Snare! 0[credit]

Asset: Ambush
Trash: 0
Influence: 2

While the Runner is accessing this asset in R&D, they must reveal it.

When the Runner accesses this asset anywhere except in Archives, you may pay 4[credit]. If you do, give the Runner 1 tag and do 3 net damage.

Illustrated by Alice Duke
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Revised Core Set (core2)

#82 • English
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THE Jinteki card.

This does everything a Megacorp could want to Runner scum. It tags, it takes away most of their hand, and it punishes random accesses. Random accesses, let us not forget, are a runner's major path to victory.

I was playing as Personal Evolution last week, and the runner asked me how many credits I have: I gestured to the four tokens and said "Snare! credits". It's what we were both thinking. A Jinteki kill deck has one of three amounts of credits: less than four (so they can't fire Snare!), at least four (so they can fire snare!), or nine or more (so they can get account siphoned but still afford to fire Snare!). Some corporate economists would argue that nine actually means "Komainu+Snare!" or that the credit total "eight" exists as double-Snare!, but there's mostly academic difference between that and nine.

Just by existing, whether or not it's played, this card warps the way a Jinteki game goes. (It also sees a fair amount of play in Weyland, to enable Scorched Earth kills -- some Jinteki decks run said house-destruction entirely as a means of punishing Snare! tags. A few horizontal Near-Earth Hub decks have been known to play it too. Because the point of snare! is this: it's a surprise.)

A simple, elegant and most of all fun piece of design, this adds so much to the game. But, you may be thinking "this is fun, but only for the corp". And that, dear reader, is where you're wrong. Snare! in the pool leads to wonderful moments of relief when that card you accessed isn't a Snare!

It lets the runner experience the feeling, generally reserved for the corp, of losing to an unlucky R&D access. It gets installed in an iced-up remote, and gets revealed like a bad punchline. It allows for really great moments of bluffing and double-bluffing, intricate interplay to accessing cards which may or may not be Snare!s and which runners may or may not be able to afford to not check. It's the major reasons you don't run last click. And of course, as a runner, there's no greater feeling than trashing an unfired Snare! for free.

It adds a ton of fun swingy variance in the game, which can be heightened with play skill.

One of the best and most important cards in the game. Just don't rez it or you're doing it wrong.

(Order and Chaos era)
How about the mythical 7 credits (SnareScorch)? —
Rezzing Snare as Blue Sun to pull it back into hand is the best Netrunner play, tho. Did I reinstall Snare or Atlas? Run & find out. —
1 point about rezzing a Snare- if you're drowning in the Val/Blackmail meta, or even if you're seeing lots of Run Amok/En Passant combos, Snare is a free rez, which works incredibly well with Surat City Grid. It's obviously not why you include Snare in your deck, but I've rezzed a Snare on a Surat in my Titan Transnational deck to get my ice rezzed on my turn many times. It can completely shut down a few strategies. —

Snare! is the bane of beginning runner who are playing against a Jinteki deck. This trap has the fastest win record of all card. Every runner has lived the experience of using/installing 3 cards and running a naked server to die on Snare on the first turn of the game.

At 2 influences, it can be used to give a nasty surprise in any deck.

Snare combine especially well with Preemptive Action and Genotyping, allowing the corp to put back Snare in the diminishing R&D. Giving cold sweat to the runner.

Other card that combine especially well with Snare are Mwanza City Grid and Hokusai Grid. Mwanza will force the runner to dig further in the deck, giving a better chance to hit Snare TWICE. Hokusai will give a net damage before digging the deck, enhancing the flatline potential.

And then, there is the tag that comes with it. If the runner make the mistake of running on last click, this tag will let the corp trash their ressources, or worse.

The main drawback is the cost. At 4 creds, it is kind of expensive. If the corp does not prepare its econ accordingly, it run the possibility of a runner triggering a Snare that cannot be paid, this becoming a dud, easily trashed.

The art is evocative. Here is a suggestion for the quote : "Snap!"

(Uprising era)