Henry Wan

This card is usually terrible, and needs support to be worthwhile. See the argument below to help understand why this is true. Support would be: campaigns/games with less of the negative tokens AND cards that can cheaply and repeatedly alter the outcome of a token draw (such as Wendy Adams).

The cumulative odds of continuing to draw favorable tokens, using the standard difficulty Night of the Zealot chaos token pool is:

  1. 0.6875
  2. 0.458333333
  3. 0.294642857
  4. 0.181318681
  5. 0.105769231
  6. 0.057692308
  7. 0.028846154
  8. 0.012820513

This suggests that on average, you will get slightly less than 2 tokens before failing. Assuming you pass each draw, the chance of not drawing a negative symbol on each token draw is:

  1. 0.6875
  2. 0.666666667
  3. 0.642857143
  4. 0.615384615
  5. 0.583333333
  6. 0.545454545
  7. 0.5
  8. 0.444444444
  9. 0.375
  10. 0.285714286

Strategies and outcomes:

A. If you always stop drawing after 1 token, you will succeed 69% of the time, which is terrible because you get less than one resource or card per action.

B. If you always stop drawing after 2 tokens, here is the likely distribution:

  1. Around half the time, you will pass 2 tests in a row
  2. Around 1/3 of the time, you will draw a fail token right away and get nothing.
  3. Around 1/6 of the time, you will pass the first test and fail the second and get nothing This averages to little less than 1 resource per action, which is still awful.

C. If you always stop drawing after 3 tokens, here is the distribution:

  1. Around 70% of the time, you get nothing because you fail either 1, 2 or 3, and the other 30% of the time you get 3 resources, a little less than 1 resource per action (terrible).
jmmeye3 · 115
Poor Henry. He's just not good enough to catch a break. This basically confirmed my instinct about this card. He might be worth a gamble if it was gain resources and draw, or maybe if it was a free trigger instead, but an action is just too much to spend on that level of risk - even with, say, Wendy it's not worth it to use her ability since you would need to pitch a card, trading a -1 successful draw for a <1 average gain. As it is, he only has some stupidly near-broken potential if you could somehow manipulate most (or all?) of the bad tokens out of the bag. — pneuma08 · 21
I think the one thing you could say about Henry is his ability gives you the option to gain a bunch of resources now, which if you really meed that many resources you probably built the deck wrong anyway. His soak isnt bad for the price also, but that’s a terrible reason to run any ally. Rogue allies are not particularly strong anyway, so it says a lot that Wan is probably the worst one. — StyxTBeuford · 158
Sorry, I made a typo. Instead of “This suggests that on average...” it should read “This suggests that half the time...” The website did not allow me to edit the review. — jmmeye3 · 115
Good review for a terrible card. I think the only reason to take Henry is to troll your friends. — cb42 · 16
Coup de Grâce

The most amazing thing about this card is that 5 point-blank shots to the skull deals only 1 damage. Who wants to pay 2 resources for an effect endowed in every investigator (to attack for 1)? And to top it off, your turn is now over. Terrible.

jmmeye3 · 115
Still a worthwhile consideration if you'd otherwise run Overpower. Testless damage is nice. — StyxTBeuford · 158
Testless damage, and card draw? On a harder difficulty, the testless damage could come in handy. — cb42 · 16
You forgot the fact that the damage is testless...and that you can hit with this aloof enemies... — Alogon · 23
Decoy

From the suit of favor cards (Decoy, Intel Report and Small Favor) Decoy is a relative step down from Intel Report.

Evading is not a typical issue for a , so that's already unfavourable, it also will not affect elites unlike Cunning Distraction. Finally, because the Evade text is Bolded it will not provoke attacks. So, a breakdown:

  • 1 evade at the cost of 1 action, a card and 2 resources is iffy efficiency for a , a few characters will need/like the guaranteed nature of the event. The unique factor of the card shoots up a mile because you can use it in the name of a friend in trouble.
  • 2 evades immediately makes the card more interesting, you can dig out a character that's in a heap of trouble or 2 separate friends who both drew enemies simultaneously, giving them breathing space, very strong in duo.
  • Ranged evading is obviously mostly useful in multiplayer, you can dig out your friends or delay a stalking hunter, this is one of those cases where you'll often choose to just evade 1 enemy, it's still a great effect.

