flexibility to the Runner, and it has additional hate in popular cards Clone Chip, Dummy Box (on-score), or the conspiracy breakers. It’s disappointing that this is the case though as this card screams Weyland.

Beong —
Being able to choose the program yourself is still enough to see some play in rushy decks. Maybe the outfit? But I mostly agree with you. —
Yeah, it's a zero-sum game for agendas. You can only slot SDS by removing your current 5/3 so I'm not even sure rush decks would give up GFI. If Skorp were still around... —
SDS has potential to pull ahead of Food in two very important respects: first, it is not restricted, so if you want Surveyor you can't also have Food, and second, it actually rewards you for scoring it. SDS is competing with SSL Endorsement though given that it too has those advantages over Food. —

CSR Campaign is the first known Advertisement that doesn’t directly print money for the Corp. Instead, it can be compared to Illegal Arms Factory in that it helps speed up rush decks (such as green Supermodernism decks). Unlike IAF though, CSR has a few distinct differences:

• It’s free of bad publicity and cheaper to rez but a trash cost that is 4 lower than IAF.

• It has a “may” clause allowing you to choose and pick when you want to trigger it.

• It’s an advertisement (Spark / Ad Blitz come to mind first)

• Zero influence!

What’s the one thing holding CSR back? That measly trash cost of 2. If you’re playing this, you need to find a way to keep it around long enough for it to make a difference – either using your ID ability (IG / CtM), some support cards (Hostile Infrastructure), or by placing it in your scoring remote.

Clickless draw can be very beneficial for Corps that can take full advantage of it and downright frightening for those who cannot. If you plan to play this, make the most of it using high-powered operations, Jinja City Grid, or other draw filters.

I'd place this in my Jinja scoring remote in 6 card Azmari. The deck is strong but requires tempo. Drawing into agendas with clicks is bad, since you want to iaa. This is perfect for thar. —
One thing I missed is that DBS will not work with CSR unless you somehow forego your mandatory draw. Will edit my review accordingly. —
So, technically speaking this does work with Daily Business Show (because start-of-turn triggers are before mandatory draw), but the effect is pretty much the same? You'll still just DBS on the first draw. —