2.1.2 Energy core is good enough that any character with it is solid at minimum, including B9 or old helene. Robots aren't worth discussing until that's resolved, except to say that angelan should be good regardless. Spamming hide a few times while threatening her ambush is huge threat and low-risk. Gunbjorn looks very, very good. Not many new characters are good leads or can threaten really scary stuff at close range. Bjorn does both. Ubu was a great lead before, if not the best, despite having to go far, while bjorn makes people push far (which is still fine for him). Right now, basically the only thing I can see keeping him down is the current energy core. Keep an eye on starbuck, as he's also a rare, good, closer-ranger from the new set. Gigaton w/ crit or stun is very close to a kill in most situations. K-9 whelp->starbuck might be overpowered right now, not sure. I don't think whelp->taf guaranteed ambush is a big deal, but it's something to watch out for. Marvin has some potentially very powerful interactions if his innate works the way it should. Marv->taf could be brutal, marv->gorbax lets him power up safely, marv->juju gives him a likely heal chain or heal->ToD threat (if ToD ends up being a threat). I would personally love it if marvin ended up top tier, as he seems like one of the most fun characters to play and to design decks around. Not sure if "make the interesting characters see play" is part of your plan, but his yomi will be exciting, and the number of guessing games and specific interactions he'll have should be staggering. Cervantes in his current form might be good, might have to yomi right too often to be good (without sextant), but I think his innate will simply not be fun. Many counter-switches will just be aggravating. Auger's innate can do similar things counter-wise, for instance, but looks like it will be fun to play with as it lets the opponent gamble if they want to, as opposed to twiddling their thumbs. With sextant, even at 50%, he might be worrisome. VV will likely be extremely good and irritating. Part of the problem there is that she can counter many characters who are on the bench, so while sadie won't get a 1hko from her, escaping doesn't do her much good either. Phoebe was 2nd worst before the new characters and I can't see any point in touching her now. Darla's just flat-out better.