As I was writing this, I discovered an extremely simple way to beat him!
Items you need:
Cards you need:
Truth Be Told
Gameplan: Listen on the first turn.
He should play Shrewd Allegation. Play Loud Criticism.
He should play Moral Authority. Listen again.
He should play Worldly Proof. Play Itemized Comparison. Listen until he plays Shrewd Allegation. Play Truth Be Told.
He should Listen. Listen 0-2 turn until Itemized Comparison is ready. Play Itemized Comparison. Listen until you win.
You may have to play Itemized Comparison once more depending on his refreshes, but I never had to.
If you follow this strategy exactly and lose due to horrible luck, just try again.
The spiritragers are doable... but it took me over a half hour to find the right cards and it could still go wrong if you got unlucky with one refresh timer. I was able to coach some other hopefuls through it afterward hehe.
They are about five hundred times harder than anything that comes before or after it though (except maybe the intro to civic diplomacy... ouch), so I imagine it's still not tweaked exactly where you want it :P
If you need to rely on luck (and thus the refresh timers) then there is something wrong with the Spiritrager parley - at least at this early point in the diplomacy sphere. I don't mind tweaking my deck a bit, but not to the point that the game seems less like fun and more like work.
Anyway, as it seems we have to wait at least a day or so until the next patch... may I ask you for a few helpful pointers how you managed to beat them. I tried several combinations, even got as close as 2 points to the victory, but sadly it never worked out in the end. Maybe I just don't have that much luck with random timers.
Having a problem with Novice Fletcher in Rallying the Students. He has four cards that give him +2 and cost nothing. He pumps me with lots of demand but I have only one card that uses demand and its quite slow. I obviously have many cards that give me inspire but I can't feed myself fast enough. If my rebuttal converted demand into inspire I'd be golden but it converts flattery and that's not part of an incite. Looking at his cards more closely, they would actually feed more flattery than anything but again, it doesn't matter. Getting trounced by this guy.