Have we spoken about the pressure valves in Netrunner before? I feel like we haven’t.
One of the things I like about the meta is the way cards like E3 Feedback Implants exist to ensure cyclicality.
(Interjection: in case it isn’t clear, the wonderful thing about E3FI is that it lets you break through any bioroid for a click and a credit or two, making it almost perfect against a bioroid deck – but against a non-bioroid deck, it’s nearly useless, since most breakers let you pay one credit to break a subroutine anyway)
Suppose Fantasy Flight fucked up, and released a bioroid that was just absurdly overpowered, or even something that made all bioroids better. (Maybe Stronger Together was +5 strength to bioroids, for instance). Suddenly, every corp is running a bioroid-heavy deck.
And then, just as suddenly, every runner is running an E3 deck. So the corps without bioroids have an edge. So the runners without E3 have an edge. So the corps with bioroids have an edge…
The whole thing stays in a sort of metastability, with the pressure valve ensuring that the dominant card doesn’t completely subsume the meta. And then, eventually, new cards are released, and everything changes once again.