Jokes aside, the two criminal Killers have the exact same paid abilities that are so rare and elusive: "1: Break 1 sub" and 1: +1 strength". But that’s where the similarities end as Bukhgalter is 4 cheaper, 1 less , and pays you money for using it while Garrote gets 1 additional strength. I think the winner between the two is obvious.
Now I can already hear you saying, “Cherries, this card is OP!” Let’s take a look:
MKUltra is better vs:
Mongoose is better vs:
- Rototurret*, Komainu (2+ subs * or 6+ subs), Tour Guide (2+ subs* or 6+ subs), Architect*, Caduceus*, Anansi*, Enforcer 1.0, Assassin
Na'Not'K (3 str) is better vs:
Na’Not’K (4 str) is better vs:
- Surveyor (2 str*, 4 str, 6 str, 8 str*), Orion *, Archer, Trebuchet, Nebula *, Assassin *, Anansi *, all 3 and 4 str ice, all 2 str ice *
*Bukhgalter is better vs. these ice if it is the first piece of ice that it breaks all subs on
Ignoring the obvious offender Na’Not’K, that is not a lot of ice. Most of the ice listed above are also asterisk-marked. Does this comparison even matter though? At 4 influence, Shapers will gladly stick to their star pupil and Anarchs to theirs. But you best believe, Criminals now have their own Killer worthy of the icebreaker spotlight. If you’re running in blue, there is little reason to run anything else.
P.S. Thank you NISEI for a powerful blue card that is not under-influenced. I look forward to future sets!