sigh. This card is ruff.
- Recap: I like calculating at; 2 Damage per 1 Resource. 1 Thwart per 1 Resource
- Total Cost: 3 Resources
- Goal: 6 Damage or 3 Thwart or a combination of the two.
- Actual Value: 4 Damage or 2 Thwart or a combination of the two.
- Summary: 4 damage is 2 resources worth of damage (very bad) and 2 Thwart is 2 resources worth of thwart (okay).
Kate's ability turns 1 resource into 1 damage. If you pitch a card worth 3 resources, you'll deal 3 damage. It's not an efficient use of resources but, I don't think that's the intention of this ability.
In my opinion, Kate exists as a means to use cards that might have been leftover in your hand at the end of your turn. Cards that didn't quite fit in the strategy of your turn. Cards that you were planning on discarding anyway.
Hoh boy. So obviously, her base numerics aren't that good. Thwart is fine, as is using her as a meat shield, but the real goal of this card is to use her ability. You can use it with something like Sky Cycle to trigger twice per turn. I also think that you may want to look at running cards like Team Training, Teamwork or Strength In Numbers to further cover your bases.
I think a deck that runs Kate is a deck built around variability and adaptability. You're not building for big upgraded allies like Iron Man, Ronin, or Giant-Man, but instead looking to throw out allies who have very niche uses (Wonder Man, Ant-Man or Stinger).
You're looking to optimize every turn by filling in the holes of that turn with actions that would normally be less optimal.
You could run a card like this in Leadership Hulk, as a means to capitalize on Limitless Strength and the fact that it's Hero Mode only. Strength In Numbers decks may actually help Hulk have some decent turns. Both Captain Marvel and Black Panther have multi-resource cards that you may sometimes find yourself not using.
Ultimately, it's a very niche card that requires a particular mindset when attempting to play. Similar to the O.G. Hawkeye, I don't see this being ran in nearly all Leadership decks.