Conduit

Conduit 4[credit]

Program: Virus
Memory: 1 • Strength: -
Influence: ●●●●

Whenever a successful run on R&D ends, you may place 1 virus counter on this program.

click: Run R&D. If successful, access X additional cards when you breach R&D. X is equal to the number of hosted virus counters.

A dabbling with truth is a pernicious dream
Drink deep, or taste not the raw datastream.
Illustrated by Liiga Smilshkalne
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Rulings
  • If the Runner uses Conduit's paid ability and makes a successful run on R&D, do they put a virus counter on Conduit before or after they breach R&D?

    After. A run is still in progress while the attacked server is being breached, and Conduit’s first ability waits for the run to end.

  • If the Runner uses Conduit’s action ability to run R&D, but Conduit is trashed before R&D is breached, how many additional cards does the Runner access?

    Conduit’s action ability checks the number of hosted counters at the time its nested “when you breach R&D” ability resolves. If Conduit is trashed before this, there are no longer any hosted counters, so the Runner will not access any additional cards.

  • The Runner uses Conduit's action ability while there are 2 virus counters on Conduit. The second card the Runner accesses is Cyberdex Virus Suite and the Corp purges virus counters. Does the Runner access a third card in R&D?

    Yes. The limit to how many cards the Runner can access from R&D is determined at the beginning of breaching R&D. Once accessing cards begins, changing the number of virus counters on Conduit will have no effect on the breach already in progress.

Reviews

This card is basically like Medium, which we saw for a little while in the Salvaged Memories meta. Conduit is great and really belong to shapers, as shown with the 4 influences cost. It is so good, in fact, that it is still worth it to use it in other factions.

The other current near equivalent program would be Stargate. But Conduit let you see more and more card, the more you run. Because it is vulnerable to purges, it combo very well with Contaminate, since the latter cost only 1 influence.

Shaper will leverage the card with efficient runs on R&D. But Conduit really shine with anarch. Using tools like Cookbook, Knobkierie, Contaminate, Virus Breeding Ground and even Friday Chip, you can build up a massive amount of virus tokens on Conduit, letting you access an equally massive amount of cards in R&D.

At only , unlike the of Stargate, it is easy to put in a deck. Being a virus, it can even be fitted on Knobkierie or MemStrips (again, Anarch have it better).

I really enjoyed the short poem, it is very nice. The art is sharp and easy to understand on the table. Well balanced card. Gread design.

(System Update 2021 era)
1742

Conduit is a powerful and economically grueling form of RND pressure. It is tournament viable, albeit expensive to keep it operational. Corp players have some good counters (Cyberdex Virus Suite is used by 62% of corp players as of ban list 21.06, and Macrophage is used by 23%).

Conduit is mostly a reprint of Medium in Shaper, but with a slight nerf. With Medium, you could have used run events like Dirty Laundry or Out of the Ashes or Overclock or Mobius, but with Conduit the run has to be made through Conduit. In addition, from Anarch's perspective, the 4 influence cost is real rough, you'd have to make a huge commitment to import this. Also, Medium allowed you to set a lower number of accesses if you wanted, a helpful safety feature in some matchups.

In Anarch, you could easily use Stargate instead. Some reasons you might use Medium anyway:

  • It spirals out of control faster. If RND only has 1 small ice, a surprise Conduit installation is an immediate emergency situation if the runner has the means to run repeatedly. Play an ice or die. In contrast, Stargate might not be so dangerous short-term, particularly if Spin Doctor is available.
  • Conduit pairs so savagely with Apocalypse. Apocalypse Now, Conduit Tomorrow
  • Viral support like Knobkierie and Cookbook.
  • Conduit is lighter on MU and it can be powered by Knobkierie and Memstrips.

Flavor: the poem is a reference to Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism ("A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring"). Given the Apocalyptic nature of this card, I would have gone with a biblical reference instead: "Where's your Macrophage now?"

(System Update 2021 era)