Does Gebrselassie interact with boosting icebreaker strength outside of an encounter?
Let’s say Nasir Meidan is running against a server with two unrezzed ICE, namely Eli 1.0 on the outside and IP Block on the inside. Nasir has Corroder installed with Gebrselassie hosted on it. At step 2.c of the run (NISEI rules doc), which is the paid ability window before the ICE-rezzing window, Nasir pays 2 credits to boost Corroder to strength 4. Assuming the corp rezzes both ICE, what strength is Corroder during each encounter?
- It could be its base strength 2, because the first example under 3.9.5.b says that a boost applied not during an encounter “applies only until the next checkpoint”. The next checkpoint after step 2.c is step 3.b, before the paid ability window during which subroutines can be broken. Gebrselassie doesn’t explicitly replace returns-to-base-strength during encounters, so it may be the case that it doesn’t replace this one - so Corroder starts the encounter with Eli 1.0 at strength 4, but is returned to strength 2 before the paid ability window for breaking subroutines.
- It could be strength 4, if Gebrselassie has replaced the return-to-base-strength that would have happened at the 2.c checkpoint with a return-to-base-strength at end of turn. The example under 3.9.5.c in the rules doc suggests, but does not explicitly state, this.