K2CP Turbine

K2CP Turbine 4[credit]

Program
Memory: 1 • Strength: -
Influence: 4

Each installed non-AI icebreaker gets +2 strength.

Every rig needs a power source. How about one with blades moving at Mach 2?
Illustrated by Ed Mattinian
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Parhelion (ph)

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I feel like this card is Busted. When it's on the table I cannot do anything to stop checking all my servers for pennies :/ The only chance is some Fast Advance with Biotic Labour + reshuffle with Spin or something.....

Endurance = Cleaver + Echelon + Buzzsaw + K2CP unfortunately. I defiinetly prefer some intresting ways to break ICE like Boomerang / Inside Job here you just break and check everything. This one feels boring + OP :/

(Parhelion era)

NSG had a time when the design team was trying to break the limits. Hence Endurance, K2CP, Tsakhia "Bankhar" Gantulga, Hermes were desigend to provide runner with uncoditional access to any servers.

I really feel that turbine is unbalanced. Compared to the other cards that offer credits for runs, such as Taka or Cezve, this one takes the cake. The ice strength suddenly falls off a cliff when this enters play.

I don't like this card. I think it warps the meta and is a bit of a one size fits all approach. It's gone from good stuff to best stuff with this card. Some might claim it's the fixed strength breakers but those are gated behind cumbersome boost costs. This card will typically save 3-6 credits per ice when using the icebreakers normally gated behind expensive boosting. Classic circumvention comes in the form of tools like Leech, Crew (i.e. taking tags) or something like monkey wrench which works on a single server.

This card bludgeons all of the other tools out of the way and this is all we see. Proponents claim this card keeps glaciers in check....yes while curbstomping any mid range ice based deck. Once a turbine comes out 80% of your ice is better to not even spend money on the rez. This will drive a lot of asset spam in the meta as players realize ice doesn't matter.

A more nuanced approach to toppling glaciers would be a card like Gebrselassie or Flame-out Adjusted Matrix and Dedicated Processor are the appropriate way to do boosting. I remember when The Personal Touch was a thing as well if we want perm boosts. Perhaps a series of "Seige" support breakers that grant +X str where X is the number of ice installed beyond the first piece.

Lots of more interesting ways to handle potential glacier issues without creating an Ice Doesn't Matter meta.

(Rebellion Without Rehearsal era)

or even a card like Takobi

One you discover this program, you'll be breaking ices for pennies. ANY non-AI breakers benefit from this. But the best past is that this is not a unique program. Once you put 2 of them on the board, you'll only need to pay to break subs, never to boost.

Here are some breaker that benefit a lot from having K2CP Turbine :

A special mention for Sunny Lebeau: Security Specialist full breaker suite, that would let you pay 2 to break any number of subs and possibly not cost you any MU.

And another mention for Begemot. Normally not splashed out of faction, with K2CP Turbine you could break ANY barriers for a single credit. Very impactful. Bonus if you use it along Basilar Synthgland 2KVJ.

Getting this installed with the help of Spark of Inspiration or World Tree makes this much more easy on the wallet.

Sadly for other factions, at 4 influences, it would be hard to use out of faction, but it would be worth it in my opinion, especially for Anarchs.

Art and quote goes together well and push forward the effect of the card, all of which is related to its name. Impressive in all aspects!

(Parhelion era)
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What about Chameleon. It's a quasi-AI without the AI subtype.