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The trick to maximizing Ursula's potential is to make sure you are triggering her ability every round for a free investigate action. To do this, you'll need to make sure you move every round. Keep that in mind as you progress through the scenario and plan ahead.
For example - there's one action left, with one clue on your location still. You haven't used your free investigate this turn, and you're wondering how to make use of it without leaving this lone clue lying around. With this deck, your options are plentiful:
- Grab the clue with a fast event
- Investigate normally then speed away
- Move anyway and get the clue later with hindsight
- Or just simply move the clue with you
Momentum is key - liberally use your events whenever you can to speed up your progress.
The ideal player count for Ursula is 2-3 as there are just the right amount of clues for her to be triggering her ability every round without getting bogged down with too many clues on a single location. You can easily take Ursula in 4 player games, but don't try to be the only clue gatherer!
Looking for a solo deck instead? I highly recommend this one.
Core Upgrades (20 XP)
You should perform these upgrades before any others:
- x2 True Understanding x2 Pathfinder
- x2 Studious
- x2 Shortcut x2 Shortcut (2)
- x2 Vantage Point x2 Cryptic Research
After this point you can upgrade it how you like - see the "Further Upgrade Options" section below for suggestions.
Mulligan hard for Magnifying Glass and Dr. Milan Christopher early for the passive boost. If you don't get your sugardaddy then don't worry - Crack the Case has you covered. If you have to start the scenario with your base 4 then just go for it - use skill boosts in the meantime.
If you have both the above cards in your opening hand then prioritise Crack the Case, Practice Makes Perfect, Shortcut and "I've got a plan!". Make sure you put Perception and Deduction back into your deck so Practice Makes Perfect can pull them out and duplicate their use.
If you're starting a new campaign, I'd strongly recommend finding room for Strange Solution and Archaic Glyphs if you can. Upgrading the solution to Acidic Ichor will seriously increase your usefulness against VP enemies, and the glyphs can be upgraded into Prophecy Foretold or Guiding Stones to turn Ursula into an utter beast.
Call of the Unknown
This is a fun weakness. Every round you'll be proclaiming "I nominate X location as my investigation target!". It's thematically-fitting for Ursula, isn't an immediate screw-over and allows you to actively make decisions to mitigate it. Keep moving and investigating and you'll be fine.
His AoO prevention is great in solo where you can't afford to let enemies stop you from gathering clues. In multiplayer, Jake just isn't as good as Milan. More clues in multiplayer means more resources from Milan.
"I've got a plan!"
Too valuable not to include. I've lost count of how many scary-looking enemies I've one-shot killed with this card.
Connect the Dots
This card really shines in 4-player, where you'll have lots of simulatenously revealed locations with a large number of clues on them. If you're playing 2-player then I recommend you cut this card for an upgrade. Remember, you can commit it to a skill test for !
Crack the Case
This card enables you to carry on paying for the other fast events that will accelerate your progress.
Go even faster. And have more opportunities to trigger Ursula's ability.
Don't get too fancy with this - use it liberally for a -1 shroud modifier for a whole turn. Or if there is a lone clue somewhere else on the map, use it to clean up. This card becomes less useful in 4-player, so it's a good target to cut for an upgrade.
Ursula's 3 tends to struggle with a lot of treacheries, so she needs all the boost she can get.
Ursula's 4 is great, but you'll want to bump this up for the really critical evades, particularly against Alert enemies.
Easier to trigger than it looks like. "A scenario card" means anything on an encounter card, location, agenda, or act. Save this card for a treachery to net yourself an extra clue.
The classic versatile skill card. Don't leave home without it.
Further Upgrade Options
A list of potential upgrade options once you've got the fundamentals:
Death • XIII
A great +1 for 1XP. With Studious you will increase your odds of getting this card in your opening hand. (Note: If your random basic weakness is The Tower • XVI then do not take any tarot upgrades, because you'll end up needing to put the tower into play which will replace whatever is in your tarot slot).
In such an event-heavy deck, you should really consider taking this one.
With or without taboo, this is a great upgrade. I try not to rely on it too much though, the 5-card requirement can really encourage you to slow down event usage.
Not an urgent upgrade, but later in the campaign you may want to include this in order to accommodate a useful story ally or a cute kitty. Don't take this if it's only to accommodate Milan and Jake at the same time.
The value of this card is completely dependent on the scenario you're playing. But for most of the time it has at least +1 and +1 , so it's worth considering.
Sometimes losing a clue (i.e an action to pick it up again) is much better than having to deal with certain treacheries.
The Gold Pocket Watch
If you're playing a 3 or 4 player campaign then this is definitely worth picking up. Don't repeat the investigation phase, just skip the mythos phase so your ability can be used again.
The Black Cat
For 5XP this is an expensive option. However you'll find with Ursula that often the elder sign comes at a moment when you can't take advantage of the free move, and it can be a real life-saver to divert that to the black cat instead (I would not have survived Shattered Aeons without it). Excellent chaos bag manipulation and an amazing damage/horror sponge if you can afford the XP.
The Eye of Truth
Expensive but incredible. Later on in the campaign you should have enough XP to include at least one of these, and every campaign has a few treacheries that you'd really rather avoid. Remember it's a practiced skill so your Practice Makes Perfect can make it usable twice!
Calling in Favors
As above, if you don't get Milan early then you'll just have to roll with it. Putting this card into the deck just to help get Milan can really disrupt your tempo. If this card was fast then it would be a different matter!
Hawk-Eye Folding Camera
Not a bad card. However you only have two hands, and you know what you should be doing with them. Magnifying glasses give you an immediate boost without disrupting your tempo. And you don't want to wait for them to become active.
Tooth of Eztli
The and for treacheries is useful, but the quicker you are at completing the scenario the fewer treacheries you have to endure. Setting up for the long haul is not the aim of this deck!
Equipping this can be real tempo hit. And if you've got the actions/resources to spare, then you're probably not doing badly enough to warrant the boosts.
In solo there are so many 1-clue locations that this almost translates to a passive +2 boost. However this is a multiplayer deck, and you'll be investigating multiple clues per location. Great for solo, bad for multiplayer.
Mind over Matter
As Ursula already has decent agility, you'd really only take this to pass a strength test somewhere. Outside of combat, this is very rare. Treacheries like Locked Door or Entombed both have agility options, and with enemies you'd be better off killing them with a cunning plan.
Unearth the Ancients
There simply aren't enough assets in this deck to justify the inclusion of this card. It can be used from Ursula's ability, though.
Thanks for sticking around to the end, good luck on your campaign and let me know how it goes!