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Silhouette
Fear
Baxar's War



Reviewed November 06, 2006

Constructed: 3
Sealed: 4

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

SILHOUETTE

New pieces keep on flowing, and Charninja picked some of the cooler common / uncommons for this week. We start with a Fear 4 drop, which Fear lacks a good one IMO. He's 3 - 4/5, which is more aggressive for a 4 drop. Now his effect is one that might make him see play in big tourneys. Shadow prevents him from being targeted by effects. What does that save him from? Warpstrike and Venom are the damaged based ones he can escape. He also isn't falted by Lure, Expel, or Scare. In a way, he's best against Fear, which is odd since he is Fear. Still, Fear is big, which can make this guy a good guy to have around for the mirror match, or for all those bands that splash Thunder Sultans and Voodoo's to cause havoc.

Constructed - 3/5 - Not a game-breaking effect, but he's a decent piece that will do well in the early game.

Sealed - 4.5/5 - This is where he shines. More effects to dodge here, plus more of a need to have him included to fill in the low spots of your curve.

Artwork - 2/5 - Not as cool as most art in this set.
 


Charninja

Silhouette
Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. It's been so long since I did a review, but hey guys, college, it ain't exactly easy, you know.

Anyway, this week, I've picked some figs I believe will be sleeper hits. Nice, solid stats with abilities that may or may not be immediately figured as good. These may not be better than Baxar, Ragedrake, Angel of Sunrise, or whatever else have you, but I'm telling you, pay attention to these in the future. If I'm proved wrong... well poot, but at least I'll have made my case. Depending on what the other guys pick, you can look forward to the stars of this set next week, I don't know.

But now, to start the week off, here's a little waif known as Silhouette.

4F gets you some very nice stats, with 3 4|5. He does have plenty of competition for that spot, but all of them are weaker, and generally... not very good. Walking Worms MIGHT do alright, but... I don't like it nearly as much as I do Shadow Fiend here. If you REALLY like Soul Grub, Hellshrieker, or Knight of Pain and Sorrow... well, I don't like them either, except for the Knight, but I still don't think she's as good as this dude. Trust me on this, 3 power for 4 spawn cost is GOOD.

Then, there's his effect. Yes, it is a bit of a double edged sword, but still, total immunity to a wide variety of thing is very, very nice. No expel, no scare, no warpstrike, no venom. However, there's also no advance, and no skirmish. Of course, you could use the last piece we're reviewing to get him going, and the next one too... Now yes, non-targeting abilities will affect him. He is screwed by Cyclopean Sprite and Crypt Worm, but at that same token, will be very appreciative of Angel of Sunrise and Virtuous Maiden.

Truth be told, I do agree with some of the criticisms of this creature though. He is still in the lightweight division, and as such, most people will generally just try to kill him with a strike instead of shunt him with expel or whatever. This ability would be frigging AWESOME on a piece with 5 or 6 power, because then he'd be a very large threat, but then, the drawback of not being able to Advance him would start to really come into play. Of course, you could bring people to it... Anyway, there are issues with this guy, but I still think he deserves some action and play testing. I would be VERY surprised if people didn't like him.

Constructed: 3/5 Come on, great stats for his cost and is unaffected by your enemy's blades (usually). Only thing that hurts him is that you won't be able to help him out either.
Limited: 3.5/5 Hey, you won't have much competition for him, not if you're playing straight BW. If you do have some Base Set to pull from, it's possible... but most of those suck.
 
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