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 )
I have 2 SOA clans and 2 Skeelz cards ( Lorna (Sometimes Played) , Liam (Rarely Played) , Aigwon (Almost Never Played ) )
In the SOB Clans there is Glorg (Semi-frequently seen) , Amiral Coco (Seen Frequently) , Kristin ( Sometimes Played ) , Dieter (Almost Never Played ) , Baba ( Sometimes Played but his courage can't stop B16 Sestra 's ) , Spycee ( Almost Never Played ) and Betelgeuse ( Semi-frequently seen) .
While Hriger might fare better against them, in the long run B16 Sestra is more solid against the other clans imo and there are very few SOB Clan All Stops to tackle this card.
Hriger more solid is a matter of opinion, because I'd rather have solid power than an ability that might help me even out the odds.
7 x 8 = 56
7 x 9 = 63
8 x 8 = 64
Is a prime example of the difference because at 10 pills to beat an 8 Power equivalent on 8 pills Hriger still doesn't keep the difference lower than B16 Sestra . Hriger 10 to 9 pills vs B16 Sestra 8 to 8 (Courage means they went first and win thanks to that) So there is an uneven pill math for you which shows that the higher stats kind of helps out more.
At this point I don't think we are going to convince you so go try out the new card.
I would add that courage abilities are impossible to hide from SOA. If someone is using a half deck SOA clan or a card like glorg you can still get hriger or methane in for a hit because there is the question of if you will use that card when your opponent goes first.
The difference is marginal , but I want to point out that I AM biased against Hriger. (Lots of bad moments with this card)
But another thing I'd like to say, is that B16 Sestra deals with non SOA clans better than Hriger imo
Also, she works better as an Opener when you have an 8 / 6 SOA charging at you first turn , not much you can do : SOA? Hah! SOB? Is that an All Stop in your hand? COB ? Sure, won't help here. DR? Hahahahah!
But, when I look at Hriger , he isn't that threatening to be honest , and he usually gets overpilled (5-7 seems to be what most people put him on) and I'll usually let him pass for 2-3 Pills if I have an attack manip clan or I'll beat over with a Power Manip card for 5 pills. 9 x 6 (Ulu Watu card ) @54 vs 49 attack from Hriger.
I personally don't see this card as comparable to Anibal besides the 8 / 6 since Anibal needs you to lose , it won't be going on R1 with Courage or not, Anibal is no help if you win R1 and want to keep up offense , but B16 Sestra can still help pushing.