Konjin

ICE: Mythic - Psi • Rez: 3 • Strength: 3 • Influence: 3

When the Runner encounters this ice, you and the Runner secretly spend 0credit, 1credit, or 2credit. If you and the Runner spent a different number of credits, you may force the Runner to encounter another rezzed piece of ice. (When that encounter ends, if the run has not ended, finish encountering this ice.)

"The Konjin dons the mask of our fears, but what lies underneath?"
-Lat
Jinteki • Krembler • Uprising 109
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Konjin
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Konjin is a really interesting piece of ice. A third of the times the runner encounters it, it is going to do absolutely nothing but force a Psi game, but two in every three encounters you'll get to have the runner encounter the most dangerous or taxing piece of ice you have rezzed. It's somewhat unreliable, but this is kind of like getting a piece of ice two thirds as good as your best ice for only 3. Definitely a good deal for any glacier deck with huge ice like Chiyashi!

There are some pretty scary ways runners can beat Konjin, though. Hunting Grounds blanks it once per turn, and Hippo can trivially trash it (breaking no subroutines means you broke all of them). I doubt Konjin will be the centrepiece of any ice suite anyway - that's more likely to be the expensive ice you're copying with it - but its worth considering its placement carefully to avoid stuff like Hippo.

Finally, Konjin makes possible a three server Mythic ice combo with Mother Goddess and Loki. With exactly these three ice rezzed, you can have two servers be impenetrable to traditional (Fracter, Decoder, Killer) breakers, and a third server secure 2/3rds of the time. Thankfully Mom is rotated now so we won't see this in Standard, and I'm not convinced its reliable enough to stand up to the crazy kinds of things runners can do in Eternal.

(Uprising Booster Pack era)
Neat little today for Nisei Division! —

also murders Kit in the face. She burns her encounter on Konjin, then has to encounter something scary without her ID ability :O