while your second point about reduction cards like Oshitsune and Tula is accurate, I'd like to argue that Wardom is better than XU52 in your first situation: "A first round victory with Z3r0 D34d and an XU52 in your hand = opponent will need clean panties"
a first round win with Z3r0 D34d with Wardom in your hand can be even better imo. First of all if you lose the second round Wardom's revenge will be activated and you will still be able to ko. If your opp opens the third round, they will still have to guess whether you play him that round or in the fourth. Plus your opp will be expecting you to throw the second round, so you can play minimal pillz in the second and win it, and then win with Wardom without the revenge ability activated.
All in all I like Wardom better