With the advent of Enterprise Shields, it is no longer possible to win consistently with a pure Black ICE plan. But...
Black ICE Blues
Congratulations to Ben Ford, who won a Full Body Conversion for naming a suite of 3 icebreakers that sets up faster and more cheaply than Zamboni. To be fair, it is nearly always worse than either Bartmoss or Zamboni, but it beats Bartmoss slightly before it gets worse than Zamboni.
My first real Netrunner love was Black ICE. I greedily traded for Skalderviken SA Beta Test Site and hoarded Zombies. I advanced Black Ice Quality Assurance and Ice Transmutation with no regard for their high difficulty. Like so much of Netrunner, that all changed with Proteus.
Proteus brought the end of Skalderviken as we know it: Enterprise. Inc., Shields. They remove all risk of smacking blindly into a Code Corpse. They convert bits directly into damage protection. Only Leland, Corporate Bodyguard, had this power before (sadly, Leland is always the first target of Corps that tag me). They made Virus Test Site and Vacant Soulkiller a minor annoyance.
Proteus also brought us the first miniature Black ICE: Brain Wash. It was love at first site for me. How often, in the v1.0 days, did you look across the table, see less than 5 bits in the Corporate pool, and run without fear? No more. Brain Wash can leave a permanent scar on your cortex where your survival instinct used to be.
A major problem with the old Black ICE decks was that none of the cheap ICE fit. That problem is solved by Brain Wash. Granted, the Enterprise Shields just break it for a bit, but until they hit the table, Brain Wash is a must-break ICE.
With the advent of Enterprise Shields, it is no longer possible to win consistently with a pure Black ICE plan. But the brain and Net damage can be a potent additiion to a a hybrid R&D that can stop Runners dead in their tracks.
Here are some plans that work nicely with Black ICE:
There are three cards that can help most of these plans:
Black ICE might be the most entertaining part of Netrunner. I hope you'll send me some interesting deck lists and let me know what you are doing. Here is a Dan Quayle quote that I use (too) frequently at my playgroup. Dan was speaking at a United Negro College Fund meeting:
Trusting you will remember his widsom on your next run,
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