Program: Icebreaker - Decoder • Install: 6 • Memory: 1 • Strength: 2 • Influence: 3

The first time you pass a piece of ice each turn in which you used Inversificator to break all subroutines, you may swap that ice with another piece of ice.

1credit: Break code gate subroutine.

1credit: +1 strength.

Shaper • Donald Crank • Earth's Scion 48
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Inversificator
MWL Entries
  • Standard MWL 3.0: Restricted
  • NAPD MWL 2.2 (active): Restricted
  • NAPD MWL 2.1: Restricted
  • NAPD MWL 2.0: Restricted
Rulings
  • ANCUR UFAQ 24 [Michael Boggs]

    The Runner plays Prey and runs on a remote server protected by Turing. If the Runner then uses Inversificator to break all subroutines on Turing and swaps it with a piece of ice protecting R&D, how many cards must the Runner trash in order to trash the Turing?

    After the Runner uses Inversificator to swap the Turing with another piece of ice, the Runner is no longer passing the Turing. Prey's trigger condition is no longer valid and the ability fails to trigger.

  • ANCUR UFAQ 15 [Michael Boggs]

    Can the Runner use Inversificator to swap the passed piece of ice with an ice in Archives?

    No. Unless specified otherwise, only installed cards can be chosen by effects.

Reviews

Fun toy for Kit, I would think. As though positional ICE needed any more nails in its coffin...

Anyway, if you're using this with Kit then it's guaranteed to work on the first ICE you encounter each turn. This can lead to fun situations like:

  • Bypassing ICE deeper in the server by swapping it with the outermost piece. This requires you to encounter the outermost piece twice...unless you're using Spooned, in which case you can choose the trigger order (as in the Prey ruling above) so that you swap the ICE you just passed deeper into the server you're running, THEN trash it. Net result: The ICE you swapped it with is now behind you and you never even had to touch it. (EDIT: Apparently this doesn't work with Spooned due to trigger timing, so you would need to in fact use Prey itself for it to work)

  • Find a server with a Barrier on the outside, use Surfer to go all the way in, then use Inversificator to put it back on the outside of the server ready for next time! Requires Kit/Paintbrush/Tinkering/Egret, and with the latter two you can do it multiple times in the same turn. As a bonus, you can use this to PUT that weak barrier ICE in position to start with. This is especially fun with Egret because you can just slap that on any weak ICE, put it in front of the server you want into, and go to town.

  • Ruin positional ICE (duh)

  • Stuff things you don't like on servers you don't care about so you don't have to think about them any more.

  • Hit R&D with an Indexing and weaken the ICE on it at the same time, making the follow-up run much easier (see also: Möbius, Medium, and the more general idea of making follow-up runs against the same server cheaper)

  • Swap unrezzed ICE onto the server you're hitting, then Blackmail your way past it either now or later.

  • Swap rezzed ICE onto a server you WANT To hit, then run it knowing there's no nasty surprises waiting for you. (In general this lets you avoid specific pieces of unrezzed ICE for the cost of running and breaking a Code Gate first)

Most of this works without Kit, of course, but it's so much more universally applicable with her and hard to justify the cost without being able to eke out some serious savings in the next few turns after installing. Probably consigned to the jank bin anyway. Still a good fun way to get into servers in style, though.

(EDIT: Comments have pointed out that Adjusted Matrix is helpful in the same way that Kit is, and that multiple copies of Inversificator allow you to use it multiple times per turn! These are both good things to keep in mind)

(Earth's Scion era)
Another easy solution to use this on non-Code Gates is to host Adjusted Matrix on Inversificator - so instead of making any ICE a Code Gate, just make your Decoder an AI. Probably just as janky, but it could work against ICE with few subroutines. —
You missed a big one: Install more than one Inversificator, and each one can swap one ice per turn! You'll probably need System Seizure, Dedicated Processor, and/or Stimshop, but with three of these out, the corp needs a four-deep server before you even have to whistle for your Egret. —
More seriously, this is one more tool to help Kit shore up her main weakness: needing to find a killer or SMC to run two-deep servers. Its main use is going to be pushing code gates to the back of servers so she can keep running safely once they get two-deep. I actually think this could replace the killer slot in some Kit decks. This could potentially make Kit a lot faster, since she will be able to spend that time and those deckslots on other things. —
I have been using this in Kit and it is a complete beast as the only breaker. Still optimizing, but I think I'll post a decklist soon if I have the time. One clarification on rules which was pointed out to me: You cannot swap the Spooned ice back and effectively skip the next ice, as awesome as this would be. The reason is that unlike Prey, which triggers at the same time as the swap ability on Inversificator (on "pass"), Spooned's trash ability triggers before that, on "break all subroutines". Thus, they are not simultaneous triggers and you don't get to pick the order. Makes me sad, but there you have it. —
How does it work with Inversificator? —