♦ Gebrselassie 1[credit]

Hardware: Mod
Influence: 4

[click]: Host this hardware on an installed non-AI icebreaker.

Abilities that increase host icebreaker's strength last for the remainder of the turn (instead of any shorter duration).

Go for distance.
Illustrated by Martin de Diego Sádaba
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  • Updated 2018-05-07

    ANCUR UFAQ 23 [Michael Boggs]

    How exactly does Gebrselassie's ability affect the host icebreaker?

    Gebrselassie replaces any instance of an icebreaker resetting to base strength at the end of an encounter with resetting at the end of the turn. This includes the basic rule applied to any strength boost that does not specify a duration, as well as any strength boost that specifies the end of an encounter explicitly (such as Takobi). Gebrselassie does not have any effect on abilities that continuously modify strength (like Na'Not'K) or abilities that modify the strength of the host icebreaker for a different specified duration.

    So how does Gebrselassie interact with a card like Dean Lister?

    Gebrselassie has no interaction with Dean Lister. If the Runner chooses the icebreaker hosting Gebrselassie for Dean Lister's effect, then Dean Lister's effect remains (and is recalculated as necessary) until the end of that run, and any other normal strength boost are affected by Gebrselassie.

    For example, say Gebrselassie is hosted on a Paperclip and the Runner uses Dean Lister on the Paperclip with 5 cards in grip. The Runner must spend 2 to break through a Hadrian's Wall with the Paperclip. After the encounter with Hadrian's Wall, Paperclip remains at strength 8 - base strength of 1 + 5 strength from Dean Lister (until the end of the run) + 2 strength from its own ability (modified to last until the end of the turn instead of the end of the encounter). After the run ends, Paperclip returns to strength 3 - base strength of 1 + 2 strength from its own ability, but without the + 5 strength from Dean Lister because its duration has expired.

    What happens to the strength of the icebreaker hosting Gebrselassie if the Runner moves it onto another icebreaker after a run?

    The previous host immediately returns to its base strength.


This is such a big asset for Shaper. With this, any breaker become amazing. Even bad breaker become ok. Note that you can use only one on the board, so only one breaker will benefit from it.

It pairs especially well with Engolo. Letting you make run on anything much cheaper. With it, Engolo will sometime be better to use than the proper breaker, depending on ice placement. For example : you encounter a Code Gate and push Engolo to strenght 6. Next ice is a strong Barrier (strenght 6, 1 subs), it would cost you 3 cred to break with Engolo and 5 creds to break with Paperclip.

But, that is not all. If you find yourself against a corp that use a type a ice more than the rest (for exemple, the corp mainly use Sentries). Then, by putting Gebrselassie on the sentry breaker, you can then pass ices for much cheaper, after paying the initial boost. Even better if you use card like Injection Attack, Pushing the Envelope or Lean and Mean.

Sadly, at 4 influence, this will not be splashed outside of Shaper. But for Shaper, it will runs cheaper for any corp archetype. In a Glacier, the one run you do will cost less, even against 4 ice deep server. In an asset spam corp, you'll be able to run multiple remote for cheaper.

And making runs cheaper is the same as having extra econ cards. A great card, for the very low cost of 1 cred. A real bargain.

(Uprising era)