Program: Virus • Install: 2 • Memory: 1 • Influence: 4

Install only on a piece of ice.

Host ice has -1 strength for each hosted virus counter.

When you encounter host ice, if its strength is 0 or less, trash it. Otherwise, place 1 virus counter on this program.

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Anarch • Krembler • Downfall 3
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Chisel
MWL Entries

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Rulings
  • NISEI Downfall Release Notes [NISEI Rules Team]

    Can the Runner use Datasucker to help trash ice faster with Chisel? What about cards like Null: Whistleblower?

    No, Datasucker can only reduce the strength of ice during the paid ability window of an encounter, which is after Chisel’s ability will already have resolved and either trashed the ice or added a virus counter to itself. Null, on the other hand, has a conditional ability with the same trigger condition as Chisel, so the Runner can choose the order to trigger and resolve those abilities. Chisel looks at the strength of the ice at the time its ability resolves, which will include Null’s effect if that was resolved first.

    If the Runner encounters a Tollbooth hosting a Chisel with 5 virus counters, do they still have to pay 3?

    If it’s the Runner’s turn, their “when encountered” abilities resolve first. Tollbooth is trashed by Chisel before the Runner has to pay, and its ability then cannot resolve.

Reviews

(system core 2019 perspective) Ever wanted to bang a piece of ice with a stick of toblerone until it shattered? Well now is your chance!

Synergies

I would like to think that this card and Femme Fatale are the best of buds. Femme takes care of ice that have high cost, high power and low number of subroutinrs, while toblerone takes care of the high cost, low power ice. Glacier decks beware! (Huh. Who was that? Probably just the wind

With enough deck recurrence such as Test Run and Retrieval Run, this card can be used to get rid of pesky low cost ice such as Afshar, Rime and Congratulations!. Heck, with enough deck recurrence, this card can be used to blast through low impact gear check cards such as Wall of Static and Enigma. You thought that one ice could protect your r&d for a few more turns? NOPE, your server is naked and I just played The Maker's Eye

Considerations

I feel like this card creates a really interesting set of questions to answer: Is this ice worth chiseling? Should the Corp spend his turn clearing virus counters if chisel is installed on an expensive piece of ice?

With this in mind, one of the keys of this card would be placing the Corp in a situation where cleaning the virus counters or leaving the counters be will both result in a situation that is pretty annoying for them the corp. How this can be achieved, well, I am a bit of a noobie so I don't know a good answer to that. Maybe threatening multiple servers, one with chisel and one with other resources, will be the best way for using this card.

Final thoughts

I would like to take a second to appreciate how well the art, name, flavor text and mechanic of this card go together. Kudos to NISEI for such a thought provoking and nicely designed card

(Downfall era)
Looks like you've got The Nihilist confused a bit. It places 2 virus counters on itself, not the virus program. —
Anyways, if we're really talking System Core 2019-only, then mention should be given to memory consideration. In the core, Anarchs are generally going to be stuck with 4 MU already being filled up: their 3 icebreakers and Sucker. Therefore, it's best to play this with a few Akamatsu MemChip slotted so you won't have to worry about MU issues ever. —
Oh dear, yes, for some reason I thought nihilist worked like Grimoire. I'll delete that part of the review. And yes, you are right, this guy will demand more memory to be used reliably —