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Zed 1.0

Zed 1.0

Zed 1.0

Type: ICE: Sentry - Bioroid - AP
Cost: 2
Faction: Corp Haas-Bioroid
Faction Cost: 2
The Runner can spend [Click] to break any subroutine on Zed 1.0.
[Subroutine] If the Runner has spent at least 1 [Click] to break a subroutine during this run, do 1 brain damage.
[Subroutine] If the Runner has spent at least 1 [Click] to break a subroutine during this run, do 1 brain damage.
Strength: 1
Set: Creation and Control Number: 020 Quantity: 3
Illustrator: Daniel Alanasov
Recent Decks Using This Card:
Haas brain dmg
Is this deck's Influence legal? Help!
HB ETF: Scorched Brains
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Cheap, situational bioroid ICE. Looks good for a Stronger Together / brain-damage HB deck.

Needs to be placed behind another bioroid ICE for effect.

The mere existence of this card will make it a scary proposition for the runner to click past a bioroid if there is another unrezzed ICE behind it.
This ice has some serious timing issues. I don't really like it to be honest.
I don't see those timing issues yet. The only one i see is
"does breaking one of it's subroutines triggering the of the other one"
the answer is yes, as first routines are broken, then not broken are applied.
And doesn't matter, as you wont be breaking first if you can let both trigger with no effect.
I don't see other problems, care to elaborate?

I like the ICE as it's cheap and potentially dangerous to runner. But it's very hard to use and easy to break so it's not too strong. But its not Burke bugs or Tyrant that's hopeless and you can see it without any tests.
I don't mean timing issues in a ruling sense. It's about actually playing this and get use out of it.

This is one of those ice that would only hit once. You need to install if first, then install another Bioroid over it and then the runner has to break the other bioroid with clicks.
It's true value most of the time would be that the runner possibly won't break the other bioroid with his clicks, but I am not sure if I'm willing to give up any deckspace for that, especially sine you'd have to run multiples to consistently getting it early enough.
Plus it is easy to break late game and hard to replace since something will probably be in front of it.
Even worse, if a runner facechecks ICE and has to spend clicks to get out of trouble, it's unlikely he's going to continue to a 2nd unrezzed ICE. Not seeing this combo ever actually being able to work. Love the shoutout to Dr. Zed of the Borderlands games though. A change in verb tense would have made it playable, such as "if the runner spends or has spent at least 1 [click] to break a subroutine during this run, do 1 brain damage." Then it could be an outer ICE and have some possible utility.
a runner has to be pretty reckless to approach an unrezzed Ice without a Sentry Breaker and three credits, or without at least two free clicks - especially going up against HB.

so situational it is crazy, and probably useless.
Yeah, the only ways I can see so far of getting this off is either off of an Awakening Centre when the Runner's on a hail-mary run, or Troubleshoot-rezzing him after the Runner has click-breaked a previous Bioroid.

Or could he be Troubleshot when coming off an Awakening Centre..?
Jul 25 2013 08:08 PM
He's definitely situational, but I'd love to see him come off an Awakening Center when the Runner is depending on Ninja to save the day. 5 credits to break him is annoying, if not devastating. Of course, if the Runner hits an Awakening Center server, they're probably expecting to see Heimdall or Janus anyway, so 5 credits may not be a big deal.
His flavor text cracks me up, though.

His flavor text cracks me up, though.

Yeah, that's probably the actual purpose of this card.
"Well guys, we need one more card in CnC and it can't be too good since it's a corp card we are talking about. I really like Borderlands though, so... LET'S DO IT!"
It's funnier never having played borderlands. The notion of an A.I. encountering a biological brain for the first time and finding it alien and inscrutable just tickles me.
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You could always drop him after a Howler card. Sure, there are bigger and scarier ICE to use Howler for, but it does slide the new ICE right behind the old ones...
Decent Surprise ICE if you can keep it in play long enough to use. I suggest using this and Awakening Center for a great combo and honestly it may be the best way to use this card.

It's funnier never having played borderlands. The notion of an A.I. encountering a biological brain for the first time and finding it alien and inscrutable just tickles me.


Always go to the source:


"Oh, there's a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat! That's what I've been trying to tell you."

"So ... what does the thinking?"

"You're not understanding, are you? You're refusing to deal with what I'm telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat."

"Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!"

"Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal!  Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?"

"Omigod. You're serious then. They're made out of meat."


-- Terry Bisson, They're Made out of Meat (1990)

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Hmmm, Port Anson Grid and Batty make this almost playable in an HB brain damage deck.  Batty is pretty much an auto-include in that deck anyway, so we will just have to see if people can find the room for PAG and Zed and pray the runner clicks past some ICE.  Still pretty much a one shot deal, but might be able to open up a scoring window while the runner scrambles for a killer on your scoring server.

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