Ibrahim Salem

♦ Ibrahim Salem 2[credit]

Asset: Alliance - Character
Trash: 5
Influence: 3

This card costs 0 influence if you have 6 or more non-alliance [nbn] cards in your deck.

As an additional cost to rez Ibrahim Salem, forfeit an agenda.

When your turn begins, name a card type. Look at the Runner's grip and trash 1 card in it of the named type.

Illustrated by Jessada Sutthi
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Fear the Masses (ftm)

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  • Updated 2024-06-06

    UFAQ [Damon Stone]

    What happens if the Corp no longer has enough cards in their deck to satisfy the Alliance requirement for a card due to cards being removed from the game?

    Nothing happens. Just like with Cerebral Static against The Professor, the deck building aspect of a card only matters during deck building and not during the game.

  • Updated 2024-06-06

    NSG [NSG Rules Team Update]

    If the Runner accesses an Alliance card from HQ, is the Corp required to tell the Runner how much influence that card is worth in their deck? What about if the Runner accesses an Alliance card from R&D?

    No. It is assumed that the Corp's deck is legal.

    Updated (2024.06).


In the current Rumor Mill meta, Ibrahim Salem is hilarious as the one unique asset that has an additional rez cost. Rez him without forefitting an agenda, then score a Breaking News or start up a new current. Hope they can trash him or play a new current!

Destroy their economy, destroy their ability to get into the server, then start scoring out!

Have you considered comboing with Blacklist? Use those, Wraparound, and Jackson Howard to hit the alliance requirement and suddenly Ibrahim can start showing up in all sorts of wacky corporations.

EDIT: For a short while, the Rumor Mill play was ruled incorrect. Now it's back to correct again. Thanks, Damon!

(Blood Money era)
Of course you do have to score an agenda or play a current to make him work again. —
Of course! That's why I love 2/1's like Breaking News. Salem is pretty scary in fast advance/rush. —
Actually, it he will benefit: https://twitter.com/ilogos/status/788400782152441857 —
Yep, that updated ruling just came out yesterday. Didn't update my review fast enough! —

Incredibly powerful effect for a pretty steep cost. Combos well with Salem's Hospitality: rez this when your turn starts, see the problematic pieces they hold, then show 'em a little kindness and ruin the runner's best laid plans.

It's downside, like all assets that require agenda forfeiting, is, well, that thing I just said. It's an asset that requires a pretty steep buy-in, and while 5 creds is a substantial demand to trash from (almost) any runner, as soon as this thing is rezzed, it's the runner's priority 1 target. If this thing is in your deck, absolutely make sure you have some ice or an identity that keeps it around as long as possible.

Or you could just put this and Corporate Town into a Custom Biotics: Engineered for Success deck, use Eliza's Toybox (maybe throw in some Domestic Sleepers for good measure), and go hog wild. Probably won't work too well, but the look on the runner's face as their world comes crumbling down will be beautiful.

(Fear the Masses era)