We had a tournement in Stahleck and I noticed a lot of things. That the meta is now broken was clear for me, we need loads of economy, new cards, etc. Lots of decks are inconsistant, and the game is decided before the first challange is declared, purely on card draw and luck. So 2nd is in a rough shape atm.
But 1 card/plot I did notice was insane: Heads on Spikes
"When Revealed: Choose an opponent. Discard 1 card at random from that player’s hand. If that card is a character, gain 2 power for your faction and place the discarded character in its owner’s dead pile."
In a lot of games you start with a key character in your hand (like Malisandra), and you hope for a dupe, and got something other thats key to you. If you don't you muligan, to try to get it. Then you setup, but wont use that key character, its often better to use it in Marshalling. Not a bad assumption you have 1-3 key characters in hand before the turn starts.
Plots are revealed, and Heads on Spikes comes up.
Now there is a Random chance that you can go home, even before Marshaling that you can go home, the chance on this is about 30% seeing most decks.
There is no chance for revovery on this. No cards are played, no challange has been done. Its also no option to play it becouse then it gets Marched to the Wall (the character is to expensive often to combine it with other characters).
Now whats the exact problem:
1) Its purely luck based (no player skills needed)
2) There is no save or come back
3) It is not a consistant plot, if you use it does not mean you win the competition
4) Its a game breaking plot (1 to rule them all)
Whats the sollution:
Very easily: It should not go to the Graveyard but to the Discard Pile
Its still a VERY strong plot, a 30% chance to remove a key character from your opponents hand, but no longer game breaking.