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Loyal Scragglemaw
Valor

Reviewed August 24, 2006

Constructed: 3.75
Sealed: 3.75

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating
 

That Guy That Plays DreamBlade

LOYAL SCRAGGLEMAW

Today's piece is what can for this article be considered a "Vanilla" piece. And by vanilla, I mean a piece with no spice aka effect other than stats. This particular piece, however, is the beefiest in the first set. For a 9 spawn cost, it has 11/12. Any character coming close to its stats costs more spawn points. For no effect, the trade off for better stats is very nice. The only other part of the piece to look at is the power. Its granted with 4 power, which is a fair amount for its cost. The majority of the Valor pieces have power equal to half their cost (rounded down). Now as far as playability, it is questionable if it deserves a spot in a Valor warband or a warband splashing Valor pieces. For 9-drops, it competes with the Zungar Bodyguard, which has lower stats, one less power, and Bodyguard (and an extra aspect point..). IMO, unless you need minis with Bodyguards to protect low stated characters, Scragglemaw is the way to go. If you're debating against other high cost characters, I'd test him out before making a solid decision.

Sealed - 4/5 , overall a solid piece that can hold its ground on the dreamscape

Limited - 4.5/5 , very good even wihtout alot of valor or no other valor at all

Artwork - 3.5/5 , its a lion with battle armor. pretty sweet. want to see the promotional one
 

King Sephiroth

"Loyal Stragglemaw"

What more could you want out of a loyal feline friend than what this guy has
to offer? Well, maybe some neat blade abilities, but as far as pure
strength, this guy gives just that to an aspect that doesn't normally have
any clear-cut beatdown abilities: Valor.

For the sake of analyzing pieces, this guy has got to be the most balanced
piece out there. He may not have any great abilities to fall back on, but
his defense can be invaluable in most situations, and his 4 Power for only
9V can definitely help to get the abilities of some other allies to fire
off. 6 dice can sometimes be much different with that Warcharm than 4, since
the average of rolling a blade is once every 6 times.

Not much more to say about this guy except that he's worth it, even a bit
more than his noble friend. For not much of a hefty price, Valor gets one of
it's few playable beatdown pieces.

Overall Constructed: 2.5/5
Overall Sealed: 3/5

Artwork: 2/5 (It gets much better with the Alt. Art piece....)
 


Charninja

Loyal Scragglemaw

Scragglemaw is really just a nice big puppy... that could eat Pikachu ALIVE.
That earns him points in my book, that's fer dang sure.

However, as far as figs go, there is far better, especially for Valor. 9M is too much for no abilities and 4 power. Even a Crit or something would have bumped him up considerably, or at least 5 power. For roughly the same cost, you could get Brighthammer Avenger or Whirlwind Dervish, both of which kick this puppy to the curb.

I will give him this though, he is cute, and he can take a hit pretty well.
That's about it though.

Short review, but ces't les vie.

Constructed: 2/5 If you got NOTHING else for his approximate point cost, go ahead. But I would not use him if I had a choice.

Sealed: 3/5 Hey, you use what you gotta use. Could be worse.

No recap since this is so short.
 

king atlantis

today- Loyal Scragglemaw, a big-bad valor piece...

it has a spawn cost of 9, and a aspect cost of one valor. pretty steep....but lets see the rest ;-) it has 4 power- about average. But then you see its defence/life. wowsers! 11/12. thats big! just to disrupt it it takes 11! This baby can hold its own- anywhere. I acctually like this, and recomend one in a valor-playing warband.

constructed- 4/5 its defece and life make up for its power.

limited- 5/5 its a scoreing cells castle.

mold- 2/5 it looks like a lion on steroids....

~*The King*~

like the above? dont like it? give me a line on pojos forums, i am "King Atlantis", or e-mail me at king_atlantis@earthlink.net
 
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