Server Diagnostics

Server Diagnostics 3[credit]

Trash: 2
Influence: 0

Gain 2[credit] when your turn begins.

Trash Server Diagnostics when you install a piece of ice.

"There's only a 5% chance this could result in a general failure."
Illustrated by Anders Finer
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Now we're playing with fire. If there was any card to advertise a shell game, it'd be this one, and two credits is nothing to be sniffed at when it's combined with other forms of drip economy, such as Adonis Campaign or PAD Campaign. I'm not a fan of the card's flavour, how exactly is the corp raking good money from diagnosing their servers? Either way, a rez cost of 3 is respectably, but a trash cost of 2 is painful, so you'll need to protect...oh wait, you can't. Nothing stops you setting up the server beforehand, but I think your focus is all wrong. Consider this in Near-Earth Hub: Broadcast Center or Industrial Genomics: Growing Solutions, both with capacities to win without ICE.

(Data and Destiny era)
I think the flavour is in efficiency dividends. The corp has a huge amount of general credit throughput going on in the background, and Server Diagnostics reduces costs allowing the corp to cream off some savings over time. It's not PERFECT, but it makes some sense at least (particularly since Restructure follows similar logic). —

Dripping economy is quite a thing for Corps, that’s why you see PAD, Adonis and Launch Campaign in many decks. Servers Diagnostics offers a pretty good one, with 2 per turn, as long as it stay on the table.

And there stands the problem. At least, the ice installation prerogative can be manageable in some type on deck. But 3 to rez and 2 to trash, seriously… Can it stay on the table long enough to break even ?

Glacier deck who want to use it as short lifespan money asset in their scoring server will frown if they can’t install an ice for 2 turns. Asset spamming deck that can live with thinner protection will have hard time to keep it on the table, and have anyway more resilient dripping econ asset.

So well, players seems to be less optimistic about this one than the flavour text. Nice illustration, though.

(Data and Destiny era)
It could work in IG, I see a number of deck lists for it that run very few ice. —
Combining this with Encryption Protocol could help, but that's a lot of deck slots. I could also see rushing out agendas behind a Hive, then installing SD later on in that server and relying on Biotic Labor to score from hand. —