But he is right. You may have a good time to up until 1300 elo with those clans (i would include mono La Junta in asianrepublic list too), but once you reach that, you will be facing more skilled opponents and there will be counters to this clans everywhere (except Rescue, but this week Anita is baned and that pretty much breaks them).
Freaks and Huracan specially are noob stompers (well, Huracan is a bit overkill now just because kinichaw, wich makes almost any duel a 50/50).
I would recommend play this week with half Berzerk, Graven, Elvis, Lola and Melanie. I guarantee you that a lot of top players are using this half. Graven is the best big 5 in ELO right now, great card.
I disagree with Rescue being "Gone" with Anita gone. If you've got Campbell + Kerry + Sledg Rescue got some other decent 3* Like Slyde + Daussone for example who can replace Anita pretty well.
I agree with everything else you said though, Graven really is a top card. I compare this card to Herman and I just think to my self if Herman was this solid he'd be banned. Graven is similar to Havok Sigurd Dorian which are all extremely good cards in my opinion.
Zack, this game I meant to b fun, who gives a sh*t how u get to the top as long as u get there/enjoyed getting there. I'm playing w pretty much every clan/combo of clans looking for what makes sense to me. If it makes me "unskilled" to use some of them who cares? I'm still winning n having fun doing it. Yes once u hit 1300 the game changes n maybe ur deck should too, but until then experiment n figure out what works n doesn't work for u. Just my opinion good luck