Card of the Week 7/28

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Card of the Week 7/28

Postby Logress » Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:37 pm

Brutal Inquisitor

Refess has the hardest working units in the game. Big hit points, solid defense, they help each other out, great ranged attacks, decent area effect, healing and Grimoire cards like Dispel that can end the enemy's LeBeau Soul Skill threat, and Defensive Maneuvers, which can double your own. But, they just don't get any respect. Why? Because Refess is missing speed, and doesn't have many special powers that trip up the opponent's strategies. This week I'm looking at a card with both, Brutal Inquisitor.

So he doesn't exactly have three copies in the starter deck, but he's rarity one, you'll manage. Also, his name is Brutal Inquisitor. This lets you name your theme decks things like "No one expects the Brutal Inquisition," a very important consideration. Brutal Inquisitor has a lot of things going for him. The number one thing is an AGI of 3, something pretty much every other Refess card is missing. If you have a front line and a row of archers swimming around with nothing better than AGI 2, you're going to be looking at that Gowen starter set covetously in no time. Brutal Inquisitor has a respectable 45 HP, as to be expected of a Refess unit, and very nice when you consider his RNG of 2. If he's in the second row, then he won't get hit too often and when he does, it won't be enough to take him out. His AT is 25, not too bad considering his special attack, Bash.

For SP 1, Bash does normal damage and engages the enemy unit. That means the enemy unit goes gray, as if his turn had already passed. No action, no Auto Skill, no nothing. The only other power like this in the Basic Set is Harpy's screech, but that costs 2 SP and doesn't do any damage. Bash means that one little Brutal Inquisitor can keep the enemy's Zugateroza with 100 DF from a LeBeau Soul Skill busy forever, and still leave you enough SP to use Light Spearwoman's special attack every turn.

Unfortunately, Bash has one big drawback, you can't target it. Because of this, you have to be very careful where you put Brutal Inquisitor. If you want to target the enemy's front line, put him in the second row to make sure his 2 range doesn't make him swing wide. Another good way to even the odds is to bring out two of him out at once. Sounds risky? Maybe, but if a pair of Brutals can ruin the enemy's flow, when they finally get wiped out you can take that 6 SP and use it to propel yourself into the Refess endgame, which usually involves SP guzzling cards like the Dragonrider, Phoenix and my personal favorite, Sphinx. Now your enemy's plan is a mess and you've got some very big guns on the field.

Another thing to consider is that Bash only works if you go first, and 3 AGI only seems impressive because of the AGI 2 company it keeps in the Refess camp. You have to think of the competition you will be facing from each Sphere. You've got heavy hitters like Moonlight Warrior, Magic Scythe Soldier, Eagle Soldier, and the Lycanthropes, all 3's. You've only got a 50% of going before them. This can be solved with Soul Skills, like Elite Crest Knight and Expert Sorcerer, but that doesn't help much against speed demons like Magic Sword Dual-Wielder and LeBeau. I recommend throwing in one level of Falkow, giving you access to Song Sorceress, Sylphs and Undines to make this strategy really pay off.

Thanks to Refess' solid cards, it’s simple to put together an army that doesn't fall apart easily. Unfortunately, it can be undermined or circumvented by the enemy's tricks and strategies. But see how well his plans work when you're causing his cards to lose turns left and right. Once his army begins to slip up, Refess' solid setup and endurance will really begin to shine. Brutal Inquisitor slows down the game, which can tip the scales against Spheres that like to burn out and then fade away. But the best part of this strategy is that it's not just a stalemate move. Your Bash isn't just slowing the enemy down, it's doing damage. It's not even taking away all your SP to do it. In fact, if you've got any SP generation out, you'll stay even with your enemy while you do damage to him.

Brutal Inquisitor helps a Refess deck the way Song Sorceress helps a Sea Hunter, by filling in its weaknesses. A Sea Hunter usually never gets a chance to attack because he's a front line fighter with no AGI. By the time he goes, he's already on his back. Song Sorceress solves that problem by making the enemy go second. Having the same problem with Refess? Brutal Inquisitor makes it so the enemy doesn't go at all! That should help. Just try to back your Brutals up with cards like Ruby Carbuncle, Boy Combat Priest and Lapierre. You may not be able to outdo your enemy in a speed contest, but by taking up the average AGI of your cards, you'll make sure it won't be the deciding factor.
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby EvilGenius » Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:40 pm

Give Refess 3 of these in their starter, and I'll be happy. 8-) So far no luck in 5 levels getting another copy. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Thanks for doing a CofW on this one. This card is the one I'm most looking forward to collecting more of.
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby DanTheTimid » Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:12 pm

I've bought 1800 Gran worth of packs and didn't pull a single brutal inquistor. I also didn't get one on any of my level ups 1-20 nor have I had one come up in a treasure battle, or from the card lottery which I've played every day since launch at 10-15 gran won per day. So overal, inspite of being a pretty well known refess player, I don't have a strong insight on this card from personal use. I have had it used against me by a player who owned 3 copies.

I have to say, in a refess mirror match its not bad at all since he outspeed most other refess units. He didn't hurt me too bad cause often my Ruby Carbuncle would go first and then he kept hitting the already engaged Carbuncle waisting his sp, and when he didn't hit carbuncle he kept hitting things that were about to die anyway again waisting his sp, but in theory he could have been annoying.

