ICE: Sentry - Tracer • Rez: 5 • Strength: • Influence: 2

X is twice the number of ice protecting this server.

subroutineTraceX– If successful, give the Runner 2 tags.

subroutineTraceX– If successful, end the run.

Weyland Consortium • Andreas Zafiratos • Kampala Ascendent 118
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  • Standard MWL 3.0 (active): Restricted
  • NAPD MWL 2.2: Restricted

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Anyone who’s played Caduceus enough can tell you full well how often an unpumped trace-2 ETR subroutine is unsuccessful if fired. Given that nowadays, many runners are packing link due to dangerous threats like Exhibit A or Exhibit B, that trace-2 ETR can end up costing the corp a lot more than they paid for. However, anyone who’s ever played Resistor can tell you how often their trace-4 ETR subroutine is successful (if not broken) and how valuable it is at a great rez cost.

My point is that Surveyor is valuable as soon as soon as you can get X = 4 (making Surveyor have ICE/trace strength of 4). This is because it immediately makes the (arguably) top 4 killers in the game very, very sad:

• Out-of-range for Mimic without support

• 5 creds for Na'Not'K (which will never have more base strength than Surveyor as long as X > 2)

• 5 creds for Mongoose

• 6 creds for MKUltra

This is pretty good at a 5 rez cost and letting both subs fire can be expensive to pay through (Power Tap builds aside) or game-ending. There is a catch, however – Surveyor needs support from an additional piece of ICE to get X = 4. Which makes Surveyor quite difficult to play early game since it’s got a huge upfront of having an additional ICE installed + its own rez cost of 5. The immediate synergy that comes to mind is pairing this bad boy with Jinja City Grid or other installation-support cards.

But what about when X > 4?

Mongoose is awkward since it only boosts cleanly to odd-number strengths while Surveyor will always be at even-number strengths. This means Mongoose will be saving 1 credit from its break subs ability but will be losing 1 credit from having to over-pump

Na'Not'K will always require at least one pump at its awkward 3-for-2 ability and will require one more pump for every additional pair of ICE on the server

MKUltra is in the same bin as Mongoose since it only pumps cleanly to odd-number strengths. It’ll require X/2 pumps to get past Surveyor and that really gets out of hand as soon as X = 6 or more

Mimic, git gud kid.


Cards like Surveyor are the finale in the Kitara cycle's plan to rejuvenate the Glacier archetype (although ICE destruction being back is a thing so maybe not). It's also an easy target to splash into other Glacier builds at its 2-influence cost. A good face-check ICE, a better taxer as soon as you can make X >= 4 but one that should not be used for more rush-based play. Just don't let Security check on Surveyor.

(Kampala Ascendent era)
I may be misremembering, but didn't the recent interview with Damon make clear that he is responsible for everything until the end of this cycle? Meaning Boggs had nothing to do with this... —
I’m not sure about your understanding of the X. X = [number of ice] x 2. So Surveyor’s X is 2 by default, and an additional piece of ice on the server would make its X = 4. I’m pretty sure everywhere you said “X = 2” (“Surveyor needs support fromyou mean X = 4 —
Accidentally hit post before finished editing :\ —
Ah good point. Will edit. —