I'm hating more on Ryu, Overdose, PhoenixChick.
But i still don't like the edge Jewel gives to Falkow. I know i get fielded SP back at some point aswell, sure i'll get to my 1st LP too(and thus break even again). But it's like giving both players 4SP, where 1 player gets his at the beginning while the other has to wait... till his opponent decided to "grant" it.
It's no secret SP in the beginning is much more valuable then later on. Specially when you have to fight for fieldpresence, which you do against Falkow much more then against anything else.
Jewel is a balanced card based on its mechanics. But Falkow isn't a balanced sphere to put it in.
But i know i'll never convince Gon of that fact. He's convinced Falkow early game is balanced out by Shade's exsistence. Dispite the fact Shade is only balancing Lawtia, still doesn't put a Cath opening BEHIND in the SP curve(unlike everything else getting succesfully shaded), prevents everybodies cards from getting played not only his debated returns and is dodgable.
Shade isn't balancing Falkow; Shade is pestering everybody. But if anything, Falkow has the best tools against it to fight back on the SP curve.
And yes, Refess focussed on defense is the most strategical. Simply because you have to take it all and be the last one standing.
I do wish more was focussed on this kind of preventative/counter play (like more Royal Guard, ExBardia & fortune openings). Instead they all seem to bring out more tools to overpower the opponent instead of outsmarting.