We’ve had a question in slack a few times recently, and I think we have an answer, but I want to make sure it is correct. I am using this timing chart as my reference.
Ambush ICE (e.g. Archangel, Sapper) timing:
A run is successful and has progressed to 5.5 when an Ambush ICE is accessed.
5.5.1 -> On access effects happen, Ambush ICE is revealed, triggering the run to immediately jump to step 3
3.1 happens normally, I don’t think there is any question about what happens here
3.2 any unbroken subroutines resolve, then the encounter ends
This is where the confusion comes in.
I am saying that the encounter ends at 3.2, and the on-access clause on the Ambush ICE has been satisfied, so we return the the access phase to 5.5.2. Others have suggested that we proceed to step 4, and the ICE is passed, which would allow cards like Inversicator or Prey to be used.
Can I get a clear confirmation that the access at 5.5.1 triggers step 3 through 3.2 only, and after 3.2 we return immediately to 5.5.2 without step 4?