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Cyberdex Virus Suite


#1

This card raises a couple simple questions for me…

  1. Did virus-based strats really need a whack with the nerfbat?
  2. Does this card appropriately check virus strats or invalidate them entirely?

#2

I think its good to have an anti-medium-dig card. I also think hivemind+virus breeding ground is near broken in some cases, so again, its probably good to have in the meta.

I think the main argument for the existence of the Suite is andy-sucker. That deck’s been dominating for so long that having a counter in the meta seems deserved. My2cents.


#3

I think it’s a very good thing it exists. Viruses (and by extension, Anarchs) had just completely insane lategame power (see: any runner deck splashing red cards in the last 3 years), and completely neutered some of the more outlanding corp builds. Providing a counter opens up the design space for giving Anarchs more power elsewhere.

It’s also a very interestingly done card, in my opinion:

  • the interaction with a deep Medium dig is interesting (whether installed, or revealed from RnD)
  • the insta-speed wipes are also interesting (and appropriately costed)
  • last but not least, it’s mega-annoying in Archives, enough to make me consider Archives Interface in a dedicated Parasite deck

So, yeah - my personal opinion is, the answers to both of your questions are a resounding “yes”.


#4

I can certainly see those arguments. Maybe Datasucker has simply had its day in the sun, at least as a “facecheck with impunity with FSBs” mechanism.


#5

It’s also (finally) a nerf to all the fixed-strength breakers. Their sheer efficiency combined with Datasuckers to let them punch-up, so to speak, made them pretty much the number one choice for a long time as far as a breaker suite goes.

With Cyberdex existing now, any unrezzed card in a server could end your ability to break higher strength ICE at instant speed mid-run, with potentially catastrophic results.


#6

This. Faceplanted an Archer over the weekend in just such a situation…


#7

Wow. I hadn’t thought about that brutal possibility. How bad did that mess up your rig?


#8

Merlin is the way forward. Especially if the other card in the server is The Twins. Or Corporate Troubleshooter.


#9

Stupid rules question: Is it really triggering in archives?


#10

Just says “when accessed,” so I would guess yes…