it's a very nice card on it's own, and perhaps not a game breaker, but they gave it to SHUB !!!!!??? who already has Feed Her Young and Harvesting Mi-go. now a Shub faction can have almost a guarantee of getting either the Festival and/or Feed Her Young in the starting hand. true in that it can be destroyed, but guess what factions are able to do that as cost efficiently as them playing it. hmmmm. Shub and Cthulhu, both factions that now have the 'dreaded' resource ramp capability. so is everyone supposed to limit themselves to these factions to a) keep up with the Jones' and b) be able to destroy it for 1 cost ? i dunno. it's not the card that bothers me as much as the lack of faction diversity that it MIGHT create.
let's look at this crazy example as well.
play the Festival with a 1 domain and use it to remove a character from the 2 domain (after using) and replace with another the Festival. 2-1-1 like everyone else.
remove the Festival from resources and replace. by chance you've also drawn a Harvesting Mi-go by now to return the character from discard. activate the Festival in discard and by turns end you'll be at 4-2-1, while the opponent is still mucking around at 2-2-1.
remove Festival ya-da-ya-da and again luckily you've got a Feed Her Young for end turn resources of 5-3-2. opponent still at 3-2-1.
5-4-3 and so on and so on.
it's not the card on it's own that concerns me. it's the compounding it creates with other cards that (though it does i admit require luck) create a very difficult scenario to win against.
and don't forget there's Nug as well……………….
now i started this game with a Shub/Yog AO deck when Feed Her Young, Nug and the Festival didn't even exist, using solely Harvesting Mi-go, and I was STILL able to punch out AO's in turn 2 or 3 (albeit using Limbo Gate). it was hard, but do-able, and in my mind was about as likely to happen as it needed to be, as it still gave the other guys a chance. if i were to update that deck yet again after the new expansion comes out (as it was done to create the Worlds deck), then i'd simply not be interested playing against it. any fool could build it now, and if the Shub/Yog decks weren't boringly prevalent last Nationals (which is why last minute i changed), then this year it would be even less fun attending for all the red/purple decks you'll be seeing (as next expansion is Yog, and they'll PERHAPS squeeze another one in before next Nationals).
BUT. they may have plans for future expansions to somehow combat this. who knows. so Dboeren is right in that sometimes it's just a sit and wait game with these things. but the future does not look promising, and power creep is indeed here people, with games decided in the first couple of turns. if I'm ever playing against Shub/Yog i'll simply ask:
'do you have the Festival, Feed Her Young and perhaps an Under the Porch or Harvesting Mi-go in hand?'
and if the answer is yes i'd be tempted to just get up and walk away.
BUT. still not complaining. i have my HAMU deck that doesn't really care what resources you have. the possibility of 0 skill each turn and the chance of all my opponents going insane in 1 turn is enough for me. bollocks to Shub/Yog (haha).