and don't forget about Mirror Image, many players run KFC these days. without MI there's no reason to jump through deckbuilding hoops to play any of the various KFC clones...
please, just restore
to Defend Homeworld. this weird crusade to eliminate
cards brings all the old abusive and semi-abusive stuff back, while also taking non-abusive options away from deck builders.
if you really want to eliminate the *need* to play
cards, you need to introduce alternative counters for all the abusive stuff *first*! then, after all the major issues are covered in a different way, you can evaluate whether the
cards are still desirable.
... though i suspect that would still leave many niche interactions that can't reasonably be handled without
mechanic is good because it allows niche counters to be played without significant cost. remember how White Deprivation used to be a rule, but was offloaded onto a
card? how would White Deprivation ever happen without the
mechanic (or being turned back into a rule)? that card does not have enough room to errata in another incentive for playing it! and non-
situational counters are never played! (remember The Wake of the Borg? nobody plays it anymore, except for all the people running illegal decks because they forgot to remove it from their QTCW.)
personally, i've always liked the
mechanic, and i'd also like to see new
cards made, for example:
something to fight Computer Crash (maybe a card that gets *one* download through on *your* turn? it should clearly not be as cheap and powerful as QIR, but could save *that* seed slot?)
something to fight two-mission wins?
come to think of it, maybe something to punish or limit Blade of Tkon?