Operation: Gray Ops - Psi • Cost: 1 • Influence: 3

Play only if the Runner made a successful run during his or her last turn.

You and the Runner secretly spend 0, 1, or 2. Reveal spent credits. If you and the Runner spent a different number of credits, he or she chooses to suffer 1 brain damage or take 1 tag.

Jinteki • Smirtouille • Honor and Profit 13
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Cerebral Cast
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Reviews

Listen up, guys (and gals, if any gals are reading this I'm deeply flattered) - when I wrote this review, I was in kinda dark place. But then I scored me some rent-a-cops as Jinteki and it suddenly became A LOT funnier.

Read the rest of the review if you want. If you don't, just splice this card and watch the sparks fly.


It's a Jinteki card - but not the one Jinteki plays. No, no - tag vs. 1 brain damage is no choice at all for a Runner rising against this japanese biotech megacorporation, as most of the times the tag isn't just as dangerous as reducing your maximum hand size by one. You could try and play it to force the runner to lose some creds, but honestly - you have about 66% chance for it to work.

No. Where Cerebral Cast really shines is when being outsourced to a deck profiting from tagging the runner. Upon realizing that you could, anytime, explode his sorry self to the orbit, rob him blind or just outright murder his extended family and friends, he is much more likely to take this one brain damage instead of exposing himself to the hardships of being tracked. And when he does, it becomes so much easier to murder him later - after all, he's at four cards tops now!

Want more wackiness? Splash a single Scorched Earth into your average Jinteki passive-agressive brain/net damage compound, then watch him choose a tag with that smile of pity on his face... And make him never smile like this again! Now that's a clever ploy - to pretend your deck actually does something else than just simply tagbag, and then do exactly this. This might be the ultimate bluff ever done in Jinteki.

It is three influence a piece. This, by any stretch of the imagnation, is not cheap for a card that might help - or might not help at all, or even worsen things by two credits and still do nothing.

For a card that doesn't even know where does it belong.

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I would have to disagree. For starters, outside of Jinteki people will be quite comfortable to just take a brain damage, leading tag punishment cards to be dead in the water without some other way of handing out tags. Besides - it's 3 influence. SEA Source is more reliable and less costly. But it's inside of Jinteki where this card is just fabulous - I've run 2 before without complaints, and some will run all 3. For starters, you can pick up some kills with Scorched Earth + Neural EMP, as you suggested. A lot of decks run a singleton Scorch to punish tag-floating after Snares anyway. But even if you can't kill, that tag allows you deal with two of the worst resources for Jinteki: Film Critic and Kati Jones. And unlike outside of faction, where kills come from doing exactly 8 damage in one turn, where the difference between 5 and 4 is negligible, Jinteki manages to squeeze out kills from any number of cards in hand, which is where that brain damage matters. —
Besides: click on the "decklists" button. I see a lot more Jinteki there than any other faction. —
Seems like I failed a bit at doing my research. Didn't mean to cause no confusion —
Aaah, my comment was cut short by a rubbish phone. I wanted to say thanks for pointing that out. Also, I played Cerebral Cast in a tagbag Titan Transnational, along with two SEA. It kinda works there, though sometimes not as good. I'd say it's just risky —
It could in theory work out of a Xanatos CI deck...but with the hit to Eli 1.0 the influence space for the Mushins and Media Blitz are just too tight. —
This card is a lot of fun. It does require some tag punishment to be imported, but that only makes Snare more powerful. I have landed a 3rd cast only for the runner to finally give in and take the tag, only to be scorched immediately. The card is fun, but I haven't seen it push a deck into Tier 1 performance, if Jinteki had more tag punishment or brain damage, then it would probably see more play. —

Recently saw the vid online of a nisei jinteki deck that splashed Defective Brainchips and EOI and multiple copies of Cerebral Cast. Have to say, it is a truly nasty decision the runner must make. take the tag and lose a 3pt agenda via EOI, or 2 BD. Such a great headgames card.

What's EOI? —
Exchange of Information, an NBN operation that lets you swap agendas with the runner if they're tagged. —
Exchange of Information —