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Type: Program: Icebreaker - Killer
Cost: 7 Memory Units: 2
Faction: Runner Criminal
Faction Cost: 3
1 [Credits]: Break sentry subroutine.
1 [Credits]: +1 strength.
Strength: 2
Set: True Colors Number: 065 Quantity: 3
Illustrator: Zefanya Maega
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7 cred, 2MU? Can't find decent way do use this. Femme all the way.
    • trevaur likes this
host this on dinosaur and you're invincible to all Sentry ices!!
2MU is unacceptable, better is even Ninja
You've got the same MU and a lower credit cost to run Cloak and Dagger. Ninja is cheaper on the install and the breaking. It might work in a Shaper deck, with Dinosaurus and a Workshop, but Mimic could do the trick better. But Faerie will do you best when you can't bring Femme to bear.
    • Bronze likes this
Jan 18 2014 11:38 AM
Will not play it in criminal but I think its a viable shaper option.
Best, most efficient Killer in the game by far. Ironically it would probably not be played in Criminals, as they have Faeries and Femme Fatale. This would be an excellet addition to any rig-building Shaper though.
Shaper's already have...
Jan 26 2014 05:22 AM
Maybe if this was 1MU or 2 influence it'd see a lot more play. At 3 influence, I'd rather splash Faerie in my Clone Chip shaper decks.

Maybe if this was 1MU or 2 influence it'd see a lot more play. At 3 influence, I'd rather splash Faerie in my Clone Chip shaper decks.

Faerie is lovely for Exile, but I'd rather have Garotte for a big rig Chaos Theory/Kate deck.
The thing with this card is that it's really easy to use. It is never the best option, but inexperienced players will use it because other options are more difficult to use optimally and they don't want to have to work it out. They know that if they get this into play it will always be decent against any sentry they find.
It's definately an amazing sentry breaker. All that has to be accounted for is extra MU within the deck that you are integrating it with. Not all that hard really, as normally you will be including a piece of hardware to increase that value already and if the rest of the breakers require only 1 MU, you will be just fine in most games. Unless your deck design has alternate MU consumer programs in it. But usually those programs are just temporary programs in my viewpoint when playing.
    • AdorablePython likes this
Run this in Shaper. Install a cheaper killer first, like Mimic or Ninja, and then Scavenge your way up to it. You don't even need to keep it your hand: you can pay for it by trashing it with a Freelance Coding Contract, and then recursion it into play via Scavenge or Clone Chip.

I'm having some success with the Professor, using this strategy to build up to Garrote, Torch, and Morningstar while still being able to run with little 'breakers. I'm willing to bet Kate or Chaos could make this work even better.
Apr 28 2015 03:48 PM

Back when this released, I was very "meh" on it. 2MU was a very big deal at the time, and the highish install cost was the nail in the coffin.


Criminal has a lot of good ways to beat sentries, though not all of them are consistent and some of them require multiple cards to pull off. Out of faction, the influence cost is too high to casually include this. So, it lived in the binder.


But, what's been happening is that with each new set published more good cards hit the scene, and at least for me card slots has become the most precious resource available. Additionally the game has sped up, and the variety of ice encountered has gotten much larger. The economy has also opened up a bit.


So, now, a single tutorable card that only takes up two card slots in my deck and can brawl with any sentry in the game with reasonable efficiency and doesn't trash or run out of counters or otherwise require some juggling to make use of is a lot more attractive.


Subsequently, I found myself swapping out more fiddly sentry solvers in favor of Garrote in a couple of Criminal decks, freeing up card slots in the process.


I hate the tempo hit to get it on the board, but I've never been sad about it once it's installed. If a more tempo friendly alternative* debuts I'll gladly relegate Garrote to the binder again, but in the meantime the stock of this card has risen for me.


*For instance, a Study Guide equivalent.

    • Meadbeard and AdorablePython like this
Aug 28 2015 02:28 PM

I don't think the install cost is that unreasonably high. It pays off really quickly and you always have the option to put it into play with Modded, costing only 4 credits. Which is an auto-include in Andromeda decks, for me at least, anyway. It's an efficient way to reduce your large starting hand, so you don't have to discard anything. The 2 memory is no big deal in criminal decks, I think. Memory is far more valuable in Anarch and Shaper.

    • Meadbeard and KillerShrike like this

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