Bye Hriger .
I no longer have a need for you thank to B16 Sestra .
Is her competition good? Sure. Is Hriger good?
Well, I never liked using him in the first place. His damage isn't a huge bonus , most GHEIST can dispense damage like no tomorrow, and -1 Pills isn't a huge payoff.
What's my issue with running GHEIST nowadays? When I open using them, my decks will have Arkn , Z3r0 Dead in 2* slot , ocassionally Mok . For 3's it's Klawz or Leviatonn .
Klawz or Leviatonn usually removes the need for Dr Ergo though I still prefer his allstop to Hriger ; it's less of a risky play.
But , I don't want to bait with Methane when opening GHEIST Turn 1 or Rolph for that matter. Mok is out of the question and I'd rather not use my Leviatonn either. Who can I use ? My only viable option is usually Klawz , Arkn or Z3r0 Dead and I prefer Arkn 's damage or low pill Klawz but either way , my lack of options is a bit annoying.
However , I honestly think B16 Sestra fills the opening turn gap as an 8/6 Courage SOA both has the power and SOA to push through it's damage, and it isn't as risky using Leviatonn / Klawz (they can easily pitch a garbage card against them ) , lets me save Rolph / Methane for threatening KO in later Rounds .
What am I getting at? A solid line-up : Rolph 5* , Methane 4* , B16 Sestra 4* , Arkn 2*(15*'s ) looks like an amazing elo half as does : Leviatonn 3* , B16 Sestra 4* , Methane 4* , Klawz 3* (14*'s ) OR Rolph 5* , B16 Sestra 4*'s , Z3ro Dead 2* , Mok 2* (13 *'s )
B16 Sestra in comparison to Methane isn't a contest. 1 less power for 1 more damage and not being tied to condition is more than a fair trade.
In comparison to Dr Ergo, his all-stop is enough to cover for the slightly lesser best stats.
Anibal or Sestra comes down entirely on whether you prefer better base stats or slightly easier ability to manoeuvre with.
And if Hriger didn't work for you before, it shouldn't have taken this long to replace him.
Courage is a bit of a killer for me for B16 Sestra. I usually use a number of turn-conditional cards like Shaun Shanya or Naliah, but that's because those cards don't become automatic holes in my hand when activating their ability is out of the question. If you run up against mono-GHEIST/Roots with Shaun it's no big loss because you still have a 9/4 3*. If you run up against the same hand with B16 Sestra then congratulations, you now have in your hand a giant neon sign that says "Fuck me hard when I use this".
Yet in the end, it's the ability to push the damage through, not just the damage.
Methane vs Hriger for me has always been a why bother moment, I'm pilling the same and neither helps me win, so I'd rather gain more from winning, and damage will usually help more than staying 1 pill ahead, my other cards should be able to handle it from there.
Dr Ergo isn't better for me , he's a conditional All Stop and 7 Power is common , so that means he's likely to lose because he went second , but on B16 Sestra 's turn she wins in a tie. Dr Ergo to me is almost equal to B16 Sestra .
Methane is - vs B16 Sestra .
Once again , Hriger is a classic example of , but it still won't help me win the round IMMEDIATELY .
Besides that , if I go second, that means that I can use her as a finisher, unlike Hriger .
If I go first, I can use less pills than I would have with Hriger and even though Hriger saps one pill, he still has to pill one more to win , and I also have the benefit of having 8 Power vs 7 . IE , I have an Immediate advantage, rather than one I MIGHT get.
Hriger is a card that relies on risk factor, similar to Methane .
You need to pill Hriger a bit more to win with him in the hopes of winning said round. If your opponent has say , Numar @ 5 Pills that is 50 Attack. That means you need 8 pills for Hriger to have a chance at beating their guessed 5 pills.
However, I only need 7 pills on B16 Sestra . And say your opponent max pilled and furied? Then Hriger loses more use.
We won`t convince you as you are biased against Hrieger but:
Against Soa clans or even half deck soa clans B16 is just weaker and there is no denying it
Against non Soa clans you have 2 turns when B16 is weaker and 2 turns when she MIGHT be better(Same dmg and most times you will still need to pill about same number of pills)
I will choose stabiliy of Hrieger over her always
B16 Sestra only does 4 damage half the time. Anibal is as useful on non-revenge turns as on revenge turns, because the opp doesn't expect Anibal without revenge and could allow a low-pilled 6 damage, when could you ever do that with B16 Sestra? If you don't want Hriger or Dr Ergo and need a second 4*, Anibal > B16 Sestra
I hear the no one ever expects Anibal line all the time; only people who can't do math can't see Anibal coming.
Frankly, Anibal is easy to see coming, and I'd rather have first turn useage.
Hriger does not have an ability that helps me win THAT Round. His 7 Power and -1 Pill is nice and all, but I prefer 8 Power that actually lets me win. Not go whoops, sorry Hriger , we lose against that 5 Pill Numar with 7 Pills . More like 7 Pills with B16 Sestra ? Oh look, we win. B16 Sestra provides an opening /Round 1 Play (Which Anibal CAN NOT DO ) (More solid of an opening than Hriger ) (More solid an opening than Methane ) (Dr Ergo is a waste using on Courage. ) so there goes that theory. Okay, so it's Round 2 and you have Anibal , but if you Zero'd say, Arkn and won Round 1 you suddenly can't use Anibal . In this case Dr Ergo and B16 Sestra are equal you could assume. Methane carries out the Round 2 Aggro perfectly. But lets say that Dr Ergo has Reprisal . Cool , now they just feed whatever card they want to him, or have a tough battle, but with 7 Power everywhere, suddenly you need to pill extra. . . ok then? Now, B16 Sestra has Courage(!) and you can continue your aggro. Some might say, but what good is she going to do? 8 / 6 with SOA is nothing to scoff at , I didn't have to lose a round or go second with 7 Power (you'll likely need to pill +1 with Dr Ergo to win) or I can have the advantage of Courage , 8 Power with SOA.
Also, 8 Power means I need 1 less pill when it counts.