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This is a comparison of how many credits it would take to break all subroutines on every ICE (spoiled so far), by each compatible icebreaker.

I used byronczimmer's most excellent card list for card information and images.

The format of the list below is:
ICE (type, strength/number of subroutines)
Table of icebreakers and break costs

Notes:
IC = Ice Carver
- = impossible to break


Sentries

Shadow (sentry, 1/2)

Icebreaker
Mimic
Ninja + Wyrm
Crypsis
Ninja
Wyrm
Cost
2
3
3
5
7
With IC
2
2
2
2
6

Special


+one click or trash Crypsis



Neural Katana (sentry, 3/1)

Icebreaker
Mimic
Ninja
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
1
4
4
8
With IC
1
4
3
6
Special


+one click or trash Crypsis




Matrix Analyzer (sentry, 3/1)

Icebreaker
Mimic
Ninja
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
1
4
4
8
With IC
1
4
3
6
Special


+one click or trash Crypsis




Data Raven (sentry, 4/1)

Icebreaker
Ninja
Mimic + Wyrm
Crypsis
Wyrm
Mimic
Cost
4
5
5
10
-
With IC
4
1
4
8
1

Special


+one click or trash Crypsis




Ichi 1.0 (sentry, 4/3)

Icebreaker
Ninja
Mimic + Wyrm
Crypsis
Wyrm
Mimic
Cost
6
7
7
16
-
With IC
6
3
6
14
3

Special


+one click or trash Crypsis




Barriers

Ice Wall (barrier, 1/1)

Icebreaker
Corroder
Battering Ram
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
1
2
2
4
With IC
1
2
1
3

Special


+one click or trash Crypsis




Wall of Static (barrier, 3/1)

Icebreaker
Corroder
Battering Ram
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
2
2
4
8
With IC
1
2
3
6

Special


+one click or trash Crypsis




Wall of Thorns (barrier, 5/2)

Icebreaker
Battering Ram
Corroder
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
4
5
7
15
With IC
3
4
6
13

Special
retains strength for rest of run

+one click or trash Crypsis




Hadrian's Wall (barrier, 7/2)

Icebreaker
Battering Ram
Corroder
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
6
7
9
19
With IC
5
6
8
17

Special
retains strength for rest of run

+one click or trash Crypsis




Code Gates

Enigma (code gate, 2/2)

Icebreaker
VOC0
Gordian Blade
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
0
2
4
9
With IC
0
2
3
7

Special


+one click or trash Crypsis




Viktor 1.0 (code gate, 3/2)

Icebreaker
VOC0
Gordian Blade
Crypsis
Wyrm
Cost
0
3
5
11
With IC
0
2
4
9

Special

retains strength for rest of run
+one click or trash Crypsis





Chum (code gate, 4/1)

Icebreaker
Gordian Blade
VOC0 + Wyrm
Crypsis
Wyrm
VOC0
Cost
3
4
5
10
-
With IC
2
0
4
8
0

Special
retains strength for rest of run

+one click or trash Crypsis


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Ninja and battering ram look to be the best so far...
 
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These are, of course, the costs to FULLY break a given ICE given a chosen icebreaker, but does not take into account selective breaking.

I had been holding out until after the Runner Identity article (which I hope has favorite icebreakers and some viruses for Noise) to do a similar analysis since there are some critical missing pieces to the puzzle. Crypsis is obviously meant as the 'catch all', especially if the deck building example in the rules is correct with regards to the Criminal faction's lack of a Codegate Breaker.

I do note that overall, break costs with the representative icebreakers are relatively expensive.
 
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may want to include these:



( apologies for the quality of the images, they're pulled from a rather small source file )
 
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byronczimmer wrote:
These are, of course, the costs to FULLY break a given ICE given a chosen icebreaker, but does not take into account selective breaking.


Yes, absolutely.
The analysis gets more complicated when considering that some subroutines may be not worth breaking depending on the situation. Which is a good thing, IMO - it's a sign of a good game that it can't be reduced down to a spreadsheet.

For example, I probably wouldn't break Matrix Analyzer's subroutine if all I had is Ninja - I'd rather take the trace.

byronczimmer wrote:

Crypsis is obviously meant as the 'catch all', especially if the deck building example in the rules is correct with regards to the Criminal faction's lack of a Codegate Breaker.


I really like the newest version of Crypsis. It's cheap enough to make breaking pretty much anything with it affordable - however the extra click costs makes it prohibitive to use as your only icebreaker, especially late game when clicks are more valuable.
 
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byronczimmer wrote:
may want to include these:



( apologies for the quality of the images, they're pulled from a rather small source file )


Thanks

Not sure what the text on Voc0 says - looks like a decoder with subroutine break cost of 0, like Tinweasel in original Netrunner.
 
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gsigurd wrote:
byronczimmer wrote:
may want to include these:



( apologies for the quality of the images, they're pulled from a rather small source file )


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Not sure what the text on Voc0 says - looks like a decoder with subroutine break cost of 0, like Tinweasel in original Netrunner.


Or cost 1.

For now, that's the best image pull we have at this time.
 
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