Hellion Beta Test

Hellion Beta Test 1[credit]

Operation: Black Ops
Influence: ●●●○○

Play only if the Runner trashed an accessed Corp card during his or her last turn.

Trace [2]– If successful, trash 2 installed non-program cards. If unsuccessful, take 1 bad publicity.

"Wait a minute, I don't even have a cat."
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Escalation (es)

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  • UFAQ [Michael Boggs]

    If the Runner accesses a card and then later trashes it outside of an access (e.g. with Political Operative), can the Corp play Hellion Beta Test on the next turn?

    No, Hellion Beta Test’s condition requires a card to have been trashed while it was being accessed.

    If the Runner trashed only one Corp card on their last turn and subsequently used Salsette Slums to remove that card from the game, can the Corp still play Hellion Beta Test?

    No. Salsette Slums has a replacement ability, so the card is not considered to have been trashed.

    If the Corp plays Hellion Beta Test and the Runner only has one installed non-program card, must the Corp trash one of their own installed cards?



This card is great! Unfortunately the trigger will be meet regular so that's covered, and if you play it out of HB you should have the cash to make the trace. The wording is a bit awkward, it should have been:

"Trash 2 pics of hardware and taste the runners salty tears, otherwise better wait for a later use. If you feel like it you could trash resources but that's a waste"

No tag needed, surprising given how common the trigger condition is meet and potential devastating to the runner. Also the trigger condition helps with making the trace if they used credits to trash. The card is a massive improvement over Hellion Alpha Test (same influence mind you) given you the choice of what to trash in any combination. Would it have much use out of faction? Probably not given the influence, if you spend one more you get Scorched Earth and win the game but a good option for HB to strike back at the runner other than brain damage. In my opinion a very good addition to the HB card pool that makes Hellion Alpha Test completely obsolete (sort of the only complaint)

(Escalation era)
"Trashed an *Accessed* corp card" This is one restriction that won't be a killer but it will be one to watch out for, there is plenty of stuff on the runner side that lets them trash things without ever accessing them. —
This card is super powerful in my opinion. Put it in any asset heavy deck and its prerequisite cost will regularly be filled. And there are a lot of great targets including several resources like Temujin Contract, a full Daily Casts, ProCo, a shard, Kati, or a pesky Film Critic that is messing up all your ambush/psi agendas. —
@quailman2101 Id like to just point out you've only mentioned resources in your comment but Beta test can actually hit hardware as well in some case's hitting a console could prove to be more powerful an effect. —
@Pinkwarrior Yes of course, and they are probably better targets many times. I just mentioned resources that were worth targeting because Stigma implied they weren't worth using this card on. —
Can it fire when the runner is using Salsette Slums? —
@5N00P1 Probably not, as the ruling (at least per UFAQ) is that the card is removed from the game INSTEAD of trashing, meaning the runner never trashed an accessed corp card. http://ancur.wikia.com/wiki/Salsette_Island_UFAQ —