Seeker
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Item. Relic. Occult.

Cost: 1. XP: 1.
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If you have 3 copies of Segment of Onyx in play: Set them aside, out of play. Search your bonded cards for Pendant of the Queen and put it into play.

Diana Martínez
The Dream-Eaters #21.
Segment of Onyx
Reviews

This card is as amazing as it is fun to play. Its overpowered action-compression () and variance mitigation (test less clues/evade) effects are balanced by the fact that you have to gather 3 cards to bring the Pendant of the Queen into play. Because of this and also because it takes allot of deck space, this card should only be used if you are building a deck around it.

What’s the best strategy to use with the Segment of Onyx

The possible strategies you can use to find the Segments of Onyx are search, mill or a combination of both. I consider a pure search build the best way to assemble the pendant, since searching reduces variance or even eliminates it so you will get the Pendant of the Queen faster than the most aggressive mill decks ever could. I would also recommend not adding pure mill cards like Preposterous Sketches or Cryptic Research to your search deck, because through your search actions you will be pulling 1, 2, 3 or even 4 extra cards out of your deck per turn so you will be milling just by searching. Here are some of the best search synergy cards: Mr. "Rook", Astounding Revelation, No Stone Unturned (5), Old Book of Lore. At 0 XP Backpack and Calling in Favors are also good.

What is the best investigator to play with Segment of Onyx?

Mandy Thompson, the queen of search, should be the best investigator for this build right? Actually, I prefer Daisy Walker because of 3 reasons:

  1. Her Weakness doesn’t cancel searches and she can use No Stone Unturned(5) in turn 1.

  2. She can play Recharge. This is the most important reason why I prefer Daisy over Mandy. Once I have Pendant of the Queen in play and 1 copy of Eldritch Inspiration in my hand then every Recharge becomes a copy of Pendant of the Queen that cost 0 resources to play.

  3. She can trigger the Old Book of Lore more often than Mandy and without losing an action. Once her Old Book of Lore of Lore is in play Daisy’s searching power is almost as good as Mandy’s.

Piloting the Pendant of the Queen

The Pendant of the Queen is inutitive and easy to use, here are some guidelines:

  1. Use the free and test less evade effect only in case of emergency (to save someone from certain doom or scape from an enemy when your bodyguard can’t help).
  1. Use the teleport action only if it would save you at least 2 actions and save 1 charge if you know that at some point you will want to teleport across the map.

  2. Use the free clue trigger only in locations with 4+ shroud or in locations where investigating is risky (locations that drain your resources just by standing there or investigating).

Example of good piloting in a 2 player game:

You move to investigate in a 1-3 shroud location with 4+ clues. While you clean this location of clues, you use your Pendant of the Queen to clean the 2 clues at the 4-5 shroud dead end location your fellow investigator/bodyguard revealed. Using the Pendant of the Queen you saved 2+ investigate actions and 2+ move actions (you don’t have to move in and out of that remote location). This shows the action-compression and variance mitigation power of this card.

Cons of running the Pendant of the Queen

  1. Tight deck space. The Segment of Onyx takes allot of deck space and can compete with other OP cards like Ancient Stone. Nevertheless the variance mitigation of a search deck allows us to play many of our best cards as one-offs, without skipping their powerful effects. In other words I can run only 1 copy of Ancient Stone in my search deck and still the probability of me seen it and using it is higher than in a normal deck that runs 2 copies and no search.

  2. Many cards are needed to make it work. Indeed, but many of those are search cards and the search strategy is strong even if the Segment of Onyx wouldn’t exist.

  3. The only true problem of this strategy is the lack of access to Adaptable of Daisy and Mandy. This means you have to expend XP on some lvl 0 cards once you get the Segment of Onyx or start your campaign with some suboptimal cards, namely 2 copies of Enrapturedand 1 copy of Eldritch Inspiration. This is not great but also not terrible.

Final Words

I really like the mechanics, balance and strenght of this card. If you like seekers (especially Daisy and Mandy) I would recommend trying it. To be fair constructing the perfect deck to go with the Segment of Onyx is no easy task and at the moment there are almost no decks on Arkham DB that focus on exploiting the Pendant of the Queen. Most of the published decks just run it as an afterthought/gimmick and the few that do focus it (1 or 2) are Mandy builds that are just ok. I do plan to publish a full in depth guide and build with Daisy but I still have to do some more playtesting and refinements, so this is as much insight as I can provide right now.

