So will these cards be LOTF-level or stronger since it's technically a stand-alone set?
I think this is a big question still to be answered. Lots of opinions here on what the best course of action would be.
If it's stand-alone, as in the cards aren't in line with where they would normally fall in the LOW/LOTF scheme of things, then I would really be on the fence about picking this up. In fact, I'd have to lean towards giving it a pass. I just don't want a Jigsaw card that beats Lou Thesz or Quackenbush that holds his own in the ring with Andre The Giant (no offense to a pair of guys I like to watch in the ring, but I'm being realistic).
I see no reason they can't work within the scheme of things by simply adjusting the benchmark of what is a "superstar" card, midcard, etc. By that I mean take the cards you want to be the stars of the set, make the stats in line with where they would fall in the scheme of the Legends Of Wrestling world, and then work back from there. That way they are all in line with each other; the guys you want to be the best would be, but they would also work with the rest of the game and that would give incentive for the Legends Of Wrestling/ Legends Of The Future supporters to buy it as well.
Because I would really like to add them to my current LOTF fed Vegas Wrestling Guerrilla, I'm personally hoping these cards are at the level they would be for a regular LOTF set release.
And I also hope this set becomes a gateway for Legends in color. I think those color cards look awesome and I am really looking forward to seeing what current PWG World Champion Claudo Castagnoli's color card looks like in this Chikara set!
I would much prefer they fall in line with what we already have. I am not planning on running a Chikara fed but I would love to get their wrestlers to add to my current indy fed.
That is my opinion and I am sticking to it.
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My thought would be to make them slightly stronger but still below LOW-level. For example, going by Rahl Ratings, the stronger LOW cards (not counting Thesz/Andre) are in the 40's. The stronger LOTF cards are in the 20's. Maybe instead, bump the Chikara cards so the stronger cards are in the low 30's. This way, people can use them with both LOW and LOTF sets.
I would hope they would stay around their already established power levels (Quack has a pretty strong Rahl rating, so does Jigsaw) which would alow me to take the guys who might not get cards in this first set but still have LotF cards and insert them into the CHIKARA set. I fully intend on buying this set and any subsiquent releases for it no matter what. And I fully intend on running a CHIKARA stand alone fed to "compete" with my other LotF fed. I absolutly love CHIKARA, even though to my knowledge they have never done a show in Texas. But niether has KBB and I love them too. Saddly however I must report that due to a temporal disturbance caused by Dr. Cube using Super Dimensional Slug-1 to travel back in time and attempt to change the course of his match against Mike Quackenbush at the final card of FLoW Season 2...the entire FLoW timeline from the begining has been erased. The fed never existed. No I will not explain how I would know about this if it never happened nor will I explain how it could happen if the circumstances behind it's happening could now not happen. Time travel is a funny thing like that.
I guess I'm in the minority, but I'd rather the cards be stronger as a stand-alone set. Also, if Chikara is going to promote this set, you'd think they'd want them that way too. Trying to bring in new buyers by offering strictly "lower tier" guys, doesn't seem to be a very good marketing ploy, IMO.
Obviously a stand alone set won't appeal to some current players, but I think it is the best way to bring in a core new audience. Besides, if we have Chikara on contract, who's to say there won't be LOTF SE/LE's for the guys we don't have in LOTF, that we do have in the Chikara set, later down the road.
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