Drafter 3[credit]

Ice: Sentry
Strength: 3
Influence: 2

[subroutine] You may add 1 card from Archives to HQ.

[subroutine] You may install 1 card from Archives or HQ, ignoring all costs.

Each generation of design assistants makes a sysop’s job easier. They need only speak and it will be so.
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Uprising (ur)

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  • Updated 2020-04-10

    NISEI Uprising Release Notes [NISEI Rules Team]

    If the Corp installs a piece of ice with Drafter's second subroutine, can they force the Runner to approach the new ice by trashing Drafter and/or other ice protecting the attacked server as part of that install?

    No. The new ice must be installed in the outermost position protecting the server. Since the Runner already has a position relative to the other ice protecting the server, the new ice will necessarily have a position outward from the Runner. Trashing multiple ice does not allow new ice to "leapfrog" the Runner's position, but just moves the Runner 1 position toward the server for each trashed piece of ice that was inward from their earlier position.


The new Architect? Yes or No?


  • 1 credit cheaper so you can rez it for 3
  • You can get back any card from Archives, Hedge Fund anyone?
  • You can get 2 cards out of Archives
  • It's not that good in Assett spam decks


  • Trashable! This is a huge thing! Against Freedom Khumalo: Crypto-Anarchist I loved to have 2 ICE with the outermost being Architect so both ICE where protected against Hippo.
  • You can't install 2 cards
  • You can't peek into R&D
  • The art is worse ;-) especially compared to the full bleed Architect but I like it!

I think this is a Sentry to go for HB, the face check is punishing from the early game, sometimes from Turn 1. It's cheap for a Sentry and usually gives you forward tempo, by installing a Rashida Jaheem again, a trashed ICE or defensive Upgrade like Ash 2X3ZB9CY.
I have mixed feelings about it compared to Architect. The fact that it costs 1 less is something, that it let's you get back a card to hand is huge, especially in these Fully Operational HB lists, but it's also nice to use it again for even a Hedge Fund as it pays back itself this way.
It's worse in asset decks, as it only gives you 1 install

(Uprising era)

Very much agree with the con of it being trashable. The replacement architect we needed was not another recursion piece for HB, but another untrashable ICE (which there are NONE now in the game to my knowledge). Still good ICE for the price, though.

I think it's not part of the review, but I think with Akhet and Afshar are at least more ICE that you can't Hippo (Akhet with Advancements). But it still don't help you against apoc , which was one of the strong aspects of Architect.