Guardian
Event

Upgrade.

Cost: 0. XP: 1.
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Fast. Play only during your turn.

Attach to an Item asset you control. Limit 1 per asset.

After attached asset is discarded: Return it to its owner's hand, along with each other Upgrade attachment that was attached to it.

John Pacer
The Wages of Sin #152.
Well-Maintained
Reviews

Well-Maintained is a card multiplier, it's power is strictly dependent on the card you apply it to so evaluating Well-Maintained in vacuum is HARD. Even so, here are some notes to keep in mind:

  • It returns the cards to your hand when discarded, this means that cards that do not self-discard are not returned till manually or unintentionally discarded. The card is missing a clause that let's it discard the attached asset, in my mind.
  • There are several treacheries that discard assets, such as Crypt Chill, that Well-Maintained helps you defend against.
  • Costs are not refunded so you still must be able to pay for the asset again, an issue mostly for the big guns.
  • Custom Ammunition and Reliable are the only/most important Upgrades to be released so far.

The most immediate way to read Well-Maintained is to assume it's meant for a big gun, but there are lots of cards that operate far more smoothly within the bounds of the wording. For example:

There are lots of items that don't discard but still work good with Well-Maintained, it just requires an extra step to execute on, to recurse an empty gun you need to play something else over it in the slot, for example a Flashlight or another copy of the gun, this is still a rather slow process so I wouldn't pick Well-Maintained for this purpose exclusively, Extra Ammunition is a much better option for reloading guns! But, when you have some of the other cards mentioned above, and/or one or both of the upgrade cards, Well-Maintained becomes a much more impressive addition.

Finally there's a couple more combos that are absolutely worth your attention:

Tsuruki23 · 2324
Does well maintained return itself to your hand? — Django · 4286
@Django It does not; it specifically says "other" upgrade cards. — SGPrometheus · 685
Could I have 2 of them to return both? — trazoM · 9
Limit 1 per asset, so no. — TheNameWasTaken · 3
For Skidds and Tony, this combos really nicely with Joey "The Rat" (3). Free trigger to 'discard' it back to your hand plus 2 resources to help play it back out - maybe even Fast. — Death by Chocolate · 1229

While this card can be used by guardians as insurance against item destruction on their expensive weapons (lightning gun, timeworn brand), paying the cost of 4 or 5 resources to replay the item could still be problematic ('act of desperation' could mitigate this by giving you resources equal to the item's cost after a successful attack).

A much better use, in my opinion, is to play 'well-maintained' on low-cost and high-value items that are cheap to replay and preferably discard themselves after use. One such item is 'grotesque statue' in the mystic class. Diana Stanley can take both 'well-maintained' and 'grotesque statue'. Once you have a statue in play, the two 'well-maintained' events basically function as extra copies of the statue, so you're functionally playing a Diana deck with 4 copies of 'grotesque statue'! Lola Hayes can take both cards as well, but she needs to be a mystic to trigger the statue and a guardian to trigger 'well-maintained' which might be difficult to achieve consistently.

11zxcvb11 · 3
In addition, while Sleight of Hand + Act of Desperation is already a popular combo. Consider adding Well-maintained. Now that's a pretty big combo (4 cards, counting the high cost item you want to use), but that's some effect. — Phelpsb83 · 177

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Overpowered in a Vincent Lee recursion deck with the combo piece Bandages + Well-Maintained + Spirit of Humanity. Endless recursion of Bandages, fill the bag up with 10 Blessed Tokens with Spirit of Humanity. This also procs Vincent's ability, giving you endless On the Mend (Unexpected Courage). You'll need someway to offset the horror damage, though.

What's the meaning of "endless recursion"? Did you miss that you cannot return Well-Maintained itself? — elkeinkrad · 389