Sorry, I disagree. (Personal opinion.) But here's why:
has 1 more damage and -4 more attack.
has 1 more power, which isn't a trivial thing.
Even in their own rights, without considering SoA, they seem about equal -- Don
has a pretty important edge in creating KO opportunities, but Belladone
is significantly better in high-pill fights, as well as vs SoB.
As far as stability vs SoA is concerned, Belladone
is amazing. Even with the trash hand you described above, you will almost certainly be able to 3-round your opponent. Hopefully you can do it in such a way that they can't land their big gap card to compensate. And honestly, what does Don
earn you in that situation? Just one more damage at the risk that your opponent actually beats him?
, and Flora
-- I would argue that cards like these are not Belladone
counters. I realize now that Yookie
got banned for an important reason... He was a SoA DR with good power. UR devs seem to want to keep SoA DR low-power, so they don't become too swiss-pocket-knife-y. All this low-power SoA DR can be a huge liability against strong attack manip, since it has a very good chance of contributing to losing 3 out of 4 rounds.
Mono SoA fighting a Montana
hand with Belladone
means they have a total of -55 attack to overcome. That is roughly like playing against someone who has 8 more pills. Consider that SoA power is often 6-7ish, and draw your own conclusions from there.