Well the daily tournament thing is my own style. I play at my very best when i am going fast one battle after another and everything is just flowing win lose or draw. So if i play in elo with the view of getting far in a daily tournament i am playing at my best and not focusing on elo scores which really helps. Over thinking can be your downfall or at least mine anyway.
With regards to Cley he is an interesting card. If it wasn't for his bonus he would be regarded as useless because soa would kill him. However i find him to be of good effect If you play someone like Sasha or Sandro to combat your opponents big hitting opener then normally it is a win for you due to their abilities. Common procedure after a first round like that since you haven't caused alot of damage and you can't win by 2hitko is to damage reduce or not pill on your next card. Throw 2 pillz on Cley at this stage and if you pull it off losing should no longer be an option. If it doesn't work then it's still not game over and you might have saved yourself a damage reducer that will come in handy for the 3rd round which will then activate your revenge cards to kill in the 4th. That's only one scenario but i think it can be agreed it is a common one.