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Type: Program: Icebreaker - Killer
Cost: 3 Memory Units: 1
Faction: Runner Shaper
Faction Cost: 1
1 [Credits]: Break sentry subroutine.
2 [Credits]: +1 strength for the remainder of this run.
Strength: 1
Set: Core Number: 046 Quantity: 2
Illustrator: Matthew Zeilinger
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I'm starting to give this card a second look. The strength sticking around until the end of the run makes it better than Ninja in most cases where there are two or more sentries on a single server, and my local meta likes stacking up lots of icebreakers. Plus, with 2-3 Personal Touches, it breaks some of the mid-level Ice (Data Raven, Ichi, etc) cheaper than Ninja with the same amount of Personal Touches.
I think using "Tinkering" with this card makes it awesome.

I think using "Tinkering" with this card makes it awesome.

Could you say why?
Seems straightforward why tinkering is useful, but I wouldn't say it makes it awesome. Tinker a barrier, then you can buff this once to get through that barrier AND all sentries. Pretty long odds combo though, which you could, say, tinker a sentry and then use snowball or gordian for a similar effect but cheaper.
That's what I was thinking. Gordian Blade is much superior for using Tinkering.

I'm definitely not as gaga for this card as I am for Inti, but I do run it sometimes.

I was thinking of including Dagger as a poor version of Mimic (to break Rototurrets etc) but I realized that Pipeline was often better than Dagger. Same cost, same base strength, keeps its strength throughout the run.

It breaks Swordsman for four and Katana for five. That's OK.

It breaks Swordsman for four and Katana for five. That's OK.


Neural Katana for 5? Yuck. Mimic does it for 1, costs the same to get out, and splashes for 1 into the tutor-heavy Shapers.


Even Creeper or Femme will get through for 3. It's hard to do worse than 5 for Neural Katana. It's probably better to walk through it and take the damage at that point.


What happens when an Archer pops up? 14? Well, at least one of the programs that gets trashed might be Pipeline ;P

    • KillerShrike likes this
Jul 23 2015 10:12 AM

The only place for this program are shaper decks in which you have spent all your influence already. It's really that bad. With some shaper modifications (Net-Ready Eyes, The Personal Touch, etc.) it might be ok somehow. If you have enough spare influence however, take Ninja or Cuj.0

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Jul 23 2015 07:31 PM
LLDS and London Library? Lot of effort though.
Jul 24 2015 03:05 PM

I ran it in a first iteration of Nasir due to its persistent strength, but it got replaced by cloak + dagger pretty quickly. If it were $1 to install or base strength of 2 it might see occasional play as it would still get you past gear check ice for a reasonable cost and be able to get past mid-range ice in a pinch. But at $3 and strength 1 it's just not really playable compared to better options and hasn't been for a long time.

    • Meadbeard likes this

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