I was wondering why Bangers are frequently near the top of the ELO rankings but they really aren't seen in successful daily tournament decks. Do Jackie and Vickie make that much of a difference in whether to use Bangers or not? Or are the other decks so effective that it's not worth trying something different?
The same thing probably holds true for Pussycats and Gheist
I can see where they would. Bangers offer a large number of powerful cards and a good mix.
In Damage reducers you have: B Ball, Juicy Lord, and Vermyn N.
For control: Saddy, Graff, and the rarely seen Fifty (Mostly because Lennox and Willy are better 5 stars)
For power: Blaaster Kevin (yes, he's a sneaky power card but power just the same), Lennox, Vermyn N and Willie.
Their +2 power gives them muscle and dodges clans like All Stars keeping them on equal terms,
Even their 2 Stars like B Ball and Graff are quite formidable as 8 powers even without their abilities. Without Tanavera and Wee Lee, Ulu Watu couldn't keep up. Losing two of their 3 damage reducers in one fell swoop defeated the clan outright
Cats come in strong in ELO usually as a backup clan because of their bonus, as well as stronger damage reduction like Charlie and Ella. Without Baby Q and Wanda Cats lost a lot of their steam as a solo clan. Also since their best cards (Charle, Yayoi, Clara, are all high stars it makes it hard (and expensive since Yayoi and Charlie are often played as 3 and 4 star) to squeeze them into a 25 star deck.
Solo Cats biggest problem is they lack the hard hitters, and ability stoppers that they really need to compete in ELO.
I wouldn't say Vicki makes as much of a difference in the dailies. She is much less seen these days in favor of Edd, but since Lyse Teria CR is almost necessary for a solid Montana deck you won't see a good Montana as often.
Well, each clan has some strong points and weak points.
Bangers are good particularly in ELO because they have cards with high power/damage stats (but with high star levels). In ELO, you only need to win the match. Battle points are insignificant. this is not true for dailies.
Jackie and Rubie are a very potent 1-2 punch. Jackie, much like Zatman, is a tank. Dorian isn't seen as much except in the 26+ rooms. Frankie Hi is a mini tank which is really where Uppers excels. Their 4 best characters are horribly hard to punch though.
For some reason I'm also seeing Stanford a lot in the dailies. For 1 less damage and 1 less star you get Jim Cr who's main failing was that he is a 4 star which makes him too expensive for what he does. Samantha is also a popular choice since most people will just choose to ignore her rather than deal with her.
The other thing you have to consider is that ELO is a non random environment, which makes ALL the difference. High Power clans with strong abilities can really mop the floor with clans like GHIEST and Roots who all suffer from low powers.
Where GHIEST is a strong force in the dailies. Rescue tries (and generally fails) to dominate both ELO and the Dailies but as people have learned to overcome their silly Bonus, they are faltering.