ICE: Barrier • Rez: 1 • Strength: 1 • Influence: 1

Ice Wall can be advanced and has +1 strength for each advancement token on it.

End the run.

"I asked for ice as impenetrable as a wall. I can't decide if someone down in R&D has a warped sense of humor or just a very literal mind." -Liz Campbell, VP Project Security
Weyland Consortium • Matt Zeilinger • Core Set #103
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Ice Wall

Ice Wall is one of my favorite pieces of ice. It has a rare quality among ice, in that it can be just as valuable unrezzed as rezzed in the right deck. How? Play it in a space ice deck, drop 3 tokens on it, and all of a sudden it looks like a Wormhole, Nebula, or Asteroid Belt. I've even dropped 5 tokens on it, and fooled my opponent into thinking it was my Orion. All that stopping power on a piece of ice that pulls double-duty as an early turn gear check.

Of course, being advanceable makes for some very interesting combos—such as with Builder, Constellation Protocol, Firmware Updates, or Satellite Grid—as well as counterplay. Runner has an Atman equal to your wall? Drop a token on it. They have a Net-Ready Eyes in play too? Just move a token away with Constellation Protocol next turn, or rez your Satellite Grid during the run. Additional tokens on IW often pay dividends over the course of a game, especially if your opponent is relying on Corroder.

Or maybe you want to get your Orion up after IW is no longer cutting it. Move your tokens there with CP, then rez it either during a run or beforehand with Executive Boot Camp. When done, move the tokens back—and if playing Blue Sun: Powering the Future, return the Orion to your hand for a massive profit of 15.

But the real shenanigans happen when this is combined with Builder or Hollywood Renovation. IW can get big—REALLY big. I've seen IWs at over 10 strength on rare occasions, teaching runners that while they can sneak through with their Corroder a couple times, Builder is the real problem, and it's out of reach of Yog.0 without a usable Datasucker or Net-Ready Eyes/The Personal Touch/Dinosaurus. You can also play Commercialization in these situations and laugh all the way to the bank.

The final trick I love to pull with IW is to move tokens from it to agendas or ambush assets via Trick of Light. This puts a lot of agendas in range of fast advance, while putting your initial tokens on difficult to trash ice. A Spooning Rielle or Knifed are about the only ways to reliably shut it down.

Lastly, I'd love to compare to its closest big brother, Fire Wall. Many people ask, "Why play IW over FW, when it takes a lot more s to get IW up to FW's strength?" Well, there are a few things wrong with this logic. First, it assumes you are advancing IW by clicking for it, which is only one of many ways to get its strength up. Builder will often get it up to at least 3 strength, Matrix Analyzer can save you the , and Space Camp can even drop tokens on it in a pinch. Second, and often more important, is it's rez cost is only 1. If you have 6, and get Account Siphoned, this can still be rezzed (while FW cannot), and can still be quite formidable with a few tokens on it.

And at 1 influence, every Corp can experience Ice Wall's charms. —
@Lynx Kuroneko - Definitely. I especially love dropping it into a Jinteki or NBN deck. —

A great little ICE from the core set what more can i say.

Well its cheap to res with low Str and thats part of its power it makes the runner go get their breaker for a low price. It can also b advanced allowing use of other cards like Trick of Light & Commercialization with the bonus that the Ice will be harder to get through at the same time.


Cheap to res.

Low Influence to take out of faction.

Can be Advanced


Weak without Advancements

Takes time & 's to get strong.

Using builder and Hollywood Renovation, my personal record is a 14 strength ice wall. —