Outside of refess mirror matches his usefulness is alot more limited. The problem is that same old problem almost all refess units have, AGI. 3 AGI is better then the average refess unit, but atleast in this current meta the most commonly used units either have 3-4 AGI or have a song sorceress/open skill boosting their speed, so as nice as he sounds in theory, in practice his ability isn't going to help you very often. The fact his ability is random further hurts things, as I stated above, in my experience against him very often missed hitting a meaningful target with his ability. Considering he costs a hefty 3 sp to play and another sp every time you use his ability, you really have to question if the occasional benefits he might provide are worth the investment. It would have been another story if his ability also boosted his attack power like Light Spear womans, cause Refess desperately needs units that can hit for 30+, but with only 25 attack, if his effect doesn't prove useful, his sp cost and space in your card file was a big waste that may very well lead to your eventual demise.

Overal Rating: 2/5
In this currently fast environment Acient Spearman and Light Spearwoman just have a greater chance of being useful and will generally give you more bang for your sp. If in the future the game slows down, with more 2 AGI or less units seeing play, his usefulness may increase.
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby Phades » Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:35 pm

45 hp seems like a lot because it avoids the standard 30hp row/column damage death, but against any real hitters it will go down without any DEF augmentation. Against falkow this card is an exercise in futility, it will bounce back to your hand or get directly targeted and destroyed before it can act and if it does act, chances are it will hit a unit with higher agl than its self. Especially with agl control cards like undine floating around, it is silly to even attempt this style of play.

Even against gowen, the brave soldier/panther soul, combat monk magic weapon, or any directed DD will march right over this style of play as well. And lawita has many agl 3 or greater cards to act before it, in addition to shade draining SP preventing any meaningful use out of the action skill. This card is basically a "special" blessed acolyte, but costs more SP to play and use. If it were a level 2 card and immune to harmful spells or the bash skill was automatic, free, and targetable, it would possibly be "too strong", but at least it would be playable.
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby EvilGenius » Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:39 pm

DanTheTimid wrote:I've bought 1800 Gran worth of packs and didn't pull a single brutal inquistor. I also didn't get one on any of my level ups 1-20 nor have I had one come up in a treasure battle, or from the card lottery which I've played every day since launch at 10-15 gran won per day. So overal, inspite of being a pretty well known refess player, I don't have a strong insight on this card from personal use. I have had it used against me by a player who owned 3 copies.


You're kidding. :o I hope he really isn't that "rare."

I did see him in a treasure battle once, but I lost to a Gowen player. :roll: You know a game has you hooked when you are at the edge of your seat in anticipation. :lol:
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby burnah » Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:57 pm

I won him once in a treasure battle, but since I'm a Falkow Iczer it's no use for me :/
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby Phades » Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:11 pm

As far as rarity is concerned, i have never seen it offered as a treasure yet (not that i have won many of those), nor have i seen it offered through leveling up or from the 7200 gran I've bought either in normal boosters. This might be a 1 star card, but the only one i have is from the basic starter. Could always buy 2 additional refress starter decks though....
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby EvilGenius » Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:15 pm

Phades wrote:As far as rarity is concerned, i have never seen it offered as a treasure yet (not that i have won many of those), nor have i seen it offered through leveling up or from the 7200 gran I've bought either in normal boosters. This might be a 1 star card, but the only one i have is from the basic starter. Could always buy 2 additional refress starter decks though....


If I was going to buy a starter, I'd buy the Gowen. :lol: :twisted: Just kidding.
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby DanTheTimid » Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:20 pm

EvilGenius wrote:
DanTheTimid wrote:I've bought 1800 Gran worth of packs and didn't pull a single brutal inquistor. I also didn't get one on any of my level ups 1-20 nor have I had one come up in a treasure battle, or from the card lottery which I've played every day since launch at 10-15 gran won per day. So overal, inspite of being a pretty well known refess player, I don't have a strong insight on this card from personal use. I have had it used against me by a player who owned 3 copies.


You're kidding. :o I hope he really isn't that "rare."

I did see him in a treasure battle once, but I lost to a Gowen player. :roll: You know a game has you hooked when you are at the edge of your seat in anticipation. :lol:


I'm not kidding but I don't really consider myself unlucky to have not pulled one yet. Aside from the fact that it is a pretty decent sized set at 100 cards so its very reasonable to have not pulled one yet, as I stated above and Phades echo'd, even among Refess's already weak cards it just isn't very good so it'd most likely just be collecting internet dust in my collection if I owned more of it.
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Re: Card of the Week 7/28

Postby EvilGenius » Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:23 pm

DanTheTimid wrote:
EvilGenius wrote:
DanTheTimid wrote:I've bought 1800 Gran worth of packs and didn't pull a single brutal inquistor. I also didn't get one on any of my level ups 1-20 nor have I had one come up in a treasure battle, or from the card lottery which I've played every day since launch at 10-15 gran won per day. So overal, inspite of being a pretty well known refess player, I don't have a strong insight on this card from personal use. I have had it used against me by a player who owned 3 copies.


You're kidding. :o I hope he really isn't that "rare."

I did see him in a treasure battle once, but I lost to a Gowen player. :roll: You know a game has you hooked when you are at the edge of your seat in anticipation. :lol:


I'm not kidding but I don't really consider myself unlucky to have not pulled one yet. Aside from the fact that it is a pretty decent sized set at 100 cards so its very reasonable to have not pulled one yet, as I stated above and Phades echo'd, even among Refess's already weak cards it just isn't very good so it'd most likely just be collecting internet dust in my collection if I owned more of it.


And here I was considering spending $20 for some gran... now I probably won't. :( :(
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