The drawback yet again, is having a troop that can deal damage be so brittle itself.
I’ve ran it in PVP at 70.
Bleed stacks cleansing with the proliferation of Cedric’s generally means you get about 2 bleeds total, even when killing every turn.
It does not have the dwarven traits such as fortitude which also means it does not have death mark protection. The bleed will cause L&D to summon spiders.
It can accelerate ‘Fireblade’ with High Forge, although I have not used it with him yet, and it gets ‘Bloodthirsty’, so the second trait becomes of limited value. We do not have another way of accelerating Fireblade with a half start I believe.
So, ideally he would be in top slot. As Slayer is so brittle, with no skull negation, no starting root trap, no vanguard, then you rely on others to help a lot. Most supporting casts don’t start you with entanglement and such, so basically running it in top slot is very risky. This is expecially so with empowered skull converters and empowered mana generators on the opposing team. There’s also Webspinner being so prevalent on PC/Mobile at least, as there are often two chances that skulls can be matched by AI on their first turn, plus an alignment for an empowered generator. With you entangled, it’s almost cheating as you have to clear and prevent 3 areas where the AI can get going and ofc 1 skull hit and he’s gone.
So, part of the problem with these new classes is they just are behind the 8 ball as soon as they are released, because of design decisions allowing stuff like the above.
Using Slayer has to probably be in slots 2,3 or 4, behind a tank with strong skull negation and you need others to kill.
It also doesn’t get any form of summons. It therefore works when things are killed, but then your traits are not going to be as useful. Bloodthirsty enrages you only. Bloodlust is sat behind a tank and Fireblade can’t be used. Then there’s stuff such as Soulcaller and Blood and Glory that just need to go.
All the talents from the war tree are casualties of the lack of skull protection and so it develops like this, where a class is not working as the talents would suggest.