You could use cards to mitigate damage but these are really not my style i try
I prefer Selma or dahlia over bloodh, ahkab is good too but maybe harder to use but a pretty good deck.
Selma is better if you already have cards which rely on being used early
Dahlia if you don't
I really don't like nellie
Bloodh > Ector ( 7/6 immune to most dr-s with the same power as bloodh )
Nellie > Dorian ( much more reliable, clearly worth the +1 star )
Samatha > Ruby ( again considerable upgrade soa is more important, 5/2 can't be taken seriously, not the best on offense but can really punish weak rounds from your opponents, ability based soa is in demand )