Blood Will Have Blood

I can maybe... maybe... see this card in a heavy-soak deck. (Non-Ally soak, to be more precise.) The problem is, it costs one card and a resource to play, so it's really only cost-efficient if you're taking three damage/horror at a time, something that most players try to avoid. Well, if money isn't an issue, you get a net benefit at 2 damage/horror, but nonetheless, it's hard to justify taking. It would be a good but niche card at 0 XP. I can't see it being worth 2 XP.

Xelto · 1
The obvious candidates for this are Tommy and Yorick, who both kinda want their teddy bears and coats to die anyway. — dezzmont · 36
Taking 3 total damage/horror at a time isn't just something that most players avoid -- it's something that is RARE to even encounter in the first place. (It has to specifically be an attack from a single enemy.) 1 damage+1 horror is the overwhelmingly likely typical best case. — anaphysik · 50
Serpents of Yig

At level 0, Father Mateo now has access to Spectral Razor, which will put him up 6 to 2, which should be good on most campaigns on Standard, and will do the 3 damage necessary to take care of this on one action. And since you have a built-in way to deal with the Auto-Fail token, these snakes aren't so difficult to deal with.

dscarpac · 7
Panic

Is... Is that Taylor Swift in the art?

As much as I like Panic, Stupor, and Arm/Leg Injury from a mechanics perspective, they feel both flavorful and balanced, I feel like running an all soak no healing style deck hamstrings anyone that happens to pull one of these as a random weakness.

Barring something like Doomed or Offer You Cannot Refuse or maybe Through the Gates hitting something important, I feel like most basic weaknesses can be dealt with by anyone... even if it's devastating to the bearer (like Drawing the Sign with Harvey Walters or Paranoia in a big money deck). Harvey probably isn't happy to see Drawing the Sign pop out, but he can still toss it and move on rebuilding his hand. But if you happen to be running someone like Tommy Muldoon relying almost entirely on asset soak instead of healing getting one of these weaknesses cripples you from the moment you draw it to the end of that scenario. In my opinion how you feel about these weaknesses entirely depends on what kind of deck you're playing when you get them. Getting Panic or Stupor in a Carolyn deck probably doesn't bother you (I assume that since you can heal it as if it was horror it would still trigger her ability) as you can just treat it as "Miss a draw, take 1 fake horror, and maybe have to restructure your next turn or two if you're unlucky" but a soak heavy no healing Tommy deck likely has to pick up a new card to compensate for the newfound gaping wound in their arm, leg, or psyche.

Thematically these weaknesses are very flavorful and mechanically interesting, I just wouldn't want to be stuck in the middle of the Antarctic without a Medical Student or First Aid kit. Peter Sylvestre and Jessica Hyde just have to sit there and watch you bleed and panic since the "horror" or "damage" is on you, not them.

NorainJS · 17
I think it depends on the weakness and your job. A cluer with mag class probably won’t care about arm injury, as he neither attacks nor activates something. But for a fighter this is a big problem — Django · 3736
Definitely feel like these weaknesses needed a super inefficient way to remove them without healing. 'Archetype hate' really doesn't jell with the weakness system and every time someone drew one of these who wasn't ready for it they just had a bad time. — dezzmont · 36
1xp healing options are fairly plentiful at this point, and the good thing about healing is that most heal cards target any investigator at your location so you only need 1 person to pick up healing if you get a bad injury. — Zerogrim · 214
Healing access very much depends on class (and player count), in a 2p Rogue/Survivor you'll not find very many reliable healing options (Bandages really aren't), to say nothing of true solo. — suika · 8001
Switchblade

As others have noted, weapons that don't give you a strength boost, allow you to use another stat for the Fight action, or some other jankery are pretty weak. This cards low cost and Fast play action are of limited saving grace.

Unless, you have an Investigator that doesn't need the strength boost. Enter Tony Morgan. With a base 5 combat, starting Tony Morgan is well-equipped to smash things with Switchblade. Add in Opportunist and you have a cheap way to mash up some enemies.

Still not amazing, but Tony provides at least a solid place for Switchblade to be useful in a starting deck, especially if you're looking to fill out his asset slots with 1-2 additional weapons.

He’s probably the best with it, but Id still recommend Knucleduster over this for him. — Death by Chocolate · 946
Knight of swords as a first upgrade make both switchblade and opportunist amazing in tony, without it knuckledusters is probably the pick. — Zerogrim · 214
I also like it a lot in Wini pending its upgrade. With a couple skills cards piled on each test, she's usually killing 3 health enemies in two shots and probably just evading any non-hunters anyway. Spending an action upfront for the greater reliability of Knuckleduster is reasonable, though. — housh · 117
Sergeant Monroe

Edited you can use all of his health, to deal 6 damage. Thank you Death by chocolate!

