Program: Virus • Install: 1 • Memory: 1 • Influence: 1

Whenever you make a successful run on a central server, place 1 virus counter on Datasucker.

Hosted virus counter: Rezzed piece of ice currently being encountered has -1 strength until the end of the encounter.

Anarch • Chelsea Conlin • Core Set #8
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Datasucker
Reviews

Pros

  • Can be searched with Djinn
  • very flexible in its use
  • one of the cheapest viruses, so Noise loves it

Cons

  • Virus counters can be purged, so if you rely on it too heavily to be able to defeat ice, sometimes the Corp can shut you out with a timely purge
  • Memory slots for non-breakers are sometimes scarce

Thoughts

  • probably the most non-committal card in order to get some pressure on Archives
  • useful to enable fixed-strength breakers - Yog.0, Mimic and Morning Star
  • usually you get 1 credit worth of virus counter for a successful run on a central server, just that these "credits" can be removed by the corp
  • so you should try to use them liberally
  • they synergize nicely with Desperado and other cards that give bonuses for runs, because ultimately each server has a certain price tag, but it gets more and more expensive for the corp to increase the price while the value of multiple Datasuckers is linear.

This card should be renamed "Funsucker". It rewards you and punish the corp for what you want to do anyway, and it does this all with a measly cost of 1, and 1 influence. This card, along with Mimic, Yog and Corroder should really have cost 1 extra influence each.

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