So, since the big ELO discussion brought up the fact that way too many cards in the game never see play because nothing quite measures up to the staples, I'd love to have an "underused card appreciation thread". There are cards out there that you just put into your deck for missions or whatever reason and they won you more matches than any staple and have a special place in your heart.
For me there's a number of them:
1) Baby Q, 4* 6/6 SoB with -2/min 1 DR. You will aways, and I mean always see Ditha, Malicia or even the very underused 7 powered 4* girls and simply not put Baby Q into your deck.
What are you missing on? 6 damage for one pill, or someboy overpilling on a Sob Dr. LOL. Also, likely no freaks poison, lol.
2) Cheep - 8/2 +2 life bonus, stop: -3 dam/ min 1. Well, stop cards are vanilla cards most of the time, and this guy is bonus dependent to boot.
What are you missing on? A bloody annoying 8/4 wall which makes SoA pointless because what SoA means most of the time is no DR. He makes people play stupid - heck, you can actually pill against their SoA and win for ALL damage reduced, making a 4 gap and turning your hand into a 3 rond win one.
Gork - 7/8 SoA bonus with poison self for 2 min/4. XU52 has att manip, Mechakolos is a 1 hit KO. Otherwise people just don't use him enough.
What are you missin out on? Pretty much a bloody honey badger who doesn't give a f**k. Unconditiona 7/8 with SoA? Otherwise he kicks ass.
There was plenty of Treeman in elo last week, I'm not sure he's underrated. He's underpriced though because he was a relatively recent newblood and noone jacked his price to ridiculous levels. Also, I'm not sure when Treeman was in newbloods, but if it was a time when a new clan / clan leader was, his price is never going up withtout serious price jacking. It's kind of also why Kawamashi Cr, a playable card, isn't rising at all from measly 7000. He was in the newbloods togather with the rest of the initial berserk and people went nuts over Cortez (for whatever reason his price remainied unexplicably high for a loooong while). you should see what happens with not that awesome cards in those situations - the only reason Muntendon is selling at a whooping 225 is because I at one point bought - 10 000 of them. And sold 8000 to Kate for the same price I bought them for +tix. (don't ever do that kids, the web page crashes when you try to access them in collection pro and it would take you about 10 years to sell them).
And anywho, T-Gank isn't underrated, he's in every Vortex deck and is the strongest card in there, too.
A card I'm rapidly developing appreciation for is Zinfrid. He looks like a complete dope, no round winning at all, and if he get hit by SoA he's a 7/6 4*, if he gets hit by SoB he's a 7/7 4* and if he gets hit by Dr, well, depends on the dr, but you get the idea. If he doesn't get hit by anything and somehow hit, this guy GAPS. BUT! He'll always be hit by something and that's exactly what you want, really, kinda, sorta.
Deal is, most usefull FPC are sorta crippled by SoB or built to resist it somewhat which then costs them damage even when not hit by SoB. And most of them look like extraordinary stuff. Zinfrid is always the least threatening card in your hand, paradoxicaly. People look at him and think, meh, I'll just SoA/Dr/Att manip/pill against this guy - I'm more worried about "insert any other FPC". If you're leading with something that does less damage - "surely he's just baiting pills, he needs the pill advantage because Zinfrid needs pills". If you're leading with Zinfrid "surely this is a bluff because that insert random scarier FPC 5*" is just waiting to 1 shot me. If the other guy has a DR "Surely he's trying to bait my DR with ths dumb ole nuke, I'll just beat him with my nuke". "Ah, this dumb brick is all damge, I'll just DR him and let the noob wast his pills". "Surely he's going for a 1 hit KO with that Lost Hog, even a Lost Hog using noob like him sees that he's got only Zinfrid to win the game with and Zinfrid can't fight his way out of a paper bag". V fun.
On a simmilar note, grinding Lost Hog KO's for the mission is turning out to be incredibly fun. After having a load of fun with the Tatane mission (it's easier than people think, that thing does 7 damage) I'm beginning to think that there's only 2 kinds of FPC cards - scary/efficent looking and deadly. XD
I disagree that Flora is better because her ability is, essentially, a DR. That just means she's a card you can play with 1 pill and still achieve results. It's nice to have that option in your deck, but she's a throwaway card that can really only be maximized if your opponent opens the match playing first and you have a pill manipulation card or a poison card in your deck. Your opponent may pill thinking you'll use Baldovino or someone like that, but you instead throw out Flora for 1 pill. I get it, she can be useful as a bluff. But try using her after round 1 or 2 and you'll be at a huge disadvantage - this makes her very predictable.
I also disagree that Treeman is a poor man's Brody. Those extra 2*s in ELO goes a LONG way that you can put towards your other half deck or that can be used to up a 3* to a 5*. I have a hard time finding room for Brody in my deck with his star count.
Treeman isn't a poor man's Brody because he isn't scary. Brody is mainly dangerous because he control's the flow of the game looming over it with his big gap. He has other problems - he doesn't really do anything any roots 3* doesn't do allready (most of them a lot better) a 7/4 roots isn't all that much since most of their million 3* staples are improvements on that base. A 7/4 gheist actually has better round winning stats than.... any of their 3*! This makes Treeman filler, and Zero Dude a staple (sorta, I still don't like him all that much).
Another thing is that Treeman is only really usefull in ELO, since he gaps but doesn't help KO at all. The gheist guy does. So that's another thing.
If you don't believe me, just immagine the following - say the opponent has Brody and is attacking you. How do you react if you 100% surely know he is going to fury Brody and how do you react if he 100% surely is going to fury Brody? Not react in the sense of what you move is, but your reaction. Treeman can only do one of those. An 8/4 or 7/4 guy with no attack manip and no sinergy between ability and bonus (SoA means no damage reduction, damage as life means no damage reduction, basicaly) - that's not scary. Brody is ony in there to threathen (and maybe somethime actually perform as) a hard to prevent 12 life gap. Treeman can't possibly do that, which means they have very, very little in common in terms of function.