I have done this scenario....what... a dozen times, and I always have a blast with it. So many different ways of ending the game, the way each mechanic crosses in a different way. It's also a lot easier to beat compare to the other standalones, plus you can earn your exp back and more easy. I,therefore, and surprised that no one has made a review on this card. I'll take a Crack at it.

You have to be a pretty convincing Liar, or have a ton of evidence to prove your innocence, to have him on your side. Once he's on your side tho, he will be a blessing, dealing damage as good as taking it. You will probably be taking a weakness, which it's not the worst, but pretty annoying, like most weakness are.

Please note that while I'll list some stuff, he rocks the banner of a neutral card.(as do all standalone assets) so anybody can take him. There are some ouchy stuff to address before I dig deeper.

  1. 1 Ally slot/1 per deck- this is pretty obvious. He takes an ally slot. You can't necessarily build for him, along side other ally assets. Typically when I build a deck(like others) you have allys in your (or splash) class that you want (or need) to take. As you have to complete MatEH to obtain Sgt. Monroe, you'll find it easier with some exp in your deck. Some exp that you've spent on a ally already. You can buy charisma with exp you earn in the Excelsior, but really....paying 3 exp to use one card is hard because....... drumroll you can ONLY have one copy. You better get lucky with your opening hand/mulligan, or have decent card draw/card tutor to get it out.(that's what calling in favors is for)

  2. 5 resources. YIKES expensive. I think for what he does, the price is abit fair. But that's not pocket change. Especially if you use the above method with charisma, two ally assets is alot of money, so you better have ways of filling your coffers, because he won't help you there. Every class has ways of obtaining money,(some better than others of course.)

Those are alll the biggest downsizes I can see, but let's see what he is good at.

  1. Tanking- 3/3 is nothing to sneeze at. Especially since other players can put damage/horror on him as long as they are at his location.

  2. Testless Damage- this is amazing. Once per turn, any damage/horror you deal to him he dishes back to an enemy at the location, you can deal up to 4 (actually 6) damage before he is killed. Other players can Trigger it, and the best of all. It doesn't matter HOW he is dealt damage/horror, from enemies, AoO, or treachery cards from the mythos, it doesn't matter.

The above points are fine, If you can handle the slot, drawing him, and paying for him. He will preform.

                  CLASS TIME

Guardian- They are usually fighting, which means engaging enemies and taking damage(and horror) he can do both of these things for you, with cards like trusted and the star , this will keep him alive longer, and emergency aid to heal damage and first aid(lvl 3) to heal horror.

Seekers- they are the best at drawing cards and searching the decks, you can draw him, put him down and not have to worry about enemies bothering you. Seekers can also help get sgt. Monroe out for other players.

Rogues- which class can pay for every card? That's right. Rogues have ways of paying for everything and Sgt Monroe is no exception. They also dip into fighting rolls so it will help them in the Frontline.

Survivors- The tanking/damaging bit is nice, but they are usually a poor class, but that's what a chance encounter is for. Fighting classes should always consider.

Mystic- Same as Survivors, they are a poor class, spending mostly on spells, and events. But they are still considered general support class, so you can for sure use it here.

That's about all the general uses I can think of, but let's talk per investigator real quick, I'll won't name everyone mind, but a few that stand out. I can really only think of guardians at the moment.

Tommy- My man can recur this bad boy all the time,but he might want more exp required friends.

Leo- he makes him cheaper, and a free action to play. Pretty good.

Mark- pretty decent, since he wants tanking for his poor sanity and Sophie. Pretty decent card draw at that.

Zoey- with her engaging everything that moves. She can afford it, and be queen of testless Damage.

Daniela - if enemies attack her, she can put damage on him and Trigger her ability for a bunch of extra damage.

That's about it. :) pretty neat asset.

ps you can commit him for nice icons

You can deal 6 before he dies (not 4). The ability triggers ‘when’ damage/horror is dealt (not after), so it occurs before all of the consequences of being dealt damage and horror, including being defeated. — Death by Chocolate · 946
Oh sweet! That's makes its alot better! Thanks — Therealestize · 7
You can also heal him with Soothing Melody to reflect even more damage. A super guard dog. — suika · 8001