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Raging Vanguard
Valor
Baxar's War



Reviewed November 22, 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

RAGING VANGUARD

Ok so another Valor piece. OHH and Bloodcut. Now at the 1K I was at, there was about 1/2 to 2/3 of the people playing a Bloodcut variant. No reason not to, as they're speed and power can truely be a threat, sorta like this guy. Raging "Juggernaut" Vanguard is 9VV, and sporting 4 - 10/10. Very solid. Practically a tank. 4 is pretty good as well, but meh, would it be so bad to push it to 5?. Whatever. The effect is called Unstoppable, where the nickname came from. It can shift even when engaged as well as normally. JUGGERNAUT!! Ok...so how can this help you? Obvious stuff is late game, you can double shift into a high empty scoring cell and win close ones on off inititive. The main function though, is really to get help where you need it. Valor, aside from their finishers, don't really sport high power. Especially in mirrors with mono-Valor, it really depends on who gets out their finisher first. This guy brings 4 dice to whatever place it can make it to. It may not seem exciting, but test it. I'm sure you'll find some cool use for it. Besides, it Bloodcut. It looks like Bloodcut could dethrone PotR or Chessmaster, so why not test out what little Bloodcut is available.

Constructed - 4/5 - In Valor Bloodcut, this guy is a thumbs up. P/V Bloocut, see if you have room, cause you're gonna want a Battlelord in there before this guy.
Sealed - 4.5/5 - Haven't done Sealed with this set, but it seems like it has potential to win games.
Artwork - 3.5/5 - some guy at the 1K made a reference to some European statue that looked like this. cool I guess...
 


Charninja

Raging Vanguard

Definite one of the cooler Bloodcuts out there, right along with Kitsune (another Valor member). Thing is, the two actually don't work quite so well together because Vanguard can pretty much go where he wants when he wants anyway. Of course, getting him into the action in the first place would be quite helpful.

This guy also has some other stuff going for him. 4 power is entirely acceptable for a 9 drop these days (5 would have been great, but don't see that very often, not for Valor anyway), and 10|10 is gonna take a bit of work to disrupt or kill. Frankly, he's a pretty good utility piece, if slightly uninteresting, because he works for Valor, Bloodcut, and is pretty splashable so long you have a few more Valor pieces with you (hint, Virtuous Maiden, Scarab Warcharm, and the Scouts are good low cost figs).

As for his effect... it's utility, as I said. Don't wanna bother with Scissors and Pariahs that are just there to slow you down? Blow past em with this fella. Not that he couldn't kill them on his own with relative ease, but when you need him to help take out a Baxar or Rage Drake, he'll be coming to the rescue soon enough. He's also good for blowing past and setting up an Arch, or getting a reinforcement piece (Griffin or Lion, whichever) to help things out even more.

I just wish he had ONE more point of power.

Constructed: 3.5/5 Like I said, he plays well with others and is a good utility piece. Depends on what else you have for the 9 spot though.
Limited: 3/5 Sure, why not?
 
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