Is It Better?
Compared to Ichi 1.0, the extra 3 to rez Ichi 2.0 gets you one extra strength, increased trace amount on the final by 2 for a total of trace 3, additionally the runner has less options for breaking since it must always use to break two 's instead of a single for each unlike most Bioroid ice including Ichi 1.0, so yeah you get what you pay for.
Glacial decks should give Ichi 2.0 a look because of it's high-tax value to the runner
Install for free: Because of the high cost of Heimdall 2.0, other supporting cards that allow it to be installed for free (albiet often with conditions) make it much more attainable (in order of least to most difficult strings attached): Priority Requisition, Shoot the Moon, Mutate, Bioroid Efficiency Research, Oversight AI, Howler, & finally Awakening Center.
Improved Tracers, again that extra 1 even on traces is not insignificant.
More taxing for the runner to break all three s
Strength of 5 makes it very expensive to use many icebreakers to break any of it's . Got a Parasite? Probably have a bit of time
to break s i very taxing to runner
Surprising the runner with insufficient s may result the runner's rig getting trashed in a devastating way, possibly swinging momentum into the corps favor.
Like other 2.0 Bioroid ice, cost makes using this card riskier.
Even though it is taxing, runner has lots of options to navigate through this card.
Unless this card is getting installed with a combo or the deck has some stellar economy, this card will probably be looked over. At three influence cost it's also much less likely to show up in other corp decks. Often decks which feature Ichi 2.0 will only have 1 copy and perhaps 1-2 other heavy hitter ice which cost > than 6 and then feature a suite of cheaper ice for the vast majority of server protection.
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