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Femme fatale costs 9 to install and I am struggling to figure out why it costs so much. The card has the ability to render a piece of ice fairly useless by allowing you to break its subroutines by paying one coin. However, I can also do that with other, cheaper, better icebreakers. I am just a little confused on why it costs 9.

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As a general comment, Killers (i.e. Sentry breakers) are universally fairly expensive/inefficient. That's a fairly common design feature of these programs. –  Johno Feb 4 at 11:33

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Honestly I think that ability is just the answer. It's a decent sentry icebreaker (filling a slot, albeit at a high cost), but a great counter to ice like these. Just imagine Corp plays a Wotan, and suddenly you bust out a Femme Fatale. Anyway, you probably don't want to use FF anyway without some sort of ability to help you install it cheaper. :)
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I think Andrew is correct. It is multi-purpose as a decent general Sentry breaker, but - when targeted - becomes an excellent breaker for extremely hard to get through ICE. As Andrew mentions, there are also ways of installing it for less credits (e.g. modded), AND there are ways of retargeting it for free (e.g. scavenge). So, even if the ICE you originally target loses its appeal (maybe by mid-game you are no longer interested in running R&D or something), paired with a few other cards, it remains useful. –  Twitch_City Feb 4 at 1:49
    
One other comment: You should note that Femme "bypasses" subroutines, it does not "break" them. So, some card effects can still hurt you - even if you use Femme to prevent all the subroutines (e.g. Chum will hit you for 3 net damage if you use Femme) –  Twitch_City Feb 4 at 1:53
    
Oh, great point. I did not realize that about "bypass". :) Skeptical, I tried to find a way to refute you, but in fact FF says "When you encounter...", while Chum says "The next piece of ice the runner encounters...". So you are totally correct. Interesting stuff! –  Andrew Vandever Feb 4 at 2:05
    
So when it says bypass...does that mean regardless of strength I only need to pay for the subroutines? –  johnsoe Feb 4 at 16:27
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Femme is also great for avoiding ICE that have effects outside of subroutines, like Tollbooth. Being able to avoid that kind of ICE entirely is pretty valuable. –  Ellesedil Jun 12 at 20:58

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