Eli is a twat, there's no doubt. 3-rez cost for Str 4 and two subroutines? Stick two of them on a central and its really costly to get through (hello Foundry). Only 1pt splash as well?
I don't find him as irritating as SanSan (too high trash cost) in the same faction as Astro, but he's easily spashable there.
When I've used him the problems I've normally seen are Str 4 Atman related (Viper, Ichi 1.0, Lotus Field and a host of other ICE suddenly become very porous) and with datasucker in the mix...
Also as early defence he's weak against someone willing to click to score the Account Siphon.
Largely I've been playing Noise (although I'm hipster and trying to change it up since loads of mainstreamers are on it after cache came out
), so Parasite/Datasucker has been the answer. He's not easy to kill with the high strength, but generally so painful its worth the effort.
In other news Biotic Labour is one of the cards that depresses me. I really liked HB from the start, but the focus on a fast advance strategy has often left me cold on the faction.
Account Siphon is just a funker. Indexing often seems rough, but it fairly well balanced, AS just seems that little bit too good on balance.
Desperado should arguably cost a bit more.
On the whole, its the Fast Advance stuff that I think peeves me about the game. A lot of tournament games I've had against HB Ending The Fun and various NBN all came down to luck of the draw and who'll see the agendas first? Did the ice breakers come out in the right order for the ice?
Most other decks have strategy and good or bad match ups but FA takes a lot of fun and skill out of Netrunner and turns it more into a lottery of which cards come up first - not completely that way, but more so than I like.