One of the only ices in the game which is both a fierce facecheck and wildly efficient. It has no bad matchups* and in glacierish decks it is almost always useful.
- Even with no other ice in its server, it's a reasonable early rez against a 0-trace runner. (In tournaments roughly 75% of runners are base-0).
- With one other ice, it is numerically comparable to Mausolus (itself a great ice). It'll cause a 4+ credit impact if they have a breaker and a 6-8 credit impact if they do not.
- With 2+ other ice it is usually one of the most expensive ice in the game to break conventionally and its subroutines are must-breaks.
Pairs well with ANY other ice and generates unusual amounts of value out of cheap ice installations.
*Except Tao (3% of runner decks) and possibly Smoke (9%). In addition, a few runners have a base link which makes Surveyor less valuable early. But... if you're using Surveyor, you're probably pretty well-stocked on cheap ice, so you should have early options.