I can't believe this card doesn't have any reviews yet! Firmware updates has the ability that Because We Built It should have always been, a free credit and a free click for advancing ice! Up until Order and Chaos, the meta was not sold on advanceable ice. Is Firmware Updates the magic card that advanceable ice decks have always needed? ...not quite. Advanceable ice is still too slow, too finicky, and too much investment for not enough payback (play BWBI against Leela and see what I mean).
Advanceable ice may not be a deck archetype that has fully matured, but that's not to say that all advanceable ice is all bad. In the right deck, advancable ice is a powerful tool. Make sure your glacier deck is packing a real win condition behind that advanceable ice, and if a 3 for 1 agenda fits in that gameplan, Firmware updates is a slam dunk. Some unique tricks you can do only with Firmware Updates:
• Get the BWBI experience with a non-trash ID!
OK, OK, I get it, don't go all-in on advancable ice, and don't play Because We Built It. So what should I play? And how would Firmware updates help me?
I'm glad you asked!
Titan decks should consider running this agenda for the Mark Yale synergy alone. Decks that like 1 point agendas, like Argus Security: Protection Guaranteed could see value here, especially if they are packing a Wormhole, Nebula, or Ice Wall. Try some shenanigans with Constellation Protocol or Trick of Light to return space ice to your hand as Blue Sun: Powering the Future.
Firmware is good, and a step in the right direction for the advanceable ice archetype. It's not enough to save it single-handedly, but its a useful tool and a strong step in the right direction. Maybe we'll see a tier 1 advanceable ice deck in the future, and if we do, I expect that deck to be packing 3x of it.