Actually saw Royal Decree played today. And not for drawing Viy one additional time, but in NG deck for Anna-Henrietta. Too bad Blaze of Glory only works when you have SK units in your deckThe echo tutors are a lazy band-aid solution to bronzes being too weak compared to high-end golds.
It ultimately allows what used to be perfectly fine risky decks like Pavetta/Lippy to run rampant.
High risk high reward decks do not exist anymore in Gwent because players who didn't like risks wanted to play them and subsequently became upset when they realized they were in fact risky. Now there is just reward.
What the people defending the echo tutors always leave out is the fact that we had a fair amount of tutor options before, only they didn't guarantee you to play anything you want anytime you want TWICE. Anyone remember Royal Decree? Matta?
I'm fine with category tutors that come at a cost like Quen. And tutors that are there to thin out your options a bit like War Council.
But with MM the devs did as they tend to which is to go overboard to the extreme and effectively powercrept these perfectly fine tutors to the point where every single top tier deck is now forced to include universal tutors although this was already starting to become an issue before this (Call of the Forest).