[card=10]Rapid Shot Magic Archer[/card] UPDATED BY Lupos
I know its rare enough to see refess players at all in the 10+ room, and even more rare to see Refess players having success in the 10+ room, but one thing I've personally never seen to date at all is the successful use of Rapidshot Magic Archer. Theres a number of refess units I could argue are under powered or useless but I've SEEN people use them and while I still didn't think they were worth it, they did get some use out of them. Rapidshot Magic Archer however I'm not sure I've seen used period. I think I may have tried it out myself once but after several bad experiences with it in a row tossed it aside where I haven't used it again.
With Refess still struggling to compete with the other clans I'm constantly looking for new ways to use them, particularly ones that don't require 3 copies of their 4 and 5 star rarity cards. Rapidshot Magic Archer seemed like that under used card that could be what their missing. So I took an indepth look over it... and alas I can completely understand why it seems no one uses it.
At level 3 she's expensive to play, requiring a turn and a halfs worth of sp. Definitely a bad level to have as Refess has an excess of level 3s, what they often lack are playable lvl1 and 2s, often forced to splash from other clans (and thus still putting themselves at sp disadvantage). At 20 hp to say she can't take a hit is putting it nicely. Her HPs on the same level as Will-o-Wisp or Kesseran Passeran, not a group you want to be in, especially if you don't have a great open skill. Her attack is 30. Thats actually not bad for Refess who is routinely stuck with only 25 attack, but nothing special when compared to other clans who get 30 attack on things like Salamander (along with range, an amazing open skill, and only being level 1). Her AGI is 2. Not unusual for Refess but it does mean like most Refess units she needs to be able to survive through every unit your opponent has attacking cause she's probably attacking last (20 hp does not help accomplish this). Lastly we have 5 RNG. For me the magic RNG number is 3, any more or any less is inferior. Having 5 means she can always hit everything but it also means you can never place her in such a way that you can narrow down her targets should you have specific targets in mind.
So her stats are absolutely terrible for a level 3, she's level 3 yet comparable to other clans level 2 or even level 1s, but theres still the little matter of her effect. For 1 sp you can cut her attack in half and hit 2 random targets instead of 1. Um... under whelming much? Don't get me wrong, the effect can be useful in theory to finish things off, but the low damage (15) combined with the high randomness of the target (again that 5 RNG works against her since everything on your opponents entire field is a potential blocker for whatever it is you actually want to hit) result in a very situational and very luck based ability. Honestly I don't know why this ability even costs an SP, it isn't half as good as say Combat Monks Triple Attack which is free. For 1 sp she should hit for full attack strength, or atleast be allowed to choose the targets.
So long story short, she really seems too slow, too weak, too random, and too expensive to be worth using. With cards like Anciet Spear Knight having triple her HP, an ability that lets you actually choose your target, and can hit up to 3 units for his full attack and not half, its really hard to justify Rapidshot Magic Archer taking up card file slots. And Anciet Spear Knight isn't even generally considered the good Refess ranged unit, that goes to Light Spearwoman, so thats really saying something if she can't even compare to Ancient Spear Knight.
Still am I missing something? Has anyone found her to be useful? Has anyone had her used effectively against them? Has anyone even seen her used period? If not I think the Japanese should really look into re balancing this ridiculously cool looking archer. No matter what future cards we get I really don't see how she will ever stop being inferior to the cards we already have if she stays in her current form.
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