Aghora

Program: Icebreaker - AI - Deva • Install: 5 • Memory: 1 • Strength: 2 • Influence: 2

1: Break ice subroutine on a piece of ice that has a rez cost of 5 or greater.

1: +1 strength.

2: Swap Aghora with a deva program from your grip.

The Destroyer.
Anarch • Liiga Smilshkalne • Fear the Masses 97
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Aghora
Rulings
  • UFAQ [Damon Stone]

    Does Reina Roja's ability allow a newly rezzed piece of ice with a printed rez cost of 4 to be broken by Aghora?

    No. Reina's ability only lasts for the duration in which the Corp is paying to rez the ice.

    Can the Runner use Aghora to swap in another copy of Aghora from the grip?

    Yes. Aghora does not specify "that is not a copy of itself".

    Is swapping Aghora with another deva considered an installation?

    No. Swapping just exchanges the places of the two cards.

    If Aghora is hosted on Scheherazade when it is swapped with another deva, must the new Deva also be hosted on Scheherazade? Does this gain the Runner 1?

    Yes, the swapped deva exchanges places with Aghora, so it must be hosted on the same card. The new deva is not installed, so the Runner does not gain 1.

    If Aghora is hosting The Personal Touch when it is swapped with another Deva, is The Personal Touch trashed or hosted onto the new deva?

    Trashed. The hosting card was removed from play, so all hosted items are immediately and unpreventably trashed.

    If the Runner has no unused MU, can they still use Aghora's swap ability without trashing programs to free up MU?

    Yes, because the rule about MU and trashing is about installing. Swapping is a simultaneous exchange of two cards. The moment the one deva is coming into play the other is leaving, with no overlap, so there is no need to free up MU.

Reviews

This is the card I've been looking forward to all cycle! I'm a big fan of interesting rig setups with multiple moving pieces. I took Streetchess to almost every tournament until MWL butchered my deck, -4 influence is rough :/

This card lets me bring a new interesting version of Chess due to it's synergy with Rook!

The plan is to run it in Reina (no synergy) with Deep Red, Pawn, Rook and probably 1-2 Knight, a Xanadu and probably 1-3 D4v1d.

This lets you break everything with a base rez cost of 2+ with Aghora. Mostly it'll be used to break rez cost 2-5 stuff I imagine but with datasucker (or ice carver hear me out. You can take down bigger stuff. Now the reason I even bring up Ice Carver is because you'll mostly want to parasite rez cost 0-1 Ice which mostly has Str 0-2, at least in my meta and it will trim MU requirement slightly and free up influence but I'd have to do some testing when I get the pack.

Considering how surprised I was with the effectiveness of a Brahman, D4v1d, Chameleon rig (in hailey). I could run through Heimdal 2.0, Viktor 2.0 and Ichi 2.0 over R&D almost every turn for 6-7 turns until I won thanks to the combo with Technical Writer. I have high hopes for this card at least when it comes to Tier 2 decks.

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Sounds fun, I just worry about Magnet. I think it'll be used quite a bit, at least for the next while. —
rook on magnet's server is broken with aghora just fine. —
or not. derp —
I think aghora is good even without using cards like xanadu and rook as it breaks pretty much all the scary ICE that are too big for mimic. If you had this and mimic out then you could check most ICE safely and do the usual parasite deja vu shenanigans with any of the small barriers and code gates that fall through the net. —

Aghora does well in a Chameleon+LLDS deck, or when paired with cheap/specialized breakers like Inti, Yog, and Femme. It's useful against most of the higher-strength ice that these breakers struggle with, but it falls short of being a top-shelf solution because there will always be a few ice that fall between the cracks and can't be broken by either the standard breaker or the deva. It's a solid choice in casual games for certain deck types but I don't think it has the legs to be an all-around winner.

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