Afshar 3[credit]

Ice: Code Gate
Strength: 1
Influence: 2

While this ice is protecting HQ, the Runner cannot break more than 1 of its printed subroutines during each encounter.

[subroutine] The Runner loses 2[credit].

[subroutine] End the run.

A choice occurs. The waveform collapses.
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Downfall (df)

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  • Updated 2019-04-27

    NISEI Downfall Release Notes [NISEI Rules Team]

    What happens if Afshar is protecting HQ and gains additional subroutines?

    The additional subroutines can be broken normally. Afshar’s ability only affects its printed subroutines.


A weak but tenacious code gate for Weyland! I've seen a lot of this due to rampaging Hippos and hungry Maxxes with Spoons destroying ice left and right, because this can't ever fall prey to those if it's correctly placed on HQ. Anywhere else and this is diet Enigma, so please don't do that.

This one REALLY hoses Anarchs running Black Orchestra (aka all of them), they pay 3 to break and still have to hit the first sub to even get a look at HQ. It's a minimum cost 3 for pretty much every Decoder, which is solid for a 3 cost ETR. It slots in just about any Weyland deck that wants to discourage frequent HQ runs!

(Downfall era)
Nice! I never considered the fact that it's immune to cutlery and Hippo considering you can't break all its subroutines on HQ. —
It's also immune to Amina's credit denial and Inversificator's repositioning! —

Given the current Hippo filled meta and the low two influence cost, I carry a pair of those in most of my decks. It is however vulnerable to Chisel or Parasite.

This is a great ice on HQ. It costs 3-5 to break for the most commonly used decoders, which is great for a 3-cost ice, and it protects itself against most ice-destruction cards. It fares well against Boomerang and Turning Wheel. It's broadly useful against most of the early and late-game threats to HQ.

But, if you're thinking about anywhere besides HQ, you'll wish you had drawn any other ice. For about the same amount, you could have rezzed Border Control or Mausolus or Hortum.

(System Update 2021 era)