When would you ever waste Bogdan
on turn 1 against Nightmare
? Again, SOA is almost never best played on turn 1.
Even against pure walls, Grudj
can come out ahead, or at least pressure your opponent to commit pills. If you have Grudj
, several scenarios can end up in your favor: you win, your opponent is damaged and poisoned, and you end up with some pills to work with. If your opponent plays poorly they have wasted their best wall as well as a commitment of pills.
Everyone knows the logic that it's better to win with pill manipulators than bluff with them. But that only makes bluffing with pill manipulators even more effective.
But think of it this way: what character would Grudj
likely draw on turn 1? A pure wall, SOA or a 2* concession. That's a strategic win for you.
What type of characters would Bogdan
likely draw on turn 1? SOB, bonus based walls, 2* concessions or DR nukes like Marina
. Not so much of an advantage.
Sorry, but the matchups where Bogdan
is better than Grudj
rarely come up turn 1. The point of playing a Freak character is to play them on turn 1. Again, on paper SOA seems more valuable than +2 pills but not on turn 1. Bogdan
is a rare 8 power SOA, but 1) you can find SOA on Qubik
and 2) poison + pill manipulation (non-defeat) is even more rare than 8 power SOA. It is found on 3 total characters and of the three, Grudj
is by far the most ideal for ELO