"Perhaps one of the most respected professions in human society is to serve the Great Oak. Followers of the Oak are religious healers who do their best to ward off the pestilence and death that can manifest in larger human cities. Contrary to popular belief, however, their is nothing miraculous about their healing methods, as anyone who has come to them with a gangrenous leg knows all too well. The mystique of the profession can get lost among the screams when the Sawbones has to hack off a limb."
The Sawbones is a mix of two different playstyles: Support and Crowd Control. When one looks at Sawbones, the first build evident is the support build, because of his unique Medical Pack mechanic, which allows him to gift other players temporary cards which can be used once for either basic actions or Heal actions, plus the plethora of other healing options.
But Sawbones has much more potential than just that. Through his stuns and disarms plus the bottom of Hold Back the Pain, the Sawbones can be a very strong crowd control character while dishing out serious damage. At higher levels, a Sawbones player may use jump boots or a jump enhancement to move into a group of enemies at a late initiative, then proceed to keep them out of the fight for multiple rounds using Prevention is Key, HBTP with Gentleman's Anger, and Grisly Trauma.
Other subthemes include a "negative conditions matter" theme, of which the most important card is Euthanize. With it plus other cards like Syringe, Amputate, and Grisly Trauma, you can fairly easily kill at least 1 normal enemy per deck cycle.
The last theme of note is the most problematic in terms of game balance; a granted permanent defensive buff subtheme through the cards Booster Shot, Regenerative Tissue, Vaccine, and Research the Cure. Booster Shot plus RtC can render a tank all but invincible, granting it an insane shield 2, and unlike all other passives, it isn't lost when the (now much lower stamina) Sawbones exhausts, as they are considered to be the owner of the card for that scenario. With Sawbones powerful support behind a good tank, it can trivialize entire scenarios.
|Level||Name||Init||Top Effect Types||Bottom Effect Types|
|M||Medical Pack||50||Heal, Special||Heal, Special|
|Large Medical Pack||50||Heal, Special||Heal, Special|
|1||First Aid||08||Medical Pack||Move|
|Hand of the Surgeon||62||Melee Attack||Special|
|Hold Back the Pain||57||Heal||Special|
|Booster Shot||42||Heal||Shield, Persistent, Loss|
|Bloody Saw||25||Melee Attack, Wound||Loot|
|Curative Mixture||19||Heal, Special||Move, Special|
|Syringe||15||Shield||Melee Attack, Poison, Stun|
|Battlefield Medicine||83||Medical Pack, Loss||Special|
|Triage||53||Heal, Persistent Track, Loss||Move|
|Mobile Response||12||Special, Persistent, Loss||Move, Wound, Loss|
|X||Prevention is Key||13||Disarm||Shield|
|Teamwork||89||Special, Loss||Granted Movement, Move|
|Vaccine||44||Ranged Area Attack, Poison||Special, Persistent, Loss|
|2||Hamstring||62||Melee Attack, Immobilize||Move, Immobilize|
|3||Regenerative Tissue||46||Heal||Heal, Persistent, Loss|
|Vital Strike||38||Melee Attack, Loss||Move|
|4||Blood Transfusion||52||Heal||Melee Attack, Heal|
|Do No Harm||76||Execute, Disarm, Immobilize, Loss||Move, Heal|
|5||Research the Cure||40||Melee Attack, Special||Shield, Persistent, Loss|
|Amputate||86||Melee Attack, Wound, Immobilize||Heal, Stun|
|6||Euthanize||27||Execute||Melee Attack, Stun, Poison, Wound|
|Prescription||06||Medical Pack||Medical Pack, Loss|
|7||Master Physician||49||Special, Persistent Track, Loss||Special|
|Surgeon's Satchel||10||Loot, Heal||Move, Medical Pack|
|8||Bedside Manner||05||Heal, Special, Medical Pack, Loss||Move, Special|
|Gentleman's Anger||29||Melee Attack, Disarm||Ranged Attack|
|9||Prep for Surgery||22||Special, Persistent, Loss||Move, Stun|
|Grisly Trauma||81||Execute||Move, Poison, Wound, Muddle|