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Glaive Scorpion
Fear
Baxar's War



Reviewed December 01, 2006

Constructed: 3.25
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

GLAIVE SCORPION

Ok so we wrap up the week with in my opinion, the best Hiveling piece to date. Of course, there is gonna be a substantial boost to Hiveling in the next set due January. Glaive Scorpion's only pals so far are Crystalis Spinner, Hive Pincher, and Night Queen. And so far, this guy rests on top. As an 8 drop, he is a 4 - 7/10. Not too bad, as his stats just beat out Voodoo. However, can this guy knock out the other 3 Fear 8 drops that commonly see play? Pretty darn close in my mind. Now for effects, he starts off as a big Jack of Blades, packing a single blade Expel. Expel is already a great ability, but it is somewhat redundant to have it on your 5, 6, and 11 drop of choice. Well here is the added super-bonus. Venom 4. Ohh boy!! I knew a few people wanting to try and make Venom warbands once they saw this guy, and I don't see why not. Venom 4 assigns a special type of damage to the enemy creatures. If there is Venom on him equal to or greater than its cost, then it dies. So to sum this up, Glaive can kill any character with a cost of 4 or lower for a single blade. Rack up the Venom with Bad Kitty or Soul Serpent to kill the bigger guys in exchange for blades. So does he beat Voodoo? Sultan? Reaper? Grab one and find out...you may like the results if Warcharms get to you alot.

Constructed - 4/5 - Very solid piece, and he will see top table play, especially when the next set is Constructed legal.

Sealed - 4/5 - Little reason not to use this piece if you get hold of it. You may pass it up if Fear isn't what you end up favoring, as he comes kind of short as a 9 drop, and low characters won't be on the table as much when he gets out.

Artwork - 4/5 - What do you expect. Its a scorpion...
 


Charninja

Glaive Scorpion

Tis the season, and we start the holidays off with.... a bug. A fricking bug.

-_-

Oh alright, I grant you, it's a big bug (or arachnid, if you MUST nitpick, though it does seem to be missing a few legs). It's a big bug that could probably jab its stinger through someone's chest, and probably eat them off of it. But it's still a frickin bug. It's not even the biggest Hiveling out there, with both Power and Life going to Chrysalis Spinner and beating it on Defense by ONE point. Same converted cost even. Oy.

Expel is always nice, but getting a bit boring because it's like every Fear creature and it's misbegotten mother has it... but I guess that's ok BECAUSE it is always nice. Venom 4 is the biggest Venom out there, but it still doesn't do that much. For 8 Spawn points, you're playing with the big boys now man, and you gotta keep up. Expel only brings you to the lower cusp of playability, and frankly, I'd prefer Thunder Sultan, or, most definitely, FLESHLESS REAPER. For it's cost, the only thing I'd pick Glaive Scorpion before is Wayward Spiker... because Follower isn't that good for 4 power at that price.

Now, I guess, with Chrysotic Plague on the (distant) horizon, I might be changing my tune here. Word on the street is, Venom will see more support, and there'll be a Channel unique (likely Queen Chrysota, I imagine) that will make this guy a point or three cheaper, which will certainly be nice. If I payed 6, or even 7, 4 power becomes much more likeable. Also, since everything will probably be getting stung with Venom, I imagine plenty of things will be dying. Until that day comes though, Glaive Scorpion is only good for scaring people with arachnophobia. Unless that's only good for spiders, in which case... whatever.

Constructed: 2.5/5 Just... meh. Fleshless Reaper, man, or Chrysalis Spinner... just use those.
Limited: 3.5/5 You didn't get anything else? Really? Alright, fine, he's a fair bit better here.
 
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