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COST: Pick a character.

EFFECT: Inflict 2 damage to the character. If your opponent's faction has 15 influence or less, inflict 1 additional damage to the character. If your opponent's faction has 10 influence or less, inflict 1 damage to each character your opponent controls. If your opponent's faction has 5 influence or less, draw a card."
Card # 151/165

Needless Beating

 

Card Ratings
Limited: 4.0
Constructed: 3.5

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed - 03.12.0
7

doc We start of this week with some excessive violence; the uncommon Warlord tactic Needless Beating.

Kicking a guy when he’s down. That’s what this card is all about. And the art? I don’t remember ever using spiked clubs on a pi˝ata when I was as kid. But hey, these are Warlord kids right?

For a cost of 6 with a threshold of 2, you get the opportunity to do several things depending on how beat down your opponent’s influence already is. The only sure fire effect is inflicting 2 damage to the picked character. If that’s all you’re getting for your cost of 6, I hope you picked a really annoying character (pluck perhaps). From there, the following effects are possible:

Opponent’s influence < 15: Picked character takes an additional 1 damage.
Opponent’s influence < 10: All of your opponent’s characters take 1 damage.
Opponent’s influence < 5: Draw a card.

Each effect is followed one at a time. At each trigger, you check to see if it’s true then do the effect. So if your opponent is at 7 influence, the picked character takes 2 damage, then 1 damage, then he and all his mates take 1 damage. You would not simply see which triggers are true and do them all at once; picked character takes 4 and all others take 1. In The Spoils, we do things one at a time in the order they’re written on the card.

So naturally, the time to play Needless Beating is when your opponent is at 10 or less influence. If you get to pull this off when he’s at 5 or less, that’s 4+ damage and a draw for a cost of 6. That my friend is a cheap Needless Beating.

In limited, this is just shy of being considered removal and when played right will net you a draw. Definitely a keeper. In constructed, there are less expensive cards for direct damage that will be considered more efficient.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 3.5/5

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