Kakita Kasukaru wrote:Daramere wrote:There were basically as many Crane Scout Personalities as Duelists and Courtiers. Indeed, given the explicit dueling Sensei, and the presence of a bunch of Duelists, I'm kind of surprised that duelling is what seems to be most identified as missing. If there was anything I would find lacking in the Crane options, it would be generic honor Courtiers, because that has been muddled into the "core theme" without having a "Courtier honor deck."
Ignoring your last jab, I'll come back to this. I agree with pretty much everything you wrote except this. Our duelling sensei (Tadanobu) is great and all, but he is extremely dependant on having decent duel decks to fuel him. Unfortunately, I don't know how Dragon decks with duelling are working, but Crane decks are not working in the duelling theme. I understand we have a semi decent scout deck (with no sensei or using the geisha one). I also understand that we have a good courtier honor and honor dishonor. However, duelling in Crane is simply lacking the good personalities with decent Chi and battle actions actually relevant to the theme and/or the (honor) victory condition. Tell me if I am wrong, maybe I missed something there?
You're missing that you're really not making the same complaint. There is a big difference between "this archetype is important to my Clan, and they didn't make any cards/themes representing that archetype" and "they made a bunch of Personalities and a Sensei for this archetype, but it turns out they weren't as good the decks based around our other archetypes." Design just not making Crane duel-centric cards at all for two years? That would just be bad design - you've got to give the clan access to something that iconic to the Clan's identity. But design putting those cards and theme out there, but it turns out that it isn't as competitive as you'd like it to be, or as some of your other decks are? That's just life.
It just isn't possible for design to fine-tune the power level of different themes so that they're all playable, but this one that's slightly more iconic is always just a little bit better (or even that it's always good, but not too good). I presume that they could make sure that, say, Crane honor dueling is the best Crane deck. But they can only assure doing that if they deliberately aim to make the other themes bad, or they deliberately aim to make the dueling deck too good. And either of those would be a non-starter. And that's assuming that it would be a good idea to always have the exact same archetype always be the best deck for a Clan, which I would submit is not a good idea. If only because I'd like some variety.