Vamadeva has three limitations:
- It can only break 's on ICE with exactly 1 .
- It's an AI breaker and hence struggles against the terrible triad
- It costs 6 to install.
Out of these three limitations the only problem is its installation cost.
By it's very nature it is not going to be a solo breaker like Eater or Faust (which also have problems against the terrible triad). Vamadeva is the final piece that rounds out other breaker suites. I've covered it's uses as part of the Deva suite in my Endless Hunger review but here I want to focus on Vamadeva by itself.
Vamadeva is very strong against Rush decks (except possibly which contains Spiderweb and Hive). Enigma is probably the most common problem Vamadeva may encounter that can't be solved without an appropriate breaker. Bioroid ICE can be dealt with using e3 implants and a .
Vamadeva is the perfect companion to Sunny's cloud suite breakers (GS Striker M1, GS Shrike M2 and GS Sherman M3). All of them are quite efficient to pump against large ICE and are highly efficient against multi ICE. However they have a serious efficiency problem against cheap single ICE. Having to pay 4 to break Wall of Static or 2 for Quandary is rather unpleasant and will quickly deplete a runner's credit pool. Vamadeva has the efficiency of Corroder or Eater and is perfect for handling the cheap stuff.
Combined with Grappling Hook + e3 Feedback Implants (to break multi ICE) it is also a great utility breaker for Geist, getting you through the cheap ETR barriers and code gates and saving your Crowbars, Shivs and Spikes for better targets.