Ubax

Hardware: Console • Install: 5 • Influence: 3

+1memory unit

When your turn begins, draw 1 card.

Limit 1 console per player.

"It is more than just a 'pretty nanite plant'. It's a complex synthetic intelligent distributed network, and a VERY pretty nanite plant." - Bios
Shaper • Andreas Zafiratos • Terminal Directive 16
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Poor Shapers. Outside of Astrolabe, they never seem to get a console which is quite all round fantastic. Mirror, Comet and Maya were only half decent in specific decks, Dinosaurus has been power creeped, The Toolbox is too expensive and Monolith... is Monolith. For the longest time the choice for most Shapers was twofold: go with Astrolabe or an out of faction alternative, preferably low on influence. That is why The Gauntlet was never to be found in Criminal decks but it was in Shapers, and before the new MWL ripped ┼×ifr a new one it found a home in Smoke and Kate decks.

But enough about that, let's talk about Ubax. For 5 credits you get 1MU and one guaranteed card at the start of your turn for the rest of the game. My first thought when reading this card was: "for the price of admission, 2 MU would have been nice." Shapers are traditionally the faction with big rigs, and like 2MU consoles. 5 credits is a significant tempo hit, even in Kate "Mac" McCaffrey: Digital Tinker. And if you only need 1MU, Astrolabe will give you more value in an asset heavy meta, possibly drawing you multiple cards a turn.

Is it a bad console? Definitely not, I think it is a solid console. A guaranteed card at the start of the turn is excellent. I expect to see fewer Shaper decks with out of faction consoles. If Ubax gave you 2 MU, I would have rated it excellent. But for now, Astrolabe still sits lonely at the top, imho.

(Terminal Directive era)
774

A slightly expensive console considering that Astrolabe is 4 cheaper and the median* cost for shaper consoles (without counting Ubax) is 4.

Compared to Astrolabe it's a much more reliable draw engine though. You get one card per turn, just as if you were playing corp side. Like Astrolabe it's unconditional draw but unlike Astrolabe the corp can't control when you draw but you know in advance when it will be.

If you would need to regularly click for cards getting a free card per turn will save quite a few clicks over the course of the game. That makes the 5 price tag reasonable.

*Due to the 18 Monolith the average cost is 6 but as you can see here all but two of the 9 consoles are cheaper. The median is more representative than the average.

(Terminal Directive era)
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