Pinhole Threading

Pinhole Threading 1[credit]

Event: Run
Influence: ○○○○

Run any server. If successful, instead of breaching the attacked server, access 1 card in the root of another server. If that card is an agenda, you cannot steal or trash it during this access.

Neneciğim would be proud.
Illustrated by Bruno Balixa
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Midnight Sun (ms)

#13 • English
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Midnight Sun
Rulings
  • Can the Runner trigger Aumakua’s ability with the access from Pinhole Threading?

    No. Pinhole Threading replaces breaching the attacked server, and the access it grants is not a breach, so it does not meet Aumakua’s trigger condition regardless of whether the accessed card is trashed.

  • Can the Runner trigger Kasi String with the access from Pinhole Threading by running Archives?

    No. Pinhole Threading replaces breaching the attacked server, and the access it grants is not a breach, so it does not meet Kasi String’s trigger condition regardless of whether the accessed card is stolen.

  • The Runner uses Pinhole Threading to access Ganked! and is forced to encounter ice. Both the attacked server and the accessed server are protected by Border Control. Which paid ability among the Border Controls can the Corp use to end the run?

    The access from Pinhole Threading doesn't change the attacked server, so the Corp can only use the Border Control protecting the server where the run was made, not the server where Ganked! was accessed.

  • The Runner uses Pinhole Threading to access Ganked! and is forced to encounter ice. If the Runner is tagged, can the Corp gain credits from Henry Phillips during that encounter? Where would Henry Phillips need to be installed for this to work?

    The access from Pinhole Threading doesn't change the attacked server, so abilities like Henry Phillips that apply “during a run on this server” only apply for cards in the root of or protecting the server where the run was made. The ability would be able to resolve successfully even though the subroutines being broken are on ice protecting a different server. Conversely, a copy of Henry Phillips in the root of the server where Ganked! was accessed would not be able to meet its trigger condition.

  • If the Runner uses Pinhole Threading to run a central server, can they use credits hosted on Cezve to trash an asset in the root of a remote server?

    Yes. The run is still on a central server.

Reviews

This is going to be the de jure tech card for years to come. It efficiently solves multiple problems, whether that's checking for agendas in tall remotes, trashing defensive upgrades, or eliminating early econ assets. It's also especially good for Apoc/DD decks to get rid of Crisium. I think every runner deck can run 1-2 of these and feel happy about the decision.

(Midnight Sun Booster Pack era)

Honestly a bit surprised it's only 1 influence.

This card does a LOT of work.

  1. It's one of the best options for trashing killer assets like Rashida or Daily Quest, even better than Boomerang (Pinhole is a click cheaper, a $1 cheaper, and can sidestep multiple ice). Early game, the efficiency is noticeable. It also handles exotic situations like Anansi and Acme Data Wards much better.
  2. This is probably the best expose or expose-like effect printed in years. You save a lot of money every time you *don't* have to run on a scoring remote. Only Falsified Credentials comes close for gathering intelligence, and Pinhole works harder to keep a scoring remote from getting out of hand.
  3. Pinhole's solid if you need to snipe a key upgrade like Anoetic Void or Mamegarm Skunkworks on a server of death. (It also makes it much easier to land Apocalypse on a player who has Crisium Grid installed, this is probably collateral damage).
(Midnight Sun Booster Pack era)