Dark Side of Business

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Battle Card
Dark Side of Business.png
+2 attack, enemy loses -2 defense. For every point of damage you would deal, steal 5 stars from your opponent instead.
2 ☆
Cost
10 ★
Limit
3 per Deck
Symbol
Lucas-Shiroi
Uncommon Card
"'Extortion' - An act of monetary gain by inflicting violence upon a weaker target."

Dark Side of Business is a 2-star battle card that enables the user to steal stars. Upon activation, the player will gain an additional +2 to their attack stat and the enemy will receive -2 to their defense stat. For every point of damage the player would deal during the battle, they will instead steal 5 stars from the opponent. (This card does no HP damage)

Strategic Info[edit | edit source]

Dark Side of Business is an unusual battle card that unlike most other battle cards does not enable the user to deal any damage to an opponent's HP— stealing stars from them instead of dealing damage. Since the amount of stars stolen is based on how much damage would have been dealt to the opponent's health, the player will want either the opponent's stats to be debuffed or their own stats to be buffed as much possible to maximize the effectiveness of the card. Fortunately, the card already provides a powerful +2 buff to the player's attack and brutal -2 debuff to the opponent's defense, to almost guarantee recovering the card activation fee. Consequently, it is ideal to combo the card with other cards like  Super All-Out Mode or  Heat 300% or to pair it with a character with a high attack stat such as Yuki or Tomomo to further increase the amount of stars stolen. Generally, the card is best used against an opponent that the player is unlikely to KO, in order to extort a good number of stars from them without a KO. In particular, Dark Side of Business can be very effective against tank characters like Fernet and Kyoko, enabling the player to rob the opponent of stars without having to deal with their high health and defense stat. Under the right circumstances, it may also be worthwhile to use Dark Side of Business against a boss that has KO'd another player already. If the player is unlikely to KO the boss before another player, they may as well steal some of the stars before another player collects them all. The card also be used specifically to counter Alte's  Self-Destruct, as the player will deal no HP damage, and thus be unable to cause a KO and trigger the effect.

Despite its effect appearing great on paper, Dark Side of Business suffers from a few critical weaknesses. The most obvious issue with the card is that it does not prevent the opponent from counter-attacking the player. If the player is low on HP, they can likely be KO'd after using the card since it does not harm either the opponent's attack stat or protect the player. Likewise, if the player is trying to KO an opponent, the card should not be used, as it will waste the player's increased stats on no damage to the opponent and likely steal fewer stars then would have been received by just KOing the opponent. Another fault with the card is its price. Although 10 stars is not much, it means the player will need to do at least 2 damage just to pay off the card's price. Thus, the player will need to do at least 3-4 damage just to make any meaningful gain in stars. As a result, the player should generally not bring Dark Side of Business with a character with a low default attack stat, as the odds of dealing 3-4 damage are substantially lower.