Program: Icebreaker - Decoder • Install: 5 • Memory: 1 • Strength: 3 • Influence: 1

0: Break code gate subroutine.

The Yog.0 database is a crowdsourced compilation of sniffed, spoofed, and logged passkeys. If the key to the gate is in the database, you're in. If it's not, change the gate!
Anarch • Kate Niemczyk • Core Set #14
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Yog.0
Reviews

A high initial cost, but zero spent after that. You cannot up the strength, which means you need to pair it with some means of strength-boosting like The Personal Touch or Dinosaurus to get past stronger stuff. Other options are with Datasucker, Ice Carver, or a combo with Parasite.

I love to pair this with Rielle "Kit" Peddler: Transhuman and Dinosaurus. Get past all but the staunchest code gates and force the Corp to go deep quickly to negate her ability. With a Paintbrush, this card is a monster.

Simply put, Yog.0 is the Anarch card with the most impact of the Core Set. It was so strong that for a while (including at least a few store championship level tournaments) players were including only a bare minimum of code gates. There was even one deck that only had a single code gate at 3 copies, simply to force the runner to install Yog and then have it be useless memory for the rest of the game.

It’s ability to break for free, any number of subroutines, even though it is on a fixed strength, makes it one of the most dangerous Decoders in the game. For a long period, any Code Gate of 3 or less strength was simply dismissed as being too weak, because of the prevalence of Yog.0.

Even today, Yog.0 is still something that must be contended with, though as Code Gates grew in strength, its dominance of Decoders became less apparent. The arrival of the Yogasaurus (Yog.0 on a Dinosaurus) and in combination with Rielle "Kit" Peddler: Transhuman and a possible Paintbrush means Yog was still a threat - if not seen nearly as often in that manner. Yet no other Decoder, and no other Anarch card left players scrambling to deal with it in their corp deck designs, affecting the game as much as Yog has, and will, over the years.

(Written during the meta of The Valley, part of the SanSan Cycle. For more reviews like it, visit wyldside.blogspot.com)

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