Thank you for the detailed comment!
I think your first point is very important, and it is very risky to trade away guaranteed card advantage for card quality, especially if both players have only a few cards left. I could have made that clearer in the article.
I am also planning to cover some of your points in the next article, which will be from the loser(of round 1)'s perspective. A particular focus will be on the tension of when to play your powerful and/or 'damage over time' cards.