… there are at least two other more dangerous dinosaurs with similar swap-in mechanics?
I played a game which, I have to admit, was already unbalanced against me (my team is averaged at lvl 15-16, was fighting 19/20). Annoying, and a little rude, but whatever, it happens. But this opponent used SWIs… from a lvl 19 Kaprosuchus and a level 20 Irritator Gen 2.
The Kaprosuchus is the real star here. Granted, it only did about 700 or so damage but it cleared out my dino all the same, saving theirs. Caught me off-guard, but I’m not worried. Then again… Kapro has a Cleanse it uses to get rid of its own lockdown. Worse, it’s faster and by comparison to the DG2 it’s MUCH beefier at that level. So off it goes, swaps out for a better response to MY response.
Now I know he’s coming, so I try to plan accordingly. As plans can sometimes go, mine didn’t work - but it wasn’t a wounded Kapro I was expecting that he brought in. Instead, it was an Irritator Gen 2. Another 700+ instant damage, and a solid hit point pool to get through while still being MUCH faster than a Dracorex. Either way, my shielding dinos were going to be perpetually busted because unlike the DG2, both the Kapro and Irritator have defense-shattering basics.
I was probably doomed by the level difference, if we’re being honest, but it was some excellent use of SIAs that weren’t from a Dracorex.
Let me ask you all this: why so much hate for the Dracorex Gen 2, when at least two other dinosaurs do more or less what it does but “better”?
It can’t be that the DG2 is common, because the Irritator is common.
It can’t be the 1-turn lockdown, because Kaprosuchus has a 1-turn lockdown using cleanse.
It isn’t because the DG2 is a powerhouse, because if it weren’t for the fact that the SIA is a Rampage it would be one of the most useless dinos in the game due to a low healthpool and lacklustre abilities.
Both Kaprosuchus and Irritator Gen 2 can swap in to steal a kill at better-than-instant speed, and then are FAR better equipped to be useful through the rest of the match.
Why doesn’t anyone even mention these, while DG2 has no less than 5 or so “hate” threads? It can drop one bomb and basically sits there waiting to die. The other two drop smaller bombs, but can continue to shred a team afterward.