Some More Notes on the Playstyle of Mermaids and Deep Ones.
I wish I could show replays of a match with my Pure Mermaids vs. Bringer and my Deep Mermaids vs. Bringer side by side.
The VERY few times I managed to beat Bringer & Co. with a pure Mermaid file, I was always down to my last LP. However, with a Deep Mermaid file, I managed to beat Bringer with 5 LP remaining (and I'm talking about 2000 RP players in both cases here).
Why the difference?
To take a chapter from Gon's book, Pure Mermaids can really only be played like Gowen. All of their abilities are offensive DMG dealing skills and they really can't do anything else. And it's unlikely that you're going to beat Gowen at their own game, especially when you're playing the "control" sphere.
But with the addition of the Deep Ones, Mermaids can be played like Falkow. Look at Deep Ones stats. Holy Hell they SUCK! (and that's how you can tell they're clearly Falkow units). BUT, the Deep Ones have all sorts of tricks, they're abilities allow them to control the field, primarily through engage abilities.
So when I was facing Bringer and Dilate on the field at the same time, they never even had a glimmer of hope.
With my Pure Mermaid file, Metia would have been sniped and then the rest would be slaughtered by Bringer & Dilate.
With my Deep Mermaid file, there are just too many different threats that the Gowen player can't neutralize all at once:
1. Metia Buff
2. Lost One in front row guarentees that Bringer or Dilate is getting engaged if they attack.
3. Love in Middle Row guaretees Bringer or Dilate are going to be useless until next turn.
4. Shecas can auto kill Bringer or Dilate and also render them useless until next turn.
5. Emana ensures that Bringer or Dilate act last and can revive the field from open spam.
6. Mermaid Sorceress open skill engages Bringer or Dilate
(Yes, I did manage to build that really strong field presence against THE BRINGER file through very smart early game play that DIDN'T involve using Justice to dump all my Mermaids).
So basically, all the Gowen player could do was sit there and spam Sakura, Arrow, BoF, while Bringer, Dilate, and everything else they summoned from that point on never even had a chance to act, and hence, I finished the match with 5 LP remaining. Curse them for not letting free players show replays for educational purposes.
Mermaids with Deep Ones are not necessarily better than a pure Mermaid file.
Against Mids and Bigs, I believe a Deep Mermaid file is superior.
However, against L3 and ESPECIALLY L2 rushes, a pure Mermaid file is the definitely the way to go.
Abuser Punisher / Callonia