I knew that it wouldn’t be long before people whined about Manticore - not because it was necessarily overpowered, but because it prevented them from completing a battle in 60 seconds. I am pretty much dumbfounded by this, as I have never lost a battle or even been threatened by a Manticore. Khorvash? Sure, that hits pretty hard. Manticore just makes you use a little bit more strategy, provide decoys, whatever the case may be. Even the threads whining about it said that it did not affect the outcome of the battle.
Why, then, was its power reduced so drastically? Manticore was nearly useless on defense already, and this is what people were complaining about. Strong invade teams are not seen, but it isn’t too hard to figure out what they are. Manticore helps players have a chance against the overpowered teams (and we all know what those are). Now, there is little to no reason to use it. Manticore’s mana drain ability (indeed, any mana drain ability) is most useful against the extremely strong enemies. All of my battles yesterday did not at all provide any benefit - I would drain Famine, but then the next turn, they’d match three, get a mana surge, and with the kingdom bonus be right back were they were. This did nothing in effect - Manticore’s attack went up, yes, but it didn’t do anything to stop the enemy. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE ENTIRE POINT OF MANA DRAINING.
It’s upsetting that the developers caved to whining about a troop that is incredibly unbalanced in its usefulness (next to none on defense and nearly all on offense) when the most obvious troop problems show up with defense troops. There is little reason to use Manticore now, and it was provided as a counter to the already broken cards in the game.
Removing the attack bonus would make more sense. As of right now, the mana drain ability provides no benefit other than setting the enemy back a turn and maybe two if you’re lucky. Of course, in either case, I will argue that it actually is a net detriment, not a positive, and as such there’s no reason to use it.