I love you Lily (sorry Kati)
When you rez Lily Lockwell, draw 3 cards.
click, remove 1 tag: Search R&D for an operation, reveal it, and shuffle the rest of R&D. Add the operation to the top of R&D.
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I love you Lily (sorry Kati)
An interesting tutor effect from the new "tags-as-currency" design space (see also Keegan Lane), as part of a tagstorm deck Lily could allow you to spend a whole turn (tutor-draw-play) to find the most punishing tool from your arsenal (Bad Times/Big Brother/Closed Accounts/Freelancer/The All-Seeing I)
For a slower pace, she lets you search up your Psychographics or other key operations for a big move the next turn. Optional jank synergy is when you already have Accelerated Diagnostics in hand, you can guarantee top-decking 24/7 News Cycle to recharge your AstroScript without paying the additional cost.
At worst she's an Anonymous Tip for 2 credits with the option that you can postpone the draw, until the runner checks your remotes. With the added niché role in protecting R&D for a turn if you haven't been able to land more than 1 tag (outside of Eddie or Imp).
I started running a midseason tagstorm deck that has the top priority to land as many tags on the runner as possible to then later scorch, psychobeale, or use information overload to destroy their rig. In this deck, she is amazing as I can pull up whatever operation I need at that moment.
Just draw Beale after a tagstorm and have a pile of credits? Tutor up a psychographics for the win. Playing Sol and not finding a current? Runner end their turn open to a kill? Scorch. Broke? Pull up sweeps week or hedge fund. Runner tagged and a bit too Rich? Closed accounts. The ability to draw the best operation to play at the moment is exceptionally powerful and I cannot overstate how good that effect is.
Also, drawing 3 cards on rez is a helpful, but most certainly ancillary benefit. Plan you deck to use the tutor ability and view the 3 cards as a bonus.
We need more characters in the game that are featured in the books. As I read the books, I enjoy looking up the character's names to see if there are cards related to them, and I was rather dismayed to find so few thus far.
Sadly for this character, this asset is never used. Especially that now (in Q2 2023), we have Spin Doctor, that draws 2 cards AT NO COST and can even bring them back from archive. So, paying 2 to get 3 cards could be good, but the second benefit is near useless.
Let's state the obvious : most runner will not trash this asset. The benefit it gives for the cost is probably not worth paying 3 to trash it. Of course, if you are René "Loup" Arcemont: Party Animal, then it is a different story.
To use the second ability in a sure fire way to kill the runner (using one BOOM! or two End of the Line), it will need to be used after Hard-Hitting News. In that instance, taking away a tag will not do anything if the runner kept the 4 tags. But that is a difficult proposition.
But this is a nombo with single tag strategy. There is not much advantage to take away the single tag of the runner (sparing the running a and 2) to get an operation that does not need a tag to function.
Great graphic. Great character. Good quote. A job well done.