Not affecting elites and being printed in the specialised faction are negative points to this card, it's still good for Preston Fairmont and very helpful in multiplayer.

Tsuruki23 · 386
Good for anyone with access to Rogue cards but with bad evade. Jenny likes it since her evade isn't special, Preston likes ti because he's Preston, and Leo obviously likes it with his 1 Agility, though it competes against other mobility cards like Think on Your Feet and Elusive. — StyxTBeuford · 158
Also, Rogues are getting an investigator with low agility next expansion with Tony Morgan. Granted, he’d rather kill than evade, but as part of a supportive toolkit, it’s something to consider. — Death by Chocolate · 10
Intel Report

This suit of cards, (Decoy, Small Favor, Intel Report) has its ups and downs, Intel Report is definitely among the ups.

This card is essentially 3 in one:

  • 1 card, 2 resources and 1 action is an unimpressive trade for 1 clue. Serves as a solo niche that can pull the clue from a high shroud spot.
  • 2 clues for 2 more resources is very reasonable, the card might be printed with just this ability and it'd see play. 2 clues clears a lot of locations in duo and deals with the vast majority of hard spots in solo.
  • Clues at range is very circumstantial. It's nearly useless solo since locations don't typically have clues on them unless you visit them, thus you'd need to backtrack or flee a location for it to have clues. Note the combo with Think on Your Feet. This effect is way better in multiplayer where you can effectively complete locations that a friend revealed.

Grab Intel Report if you're the designated clue dude, if your name is Preston Fairmont, or if you worry that the team might choke on clue focused maps.

Shout out for Intel Report in a Rex Murphy deck.

Tsuruki23 · 386
An amazing clue grabbing tool that almost all Rogues should take in my opinion. Perhaps the exception is Finn with his 4 intellect. But Jenny and Preston pay for it easily, Sefina can copy it, and even Skids can use it in a pinch. I don't agree with it in Rex though since he's probably going to get more clues just by investigating in the long run anyway. — StyxTBeuford · 158
True, but when you're the lone clue dude in a duo or trio, and all your friends are too busy or unable to get their clues, you can reach out and do it yourself ;) — Tsuruki23 · 386
Enchanted Blade

TL:DR: Extremely self sufficient weapon, great for 3 characters who want to focus on or if they just want a backup alternative to Shrivelling.

characters typically run weapons, don't, ergo the disparity in buzz for the two variants of this upgrade.

I would like to argue that Enchanted Blade is no slouch, even compared to it's very impressive cousin. Three characters in-class, Diana Stanley, Jim Culver and Akachi Onyele have 3, with blade in hand they fight at 5, by spending charges they fight at 6 or 7, this is by using the mechanics of the blade all by itself, no support required! With some very light support, a couple skills like Overpower and/or Vicious Blow you can fill a support fighter role killing off a few 2-4 hp threats. It's terrific solo where the self sufficiency is key.

The charge mechanic is very efficient, you basically have a +5 base attack and 4 vicious blows on retainer. You can kill 2 3hp threats in 2 attacks, or 2 4hp threats in 4 attacks. The relatively few charges reinforces the support combat role, you can defend yourself in solo or multiplayer or perhaps spend the entire weapon to beat a boss, but it's a one and done deal with probably no backups. I kid! You still have a copy of Shrivelling right!? Not to mention the infinite number of buffed 1-damage attacks.

There is a big, obvious downside. characters love their Arcane slots. Jim and Diana don't mind too much, their isn't that impressive anyway, but Akachi likes to play the Rosary game so I doubt sacrificing card slots and XP for a card interests her much.

P.S, the sheer power of a fully charged Enchanted Blade can even make fighting work for a 2 character, obviously it'll require a little bit of card support, Agnes Baker with her cards or a certain brand of Norman Withers can actually be very hard-viable with a sword-fighting build.

Tsuruki23 · 386