maybe the devs miscalculated and think ,hey it’s just 5 turns. neglecting the fact that creature can’t move after it’s been released.As for colossus.the impact is ever bigger it can’t threaten orb after it’s out may even not be able to collect after it gets out .so sometimes it’s a 9-10 turn removal with flower.the whale can double collect and just starve the opponents,and considering the pace of the game.i’d call it almost permanent removal.
This. five turns of a missed collection means a loss of 5 fearia and even more if the creature is double collecting. Swallowing a 6 cost creature with a 3 cost building for 5 turns and having it on the wrong field afterwards means that you have a huge temporary fearia disadvantage and in a fast game like fearia this is too much. The other removal spells cost far more for practically the same value. Last nightmare costs twice as much as this flower for only one land cost less.
Also there is no spell in the game which can do a cost efficient removal of the flower. There is not even a spell in the game which can do a consistant inefficient removal of the flower at 5 health aside from meteor and doomsday and both are high cost spells with a lot of collateral damage and not suited for every situaution. The best way to destroy these flowers is having high mobility creatures like blue and yellow do, but for green and red (and especially red) these flowers and whales are a nightmare. Also one hard difference between the flower and the library in regards to emperor’s command is that the library is actually dead after using the command, although it still is not the best trade. Before the new cards blue dream reaver was super strong and only overshadowed by green because of the ridiculous Ruunin buff. But compared to 200% cost efficient whales neither Ruunin nor the library are a problem anymore.
Swallow need a resonable restriction. For example the size may not be larger than the size of the swallowing creature. If they get bigger, the swallowed creature destroys the swallower from inside. A metric for size could be the fearia cost divided by 2 and rounded up, which finally would also give a counter to cost reduction.