Cayambe Grid (most likely named after the Ecuadorean city or volcano Cayambe) is the new defensive upgrade for Weyland. Runners happily rejoice though as this grid doesn’t boost horizontal Weyland decks further.
No, instead Cayambe Grid will be helping glacier decks achieve an alternative strategy to win alongside heavily fortified remotes. The grid goes best in Builder of Nations, SSO Industries, or even an ID like Tennin who look to run ice that already have synergies from advancements. Its first effect can be a double economic whammy – providing economy to Corps through cards like Mass Comm while taxing Runners more to boost strength for applicable ice.
For IDs that already have the capability of advancing their ice, Cayambe Grid’s second effect provides an excellent additional defensive tax that a Corp can spring on a Runner as soon as the encounter with the innermost ice begins. In this way, Cayambe Grid is similar to the defensive ability of Giordano Memorial Field as well as sharing its rez and trash costs. However, it has the additional advantage of being able to control when and how frequently the ability procs. It’s up to the Runner to steal agendas to activate Giordano but a Corp themselves can control when and how many ice they advance giving Cayambe Grid the slight edge over Giordano in my opinion. Looking forward to this card’s eruption in the meta.
>Cayambe Grid having a slight edge over Giordano is a vast understatement in my opinion. Giordano can prevent the runner from getting in but Cayambe also helps you in building your scoring server.— Aterriblesound