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Pearlthorn Gargoyle
Baxar's War

Reviewed November 20, 2006

Constructed: 2.5
Sealed: 3.0

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


Pearlthorn Gargoyle

Ahh, the architect is definitely getting a bonus with the check for this little addition. That castle can always use something to liven it up.

Anyway, here, we have a... decent Valor piece. There isn't much Valor has to pick for the 10 slot, just this, Steelborn Griffin, and Inscribed Axebeast. Thing is, at 10V, Gargoyle qualifies as a heavy, and as such... meh. Angel of Sunrise can get away with her lower than average power because of Haste 2, and Noble Dragon because of Payback, but all Fluffums here can do is gain weight and not muscle... not all that good. If he had Bodyguard or Protect he'd be very good indeed, but since he doesn't... meh.

His base stats are 5 9|11, and with Flux Ward, max out at 14|16. Very nice, and truth be told, 5 power IS good for the cost, considering how figures several points higher typically only have 6... but for me at least, this kitten is just kinda boring... Virtuous Maiden is cheaper and oodles better because she lets you kill things... this dude just sits there and takes hits. Odds are, he'll be either ignored over more pressing pieces (like Virtuous Maiden), or shunted down to the 1 point cell with Scare, Terrify, or Expel where he can be dealt with considerably more easily. I could see this guy in a straight Valor band... but what would be the point? There are plenty of upper cost critters in Valor that are just... better. If it had Bodyguard or Protect it would be PERFECT for teaming up with allies because unlike most creatures with those abilities, it's power is actually worth a darn... but since it doesn't... oh well.

Constructed: 2.5/5 Valor only, got that?
Limited: 3/5 if you don't pull any other creatures of similar cost that are much, much better.

That Guy That Plays DreamBlade


Ok, so welcome back. Got back from an exciting 1K in Somerville MA that I managed to get in 2nd at. Considering thats my first 1K, thats my jump start in the right direction (especially since I won more money there than I've spent on Dreamblade all together). But anyway, onto the piece.

Today we pull a rare that I did experiment with. Gargoyle seemed like it had potential to be amazing, but first, stats time. 10V for 5 - 9/11 seems pretty average, but maybe a little low for Valor. It works for me anyway. The effect, Flux Ward. depending on where he's attempting to score, he gets +X/+X, where X is the amount of points for that scoring cell. So if you get him to the middle, he can be either 10/12 or 11/13 which just beats Angel and N. Dragon, but for a 10 cost. Pretty efficient. And you know what? His max potential, if you can get him on the opposing 5 cell, makes his defensive stats 14/16. Thats gonna take alot to break that stone wall, as that's the best stats in the game. FOR A 10 DROP!!

So why not use him? Well my reason for not running him, and maybe other people's reasons, is that Fear is still a threat in the popular warbands. Thunder Sultan, Voodoo, and all those Scare/Expel tricks, and even Lure from Passion, can kick Gargoyle off his throne. Another reason is that while he's an amazing defensive piece, his 5 power doesn't compare to N. Dragon's 6 with Payback (which killed Ragedrake *sad face* ). His effect also isn't relevant to helping push for the win, such as the Gambit with Angel (which seeing my friend play, I have respect for now). Really, he's much more useful in Sealed.

Constructed - 3.5/5 - a solid filler, but you might wanna consider something that can help you win rather than be a sitting duck if you can help it.

Sealed - 4.5/5 - Not as much crazy control abilities to worry about that can't be dealt with. 5 power can still wreck. 1 aspect makes it a nice splash as well.

Artwork - 4/5 - Pretty cool looking I must say.
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