Cosmonaut Zero wrote:
One point of clarification: this can't ever be the very first monster you encounter because it's not a front cover. In a two player game you will always have had at least 2 turns before you see this monster.
My first game was a 2-player game where this monster flipped as early as it possibly can. It was annoying, but we were able to focus on spells that were superseded by purchased spells (we had both purchased at least one spell by this point). I don't really see you not wanting to replace 2+ of your starter spells at some point in a 2-player game anyway, so it does basically nothing to harm your late game potential. Just be careful not to kill anything you don't know you can replace (don't ditch your starter blue spell if you have no other way of putting things in support), and you'll be fine.
Honestly the draw card, the blue one and the "give an action" are all very good, even late game, spells. I actually find a good chunk of level 3 spells quite disappointing.
That being said, I'll try and hope the monster will never come