This is a very interesting card. Play it turn 1 or 2 to force the Corp to decide if they want to defend HQ or R&D and / or give you potential free access on the other Central especially if no Hedge Fund was played so far. On top it takes away the surprise factor and facecheck punishment, additionally in the early game crims can use Special Order to fetch the correct breaker to increase the pressure. On top it might enable Emergency Shutdown so corp rezzes ICE on Remote, you run HQ for free and derez it. So in this it's similar to Maxwell James and both have different purposes.

Playing against Archer this is nice, does the corp want to rez it, when you are not facechecking it? Probably no and if yes, it might prevent you from getting in, but without the corp getting 2 creds and you loosing potentially 2 breakers.

When the Corp tries to score an Agenda, like: Install, Advance, Advance, this card shines. You know they will likely use their creds to defend the remote. Usually you use this point in time to get free / cheap access to HQ and / or R&D. But with an FAO in hand you could use it put them in a lose lose position. You rez the ICE I get the agenda, you don't and you might need to find another ICE to protect this server. On top if the runner runs on a central in such a situation, the ICE might be crippling him and it might become impossible to run the remote (e.g. rezzing Tollbooth might make them lose the creds to install Paperclip & break Vanilla, but not anymore with FAO).

Also in the late game it can create such situations as it might remove 1 ICE from a central and you know the one rezzed is easy to break. But of course there it's more important to wait for the right moment to use it. Of course Los: Data Hijacker makes this even more interesting as it means he get's his ID ability creds without running so it's an auto include combined with Rubicon Switch he can get crazy.


I've been teaching and playing Netrunner with my wife in a Cache Refresh environment, and we've found that Berserker can pull a lot of weight there. Paperclip will be out of that environment very shortly, so this may very well be the go-to fracter.

Also, I have a pet theory that this, Street Magic, and Persephone are all the embryonic form of an Anarch sub theme of screwing around with subroutines. I'll eat a copy of Leviathan if we don't get an Anarch card that adds subroutines to ice by the end of our next cycle.


This card got a new best friend named Bryan Stinson and thus it creates multiple win win situations. It's a must trash asset which is good and on top it's a trap you can't ignore. When you get it into a taxing remote you win either by the runner not running it and you can bankrupt him or by running it and bankrupting himself with your taxing ICE + the trash costs, either is fine from the corps point of view. The runner losing 4 Credit's per Advancement is great too.
On top of that when you have bankrupted the runner you can fire cards with Bryan Stinson like :

And especially in Cerebral Imaging: Infinite Frontiers you can fire cards like:

so in CI you can trigger them both in one turn, making them incredible strong and dangerous. Thus you can find them in the World Championship Deck 2017.


Short flavour review/language lesson: Damon Stone said in a podcast interview that this was the card through which he inserted himself into the game, since Damon and Bellamy both mean "friend" and masons work with stone. In actual fact, though, "Damon" comes either from Greek δάμων meaning "tamer" (well-attested name in ancient Greece, cf. MdGr "δαμάζω", "I tame"), or from "δαίμων" which roughly meant "god or deity" and later, in Christian times, came to mean "demon". Mason Bellamy is still close enough though :)

Cool story bro. —

We use ice on our servers. More runners should ice their own rigs.

Be careful what you wish for, Keegan. If you're not, every Shaper (and some Criminals) might start packing Sacrificial Construct, and every Anarch deck will run the conspiracy breakers. And if that happens, you'll be completely useless and out of a job.

Our buddy Keegan has always had a bit of a rough go of things. He's free program trashing, but only on the condition that the runner has taken a tag from some piece of ICE or has decided/been forced to float tags in some other way. If the runner is floating tags, you probably have a better way of winning the game than trashing a program. If you stashed Keegan behind a Data Raven, then you're relying on the runner choosing to take the tag, and you're hoping that whatever program you trash has enough of an impact to swing the game heavily in your favor. Thoth admittedly makes this a little more likely by forcing the tag, but then you had to pay 7 to rez Thoth. All of this is assuming the runner hasn't "iced their rig" with SacCon or made it resilient to program trashing by running the conspiracy breakers/Clone Chip.

As if that wasn't enough trouble, Keegan also has to throw the runner a bone and remove a tag, saving them a click and two credits (or three, if you're SYNC). In a meta where everyone runs Criminal decks with single copies of each icebreaker and doesn't play SacCon, Keegan is probably an above average card. In most metas, he's extremely situational and, as odd as it is to say for a program-trashing effect, probably a little underpowered.

If you want to trash programs, you should probably stick with the vastly more flexible Marcus Batty.

As I see it, putting Keegan Lane behind Data Raven is something where you want an ETR ice behind Data Raven. Then he acts as more of a temporary way to make the ETR really strong while you get your agenda scored. —
I get how he's supposed to work in theory. But playing Keegan that way makes you sit around waiting for a positional three card combo plus some agendas to score off of it, while the runner has ample time to get set up and hammer centrals. On top of that, if the ETR you're using is a barrier, their fracter is probably Paperclip, which basically makes Keegan remove one tag to cost the runner four credits. He's incredibly situational, and he slows you down by being a dead card in most realistic scenarios. On top of the stuff I mentioned, Hunting Grounds and Femme Fatale just ignore the Data Raven tag and render Keegan useless, and Inside Job gets by the Raven to trash Keegan. Every major faction has, and is likely to play, something that neuters Keegan. That's a pretty bad place to be for a card that's already situational. —
Good points... —