“Baklan” Bochkin

♦ “Baklan” Bochkin 2[credit]

Resource: Connection
Influence: 3

The first time you encounter a piece of ice during each run, place 1 power counter on this resource.

[trash], X hosted power counters: Derez the ice you are encountering if its strength is X or less. Take 1 tag.

“Psh, let them gossip. The cat knows whose meat it has eaten.”
—“Baklan” Bochkin
Illustrated by Janet Bruesselbach
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Downfall (df)

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  • Updated 2019-04-27

    NISEI Downfall Release Notes [NISEI Rules Team]

    Can the Runner use “Baklan” Bochkin to take a tag, even if they are not encountering a piece of ice?


    Can the Corp re-rez a piece of ice immediately after “Baklan” Bochkin derezzes it?

    No. Baklan’s ability is used during the encounter ice phase, which does not allow the Corp to rez ice.


Another intriguing card from Downfall. Clearly meant to be a fairer replacement for Maxwell James, though time will tell whether it actually is.

Seems like a good fit for Geist or maybe tag-me Liza.

An obvious combo is with The Turning Wheel in which runners can repeatedly bounce off ETR ice to build up counters on both until they have enough to derez something nasty/expensive then go for a deep dive. Though I reckon this can be countered fairly easily with careful ICE placement.

The annoying tag that comes with it can be handily dealt with by another Downfall card: Flip Switch. Using this out of Geist with a few Tech Traders installed, you can derez an ice while gaining 2 draws and potentially 6 mid run, which isn’t too shabby at all.

I’m sure someone will find a way to abuse this into NPE hell before long, but until then, I think it’s a solid addition to Geist’s arsenal.

(System Core 2019 era)
Sorry for seeming totally out of the loop, but where exactly are these new cards coming from? I love it that people are designing new ones, but it's nice to know the source for these kinds of things. —
The new cards are being designed and created by NISEI. More details can be found on http://nisei.net/. —
Apologies, didn't realise Enter meant submit! This week is community week so cards are being revealed through content creators. There will be a summary either at the end of this week or the start of next week. —
Null + Scrubbed + Chisel + Baklan (how work with Datasucker too) + ? = Profit ! —
Does Bochkin and Datasucker work together? —
@Late Yes. —