Messala is actually quite powercreeping. I'm having a blast with her. The +10Def on her Start is actually overkill, but I wouldn't suggest a change on her unless some other Lvl2 TGCs are getting looked into.
You'll lose with her against decks with Multiple Returns n Tidals, or infinite returning like Mystere/Dion/Witch. Early game it's still to passive in setup to stop a heavy atk based rush... but i'm having good matchups aswell. A single Tidal and/or Return is "bearable" to overcome. Fields with only 1 heavy hitter is tankable through Gilensa. Lots of low damage is tankable for Gravan. Fast threats are in for Agirolls or even lose thanks to Messala+Gilensa.
Gravan and Emana already proved me how good a -10 Atk/Agi can be. If you're a smart player you can stall alot (and save alot of SP from reviving) by determing the order of agi and the damage amount.
I have a fun replay if you feel like watching Messala in action. It's vs. a Marduk/TR/Verlaat. Both setups are slow and boring so i advice you to skip to T12.https://alteil-login.apocoplay.com/audi ... 09284890d0
1 thing is for sure: you shouldn't stall against TGC. You hit 'm fast and hard. Deprive Raste & Gilensa from that needed SP to build a field.