Doomdog. 5/5. Grab a Maza Gang Hideout for your Spirit Fortress, or perhaps Baird‘s or a General Store to help out your economy. Perhaps grab The Joker’s Smile to get maximum use from it along with a saloon for Clementine to set up shop in. If your deck would benefit from getting a particular deed into play quickly, then Howard’s your go-to ghost. He keeps the abomination keyword and so makes Ivor xp cheaper, discarded with Abram Grothe’s job, and can be moved elsewhere with the Idol of Tlazolteotl. Howard opens up plenty of jank possibilities and will see a lot of play.
Jedilanni. 4/5. Self-acing decks will love the ability to grab the Undertaker or Parish. The ability to put 1 of a certain deed into a deck instead of the 2 or 3 will open up more options for those janky decks, even if the played deed forgoes its production and control points. The only downside is going to be balancing your starting ghost rock and making the grifter sacrifice. Chefonk. 4/5. This one is really hard to judge. There are a lot of possibilities like General Store, Baird’s Build and Loan, or The R&D Ranch for increased economy or deeds like Testing Range for useful abilities guaranteed from the start. Also this could be a nice addition to the spirit fortress deck-type as it really lowers the amount of deeds you have to include in your deck if you already start with one of you choice. The major drawbacks with this in general is the increased cost and the fact that you now start with one less dude which can really set you back early on. But this is the case for all the deeds you can start with now, so this does not only apply to Ol’ Howard. This card only grows in usability as more deeds are released and surely will be considered when building decks for quite some time. Because of him being very conditional and not suited for many deck types I feel like this is not a 5/5.
Jhandy27. 4/5. This guy deserves his own article. The deck building potential is almost limitless and future play testers will have to bear him in mind for every deed for the future. Most of his combos people probably already know of such as starting with an undertaker to provide income from the offset etc. I think he is well-costed as he takes up a starting dude and a lot of your income to actually use his ability. I applaud anyone who uses Howard and the Idol of Tlazolteotl to give Howard to your opponent.
Nu_Fenix. Much was said when he was spoiled. I do like the flexibility of now being able to start with any deed, although due to the lack of production and control points, it needs a tremendous ability. Also, don’t forget he is still an Abomination on the table for Ivor Hawley (Exp.1).