Deck "Mono-Blue Cyber Lord Midrange"
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January 14, 2009
Subject: Posted: November 28, 2012 08:18 pm
No, that article was about the value of a card given by the Odds, and the odds means more than just having "less sucky cards" to go with it. It's also about what those cards are better at than how you are trying to obtain them, the relativity to what you are facing, the time at which you are supposed to play them, and so forth.
Hokira is still not a good card, because the entire point of mass and/or continuous draw is to get a wide variety of options constantly, but if all of them are the same thing you are strategically very narrow, as opposed to just using some other kind of draw in a more solid deck.
In fact, it can even be said that because Cyber Lords are better now that Hokira becomes worse, because one just tends to add a lot of the better ones, and with Neuron around they have just the right amount of draw, so there is less incentive to get Hokira as opposed to more cards that give depth to the deck.
In strategy games, EVERYTHING is about timing, so the problem with Hokira is the condition for the activation, having to play all those CL through removal and make sure they stay, then waste the turn on Hokira which is just a bad vanilla when you play it, it costs 5 on top, live through the opponent's turn to activate it, etc. With the ease of removal currently in the game and the very dangerous things the opponent can do to further his strategy at those same turns the value of this drops further. And man Hokira is so easy to delay, bounce alone can make attempting the tactic over and over a big disadvantage. And then all the extra Cyber Lords you may have gotten from the draw won't particularly help you catch up with their effects.
Incidentally, mono decks, especially Blue ones, are primarily assault decks, that's their natural advantage: speed and cohesion. I see you made changes towards that direction since I played you and they are good. But that's exactly the decktype where slow pace cards like Hokira and even high cost ones don't pay off, even Reef Gladiator, so those are some other things to go.
Yeah, that's basically the short version of it...
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