Thanks a lot for that! Yeah, I think my biggest weakness at the moment is a lack of really high influence or control values, or a way to lower the opponents'. Part of the reason I have the baiju jars is because Grimoires and More will be my starting deed, through Ol' Howard, so the Baiju are meant as a way to get access to more hexes - both in my hand and in discard.
The Outlaw hucksters you're referring to are Antheia and Emilia, yes? I have Emilia in my collection, not sure about Antheia. I'll have to look into them! Dave Slim definitely sounds useful though. I think I should get rid of the ivory statues too - I kept them mostly for when I played soul blast and festering grasp, but both of those cards I ended up getting rid of.
Thanks for all your help!