today I learn to play a glacier [startup]

Diogene 1739

Fairly simple and straightforward deck to learn about playing a Glacier deck in the Startup format.

Glacier are deck with 16 to 21 ices, which allow the player to have 3 ices on their scoring remote, R&D and HQ by turn 10 (midgame).

The ID is a source of pseudo credits, since you will be able to rez ices for much cheaper, as the runner start to run pass your bioroid ices (which account for 13 of the 16 ices). Eli 1.0 and Ravana 1.0 can be rez for zero .

The biggest trick of this deck is Ganked!. Making the runner go against an ice one more time than they intented really screw up their math. There are three cases where it bring in extra benefit.

  1. Against a Bran, it could allow you to install an ice clicklessly and maybe even end the run if the runner trigger Ganked! before the other cards. This is the least interesting.

  2. Encountering Tyr againt can let you do 2 brain damages and trash a runner card. This is huge and can really impact the runner. Pretty good.

  3. Encountering Ansel 1.0, if the runner does not have enough or , mean it will trigger entirely. Which mean that you get to trash a runner's card AND REINSTALL Ganked! from archive, which is then encountered again (from the new ruling 1.5). Then you rince and repeat until there is no more cards on the board for the runner, thus completely destroying the runner's board. This is EVIL but VERY impactful. I suggest that when you point out the ruling and force the runner to go throught this jank, you should be courteous and present this as a trick that is tough to pull off. We are all friends here :-)

Glacier

Otherwise, there is plenty of credits, with 6 agendas, 6 operations and 3 assets that bring you credits.

Of note, NEXT Activation Command is pretty good here, since it make bioroid ices not breakable by clicks, on top of being stronger and immune to Botulus and Boomerang. Inside Job still work, so beware of criminals.

Enjoy and be nice.

4 comments
14 Oct 2021 tzo

NEXT specifies that the runner can't use non-icebreaker CARDS to break subroutines. I believe that Bioroid ice can still be clicked though.

14 Oct 2021 ycarium

@tzo It is actually in the ruling for NAC that you cannot click through Bioroids. Just check the card page. :)

14 Oct 2021 webtalon

Another great deck Diogene, thanks for sharing

14 Oct 2021 tzo

Ah, the Bioroid Ice itself is a card, so it can't be used. Makes sense. Thanks!