Apart from bad luck or distracted play of course, it feels like I'm hacking the game when using it. So I beat Dredmor the first time (yay) today, with this build Daggers Bankster Piracy Magical Law Dual Wielding Assassination Burglary The original idea was to exploit Magical Law and Piracy for 100% counter with Objection to support the Bankster debuff removal, and that worked well enough, though by the time I reached floor 11 I had ~90% passive counterattack, so that didn't end up being a good use of MP, and as a result I just wasn't getting hit enough to ever use Fiscal Hedge, except as a failsafe on big bosses. What I really ended up using to the exclusion of all else, once I got below lvl 10, was Gag Order and Polymorphic Injunction. Yes, I had a lot of from all those Rogue skills and that helped keep the cost down, but corruption monsters were a total nonissue. Does it cast corruption, or nuke in some nasty way? Gag it. Does it corrupt by touch? Rewrite it. dlvl13 was a snap. Gag archmages in sight, move away for them all to die, then move in and clear everything else. I could have done the same splashing this into an all Warrior build, and being more consistent about drinking, and could have done it all the way down. I can't think of a reason to not include it in every build, frankly. There's no negatives, unless you count being unable to use them as often as a negative. Doesn't seem like that big a negative, though. Black Lotus is still a must have, even if you can only have 1 in your deck.