"The Shining Martyr Emperor of Han Dynasty 汉昭烈帝 (hàn zhāo liè dì)"
Who is he:
Really? You do not know who he is? Come on!! Let's go straight to why the original Liu Bei needed an upgrade, shall we? He wasn't much of a Ruler character at all as he had little offensive powers and was more supportive and self-preserving.
Or was he?
My honest opinion is that the original Liu Bei is fine just the way he is. If i'm playing a large match with 6 or more players, any side with Liu Bei is at a strong advantage.
That being said, this new SP character does have some interesting abilities. At first glance, it seems SP Liu Bei is over-powered, but on closer evaluation, he does seem quite balanced. Bear in mind that his first ability contains the component of choice on the part of the victim, so it's not as insane as it first sounds. His 2nd ability sounds really cool as well! But we'll have to play him to be sure.
Character ability 1: Shining Martyr 昭烈 (zhāo liè)
During your drawing phase, you can draw 1 card less, then ask a player within your attacking range to display the top 3 cards from the deck. Discard the non-Basic cards and PEACH 桃 amongst these 3 cards, (the remaining basic cards will be needed below).
The player must choose 1 out of the following 2 options:
1. You inflict X units of damage on that player. The player then gets to acquire the remaining basic cards.
2. The player discards X number of cards, and you acquire the remaining basic cards.
(X is the number of non-Basic cards discarded amongst the 3 cards displayed.)
Character ability 2: Oath of Vengeance 誓仇 (shì choú) [Ruler Ability] [Single-use Ability]
At the beginning of your turn, you can select 1 player from the Shu allegiance and give him 2 cards. Every instance you receive damage throughout the game, this other player will receive the same amount of damage on your behalf, then this player will draw as many cards as damage received. This ability will perpetuate until this player enters brink of death for the first time.
Ability's relation to story:
Liu Bei was given the title "The Shining Martyr Emperor of Han Dynasty 汉昭烈帝" posthumously, which is seemingly where this ability title came from. In no way does his first ability seem "shiny" nor "martyr-ish", but it does have an air of "I am the bloody Emperor and watch me command you to do stupid things in a condescending manner, now spill your blood for me!".
The title "Oath of Vengeance" refers to his historically huge blunder by attacking Wu to avenge Guan Yu 关羽. That does not seem to have much link to the ability though, as there was no mention of surrogates in the story relating to this event. In fact, "Oath of Vengeance" has the undertones of "Bad idea" associated with it's name, which is supposed to come back and bite Liu Bei. This ability does not seem to show any of this.
How to obtain this character:
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