Event: Run • Cost: 0 • Influence: 2

Make a run. Once during this run, when you pass a piece of ice, you may trash a number of your installed cards equal to the strength of that ice. If you do, trash that ice.

Apex • Ethan Patrick Harris • Data and Destiny 31
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Prey
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Reviews

Really handy for muching small pieces of ice. Probably not likely to see a whole lot of play outside of Apex, but still a useful option to keep in mind for ice removal.

It shines best for blowing up 0 or 1 strength ice. Pop-up Window is usually a good use for it. Quandary is good, if you can get through. It's a good way to avoid having to pay the tax for Errand Boy or Komainu too often. And if you can sink a Tour Guide with it before it gets too expensive, then you're in good shape.

One important part about this card: Unlike the Anarch silverware suite, (Spooned, Knifed, Forked) Prey does not require you to actually break the ice - you just need to somehow get past it. So ice that doesn't end the run is fairly vulnerable to it, and if you get desperate, things like Inside Job can be used to trigger it as well.

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But inside job is another run event. But you can bypass it with Femme Fatale or with security nexus. —
Whoops, you're exactly right. When I wrote it, I was thinking "it even works if you bypass with Security Nexus or Femme!" and then thought "why stop there, let's just go with the easiest bypass effect - inside job!" and forgot that it doesn't actually work when paired with other events. This is why I shouldn't write card reviews at 2am. —
Datasucker is Prey's BFF!!! —
No it's not, you dumbass... —

Prey has an incredibly useful effect and is far more general than Forked, Knifed Spooned and Run Amok which all have restrictions and conditions regarding which Ice you can target. Unfortunately Prey asks you to trash installed cards, which is typically undesirable outside of Apex: Invasive Predator or maybe Noise: Hacker Extraordinaire decks. It is already clear that Datasucker or Ice Carver will not help you lower the strength of Ice for Prey and using Scrubbed could be considered a little excessive. So how do we lower the strength of Ice outside of an encounter?

Bishop is the only option apart from Parasite to lower strength outside of runs.

Wyrm: One of the most derided and disliked AI breakers has finally found a purpose. It is time for this ugly duckling to find a place in the sun. Since Apex will already have e3 Feedback Implants as well it might even potentially be used as a backup breaker, although Wyrm is still hideously expensive for that purpose. Maybe a backup breaker for the backup breaker? You will need an extra 1 for that however.

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As far as I know, Wyrm can only be used during the encounter. And it has to be the same strange as that ICE, so you need to pump it up. —
When passed ice occurs at the same time as the end of the encounter, so the ice may retain its low strength for prey? —
I looked up the rules and you are right. I'll fix the review thanks. —

Şifr might be worth combining with this card. If my understanding of the rules is correct, if you reduce ice strength to 0 while playing Prey, you may trash 0 of your installed cards to trash the 0 strength ice. If this is correct, Şifr would make this a 0, Forked, Knifed and Spooned all in one card. And, unlike the cutlery events, you are not limited to the first piece of ice you break subroutines on, you get to choose which of the ice you want to trash.

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Thankfully, the text reads 'when you pass a piece of ice', which means the encounter has finished and the ice has returned to it's normal strength. —
^ this. —
Yeah you are right. Prey is crap. —
Actually, it's not that crappy. It specifically trashes stuff that doesn't hard stop you, which is great for Apex, who can't easily be stopped thanks to Endless Hunger. And it gets easily rid of low strength ICE (even taxing ones like Komainu). And what you said in your review still holds, for the most part: it's a 0 cost ICE trashing event that can target any ICE (not just the first), regardless of type. Of course, for being that flexible and powerful it needs to have a steep price to not be plain imba and that price is trashing your own stuff. —