In response to Gamma
Some of what you say I agree with. And other parts of what you said such as your timing with Animate Dead obviously are dependant upon yours and your opponents skill levels. So that point is wishy washy.
Dang I just DC'd in a match with Lawtia as I'm posting. Anyways I completely agree with you on your point of card selection early on. I don't remember seeing a Dispel or Return card when I was leveling up with Gowen. I can't say that I would've selected it even if I did though at the time hahaha! I would jump all over it now! I don't think Flesh Recycler would help defeat Animate Dead since it doesn't send the card to cemetary. Gowen does have ways of making enemy units HP = 0. Those don't help in this case. When you referred to players having Return or Dispel as Gowen players I would guess most of them acquired those cards through Booster Packs. This is an assumption and may be incorrect.
I feel like I'm coaching the enemy to further make life troubling for Gowen but like Reydian said it should be simple to gauge when your front line will collapse (or when you let it on purpose) so that your SC's activate. The easiest way I can think of is not to play Animate Dead in the front row where he will take damage and force you to spend SP on reving him. What you should do is play him in the back or middle row behind a front line of Moonlight Warrior and the Regenerating Knight and let them take the abuse. They are not the cards that are going to win you the match against Gowen. They are the cards that are going to let you control the tempo of the match. If you use Shade and the card Reydian mentioned Mad Priest well you'll rarely lose to a Gowen starter deck.To Reydian
Yes I probably am exploiting more the weaknesses of Gowen against Lawtia to the masses. I'm hoping this case gets a little attention by the GM's and is rectified. I'm glad at least someone acknowledges the futility of it all finally.