Recently, it has become a lot more common for the Prince to claim d1 in ToL. This is unfair for evils/NK, as there is not enough counterplay to this, since Prince claiming on d1 means that there is next to no chance of him dying early. It doesn’t really matter if the Prince claim is fake, since healers can be confirmed on them by gossip or soft-confirmed through brilder count.
Ways to punish princes who out d1:
- Convert a Sage/Enforcer to kill him later (rare this will actually happen unless you hit a convert immune n1), the former of which can be denied with GK guard
- Reaper circle to kill the healers/nobles/knights/observers, but this actually hurts Reaper because of the -2 souls (opportunity cost), and there could also be a Mercenary/SS blocking your kills
- Reap them immediately (could be a Knight/Observer/Mercenary on them, too much risk)
- Bomb them as Sorcerer if there is a d1 Mercenary claim - this is very risky since the Mercenary might shield them or just not be on them at all, also means sacrificing a bomb
The only reliable way to get rid of the Prince early on, is to get a Ritualist.
I’m not saying that having to work around the Prince in the midgame, such as pushing for him to jail certain targets is a bad thing, I’m saying that d1 Prince meta is too strong, since he can be babysat with little consequence coming from his d1 claim.