Steve Cambridge: Master Grifter

Steve Cambridge: Master Grifter

Identity: G-mod
Deck size: 45 • Influence: 15 • Link: 0

The first time each turn you make a successful run on HQ, you may choose 2 cards in your heap. If you do, the Corp removes 1 of those cards from the game, then you add the other card to your grip.

Yeah. I’m thinking I’m back.
Illustrated by Benjamin Giletti
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System Update 2021 (su21)

#14 • English
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  • Updated 2023-03-25

    Does Steve Cambridge’s ability do anything if there are fewer than 2 cards in the heap?

    No. Choosing 2 cards in the heap is a nested cost because it is followed by “If you do”. If the Runner cannot pay the cost in full, the rest of the ability does not resolve.

  • Updated 2023-03-25

    If the Runner plays Jailbreak or another run event to make a successful run on HQ, can they choose that event as one of the cards for Steve Cambridge’s ability?

    No. An event that initiates a run is not fully resolved until that run is complete, and thus is in the play area, not the heap, at the time Steve Cambridge’s ability resolves.

  • Updated 2023-03-25

    Can the Runner choose to look at the top card of R&D with Find the Truth before using Steve Cambridge?

    Yes. Both abilities meet their trigger conditions at the same time, so the Runner chooses the order to resolve them.

  • Updated 2023-03-25

    If the Runner returns Utopia Shard to their grip with Steve Cambridge, can they then install Utopia Shard?

    No. In order for Utopia Shard to install itself with its ability, it must already be in the Runner’s grip at the time the ability would meet its trigger condition.


I'm actually surprised Steve has no reviews. Guess I'll be the first to comment on how powerful he is.

Before he got rotated out, Steve was a big part of my LGS meta. If you weren't running , you were instead playing Panic (but don't actually hang him) to host Steve, and for good reason. Recycling cards is powerful as the Runner; there's a reason why Levy AR is restricted. The only downside to his ability is that the Corp picks which card you get back while the other is RFG'd. One of the guys at my LGS would actually say "Sure Gamble or Sure Gamble?" when forcing the Corp to let him recycle a Sure Gamble. Steve is immensely powerful in any deck simply because you can recycle basically anything; it just depends on what the Corp deems to be more dangerous to let you keep. The only stipulation is that it's only for the first run on HQ each turn. Of course, Criminals know how to bypass your ice. The fact they can recycle any of their cards, especially those with powerful trash abilities, should be scary for any Corp player.

So why Steve over other another Criminal? Someone like Los or Nero would have a decent one-per-turn ability, but after a certain point, Los is as blank as an after-game-start Val, and Nero, in my opinion, is more for face-checking. Gabe has a decent ability of his own (and is a great teaching tool for Runners), but after a certain point, the credits aren't as useful as getting certain cards back, especially in the late game when you need another Sure Gamble or a previously trashed program or hardware. Of course, you could play my least favorite Runner ever, but I refuse to discuss her. Of course, you can only play Steve in the Eternal and Snapshot formats now. Considering how big he was at my LGS, I kind of hope Steve gets cycled back in sometime in the future.

(Uprising era)

A cool John Wick quote here? The art on the old card lookd a lot like Reeves in Matrix, while the new art looks like him in the John Wick series. Also, if I'm not mistaken Wick has a line that goes exactly "Yeah, I'm thinking I'm back"...

I would just like to add that this card is known to be a good mid to late game option (shoutout to Andrej). Especially when paired with DJ Fenris

You start with something like Hoshiko or Adam and when you need your Inside Job or any other run event you can get it back for the win. Just slap DJ Fenris on the table and go down to recursion town.

Edit: easterncalculus noticed I mentioned another criminal ID when using Fenris. I somehow skipped that.

(The Automata Initiative era)

Just as a heads up, you can't use DJ Fenris for Steve's ability if you're playing Sable - it has to be a different faction.