Great review, of a game I was not aware of and is perfectly suited for this site (and me)!
I was sold on this game (neat idea and presentation) until I arrived at the sentence, "There is little opportunity to manage the content of your deck." Ummmm, why have a deck if you can't manage it? It's 2019, not 1985. With that much luck involved, it makes the strategy seem almost irrelevant. Hopefully, they will correct this obvious flaw : )
There is strategy, it’s just not really a deck builder and shouldn’t be portrayed as one. Your deck is basically one copy of every guy. When you win a fight you can add another copy of a guy to your deck (always add a second thief if you get the opportunityj. All the guys have have special powers and the strategy is making the best out of the guys you draw.
It’s pretty hard to win. I’ve beat the big boss guy once out of dozens of tries (with the archer). I do almost always get to him now that I’ve got a good grasp of how all the different little guys work.