There's a very interesting mathematical analysis around this card in my opinion. At first I considered each combination of possible card splits as all the possibilities this card allows you, but then I noticed that each investigator draws the cards dealt to them one at a time (presumably in mythos phase order), which means you technically also get to choose the order you draw all the cards you deal to yourself. This makes the possibilities explode even further. In other words, the order of the cards matters, and without loss of generality all we have to do is combine all the possible orders of the cards with all the possible choices of who can be assigned cards:
- One investigator. (A). 1 possibility
- Two investigators. (AB, ) or (A, B). 2 orders x 2 assignments = 4 possibilities.
- Three investigators. (ABC, , ) or (AB, C, ) (x2, one for each person) or (A, B, C). 6 orders x 4 assignments = 24 possibilities.
- Four investigators. (ABCD, , , ) or (ABC, D, , ) (x3, one for each person) or (AB, C, D, ) (x3, one for each pair) or (A, B, C, D). 24 orders x 8 assignments = 192 possibilities.
The math is obviously less impressive if you don't particularly care about the order that you draw the treacheries, but it's still really good:
- One investigators. 1 possibility.
- Two investigators. 3 possibilities. (Goes from 2, 2 to 1, 2).
- Three investigators. 13 possibilities. (Goes from 6, 12, 6 to 1, 6, 6).
- Four investigators. 73 possibilities. (Goes from 24, 72, 72, 24 to 1, 12, 36, 24).
Either way you choose to look at it, this card explodes the possibility space at higher counts. The only caveat I'd make with the math here is that it doesn't account for duplicate treacheries which will heavily cut down your options. Even still, at 4 players or even 3 players I think you need to have a very strong reason to not take this card. The main killer in this game is tempo, whether that's not having enough time to do everything before doom runs out, or not having enough actions to deal with all the threats before you become defeated. First Watch, for a ridiculously low cost, can buy you an entire Mythos phase worth of tempo. Daisy won't care about that Rotting Remains, give it to her; let's have Mark draw the ghoul so he can kill it in one shot; let Diana cancel that Frozen in Fear no one wants to deal with, you get the jist.
Who should take it? Anyone with access at 4 players, full stop. I think the card is really that good. Do you like The Gold Pocket Watch? This is kind of like a non-exceptional mini version of that. At 3 it's a bit hazier but still amazing, and I think it's worth making sure you include a copy or two. At any counts below that the card is basically useless and not worth running at all.
If you want some particular investigators:
- Diana Stanley can throw something to cancel onto her.
- Zoey Samaras and Leo Anderson have great statlines to stand up to the encounter deck.
- Mark Harrigan and William Yorick love having more enemies to fight.
- Tony Morgan can use it to throw tests at his friends while taking out a few bounties for himself.