Alogon · 264
I’m on the fence on whether Eldritch Inspiration really makes Recharge perfect (I’ve considered the same combo in Luke for his Gate Box). It certainly removes the risk, but whether it guarantees the charges depends on whether the ‘Otherwise’ in the last sentence refers to the first (trigger condition: reveal a spooky token) or second (effect: discard the relic/spell) clause of the preceding sentence. If the later, then it clearly guarantees, but if the former it should just do nothing. Eldritch Inspiration doesn’t actually cancel the token reveal, so it is not ‘otherwise’ from the circumstances of a spooky token having been revealed. Neither discard nor three charges. Otherwise, I fully agree with your assessments of Segment of Onyx! :) — Death by Chocolate · 12
The devil is always in the detail! I see the problem the same way, the interaction between Eldritch Inspiration and Recharge depends on what the word "Otherwise" refers to, namely the revelation of the b*s token or the resolution of the negative effect (discarding the asset). In Reddit people say that "Otherwise" refers to the revelation of the token, so if you draw a b*s token you aren't getting those sweet extra 3 charges no matter what. Nevertheless I have asked for an official ruling and will edit the review ASAP. If Eldritch Inspiration dosn't guarantee extra charges then the only alternatives are Premonition and Olive McBride :C ... — Alogon · 264

Fun card that requires a little help.

Segment of Onyx is fun and powerful, but not without the right tech. You need drawpower to find it, or tutors, and you need deckspace. It's actually quite costly at 3 resources to "complete".

For a full on this card will probably pull it's weight, Preposterous Sketches, Cryptic Research, Mr. "Rook" and Glimpse the Unthinkable make actually finding the things relatively easy, Feed the Mind will find it in a jiffy! For a full-seeker there is one problem though, 3 slots might be very hard to come by! Segment of Onyx competes HARD with the classic "research" cards, Strange Solution and Archaic Glyphs, if it's not pushing those out then it's competing with powerful mechanics like "I've got a plan!", Pathfinder or Connect the Dots. Don't forget that Segment of Onyx also needs support to find them with.

For a non the prerequisite for card support is harder, there are no Glimpse the Unthinkable, Cryptic Research for them and Mr. "Rook" charges might very well be better spent on other things (finding weapons, useful skill cards in the moment). If you get Segment of Onyx then you should probably also be getting Preposterous Sketches ASAP. Feeling like you HAVE to tutor fragments can actually get in your way and until you complete the damn thing the early shards will feel like duds.

I dont think I really need to talk about how powerful this thing is when you complete it, crazy movement efficiency, evasion and unstoppable clue gathering make it rather awesome, Pendant of the Queen is perhaps one of the single strongest items in the game. It's particularly interesting to multi-role characters like Roland Banks and Joe Diamond since they can make full use of every facet of the card, it's also rather attractive for Daisy Walker who can assemble it with Old Book of Lore and she can use Recharge and Enraptured to get extra uses from it. Minh Thi Phan will be a natural fit, she runs through a deck at rapid speed and the flexible uses are of particular interest to her.

Tsuruki23 · 833
Allow me to speculate rampantly with you before the card is even released! (Which I mean with love :-) ) *** I think you are correct that Segment of Onyx will require significant support from other cards/mechanics given that each segment is individually meaningless and all three are required for value. That said, many cards have a similar constraint. For example, Guardian Big Guns(tm) often require support to find them, reload them, etc. *** One card I would add to your list of searching cards is Backpack. I can easily imagine a deck with 3x Segments of Onyx, 2x Emergency Cache, 2-4x hand slot items (even if just 2x Mag Lens), and 2x miscellaneous item/supply cards. Backpack could work quite well for finding segments and generally thinning the deck. *** I respectfully disagree with your statement of "it's actually quite costly at 3 resources to 'complete'." I think three resources is really cheap for what you get! Working a Hunch, Connect the Dots, Intel Report, and other cards are 2-for-1 with resources-for-clues while this is 1-for-1. Elusive is an amazing card and is 2-for-1 for a teleport (though you also get free disengagement) while this is 1-for-1. Decoy is 2-for-1 for an evade while this is 1-for-1, and this can affect Elite enemies. *** Lastly, something I think is very important about the Pendant is that it recycles itself. When then Pendant runs out of charges it goes out of play and shuffles the Segments back into your deck. This means you can find it again, and hopefully easier the second (third?) time because your deck is smaller. I would design my deck with the expectation that I'm going to build the Pendant at least twice in cycling through my deck for the first time. — SocialPsientist · 54
I agree with Social, the value you get from 3 resources and the card set up seems pretty worth. — applejuice4spill · 1