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Facechecking is making a run into unrezzed ice in an attempt to get the Corp to rez that ice.

It's typical for the runner to facecheck the ice in front of HQ and R&D on their first few turns even if they probably won't be able to break it, except in situations where they suspect the ice may be very dangerous. They do this as a calculated risk to gain information about what the corp is playing, to determine what ice breakers they will need first, and to cost the corporation some credits.

A related term: when the runner facechecks ice, and it turns out to have dangerous subroutines that they are unable to break, they are said to have Faceplanted into that ice.

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