I think CDPR should fix Dijkstra, so that he can discard cards, that he draws from deck.
The main reason for that is the Nilfgaardian Assire-Cantarella combo. If DJ pulls out (and he always does) Cantarella, the NR player is punished twice: He pulls one card for himself instead of two AND he rewards his opponent by 13 points. We get a ridiculous situation, when the NR player gives his opponent 17 points in general (4 DJ + 13 Cantarella) and gets to himself a card usually with much less value. That's a big problem for such a valuable card as DJ in NR.
If DJ is able to discard Cantarella, NR are still punished - they get just one card out of DJ and give the opponent 4 points. But it's not as ridiculous as giving your opponent 17 points and basicly making DJ a negative points play.
I agree that DJ is a powerful card, but he is hard to play, as he bricks a lot. You can ask NR players how many times DJ have let them down by pulling cards in the wrong order - special card before tormented mage, Kaedweni cavalry before Redanian elite, last card in deck before Stennis. And that is why you need to be careful when you use him.
I am all for making DJ not overpowered, but this Assire-Cantarella combo makes DJ ridiculously weak, as from overpowered card he becomes to a card with negative amount of points. You actually give your opponent more points than you get for yourself.
DJ is one of those cards that has an extremely high ceiling and extremely low floor. He is the old school RNG card we both love and hate. You're not gonna beat NG with an NR deck with or without DJ in your deck though. It's a balancing issue of the factions more than anything.
I have no problem with smart play. In general Assire-Cantarella is a legit combo. I only have an issue with its effect on DJ. Like I said before - it's ok for NR players to be punished by this smart play. The question is by what amount of points.
Let's take a look on best and worst case scenarios:
As things are today, DJ pulls out Cantarella and gives your opponent 17 points. Best case scenario - you pull another gold with DJ, let's say Keira or Seltkirk which can give max value of 18-19 points. You end up with two gold cards (DJ and the gold he pulled), which give you 1-2 points. Worst case scenario - you get some bronze card, that can't cover the 17 points advantage you gave your opponent. Not only it's a negative points play, it's a play that gives your opponent a ridiculous amount of points. In both cases the punishment is too hard, in my opinion - two golds for 1-2 points or a big negative points play.
What happens if CDPR change DJ the way I suggested:
DJ gives your opponent 4 points and discards Cantarella. Best case scenario - you pull Keira or Seltkirk which give you 18-19 points. You end up with 14-15 points from two golds. In worst case scenario you get some bronze, that compensates the 4 points DJ gave your opponent, eventually getting up to +9 points (NR strongest bronze is 13 pts). You are still being punished, but in a reasonable way.
Also I want to mention the fact that DJ is one of the most important cards in NR deck building and of the reasons that NR is still a playable faction after the last patch. Even so, there is no NR tier1 deck. From the other side, Nilfgaard is the number one faction of this meta with alchemy, handbuff and soldiers decks. Everyone of them is tier1 and everyone of them uses Assire-Cantarella combo. The change I suggested will bring more balance between those two factions and will make the game more competitive.
I'm fine with Assire can no longer put silver spies back into decks. She has enough of other targets. As to silver spies being basically banished, it's more complex, cause it's gonna affect other cards, like ghouls in monsters faction, that use them a lot.
Well CDPR said they lost sight of their original vision for Gwent. Well in Witcher 3 there were loads of spies. So based on that I doubt spies are going anywhere. Though if they do solve the blue coin issue then maybe they will get rid of them. I hope they do. Including getting rid of the draw a card option for Shupe. I've played around with Shupatael a bit and having 2 spies is just unfair. And before anyone says the draw a card isnt always an option- from my play it is an option 80-85% of the time I go for it.
Dj is a crazy card already, something like discard would push him into the op arena and then he'd be nerfed into the ground - honeslty if someone does shuffle cantarella back into your deck thats just a smart combo and a big part of gwent.
I like your idea but the card would have no flaws after that and everyone would use him.
I already answered to arguments as yours, but I will repeat myself:
1. Yes, DJ is a crazy card, but he is not flawless. He bricks a lot. It makes him a card you can't play any moment you like. You need to thin most of your deck before. He's very situational. To all of his NR bricks Nilfgaard players can add Cantarella, which can not be dodged in any way.
2. Again, I have no problem with smart plays. And I have no problem with Assire-Cantarella combo. I do have a problem with how much this combo has an effect on DJ - one of NR most used and needed cards: Getting 1-2 points from two golds or making a huge negative points play. And most important - lack of possibility to dodge or to soften this effect.
3. I can't agree, that DJ wouldn't have any flaws because of my idea. He would still have his NR bricks. And my idea still makes him less powerful, but in a more reasonable way. You still lose one of the cards you pull, cause you discard Cantarella. Actually DJ becomes slightly better than silver spy, giving your opponent 4 points instead of 13 and getting one card for yourself. An ok situation considering it's a gold card. Another thing is that even with DJ being so strong, there is no NR tier1 deck, opposite to Nilfgaardian decks, who are all played in the highest mmr. So fixing DJ won't make NR all powerful. It will make NR faction more balanced playing against Nilfgaard.