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Gent
Madness
Baxar's War



Reviewed November 28, 2006

Constructed: 3
Sealed: 3

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

GENT

Ok woohoo randomness week. Except not. This week is a more of killer effect week. Starting off with probably the best Stitched character at our disposal. Gent is a decent stated Madness piece that costs 5 for 3 - 3/7. His effect is one not put in the base set, and its called Edgemaster. For a spawn cost of 2 in a scoring cell, you can activate a single blade ability that doesn't have to deal with combat. So no Ferocity or Crits, but movement abilites, Warpstrikes, and even the powerful Whisper Gambit ( Cyclopean Sprite ) are far game. Seems pretty useful, but as with many Madness pieces, they get disrupted soo much they barely reach the center to fight unless they are accompanied by alot of movement. The reward for doing so is incredible however. Looking for uses? I'm splashing one of these in a Janus band I am testing before CP comes out mid January. Within my warband, it can trigger advance, skirmish and skirmish 2, and the most powerful, Janus Warpstrike. At full potential, this can mean a 10 power attack for a cost of two during my spawn phase. Most of the time, I can only use it for half as much however. Still, look through your minis' blade abilities. I'm sure one might be stronger with the help of Gent. Hell, it worked twice with Mangler to get rid of all my opponent's 5 or less drops from their reserves in a Sealed game.

Constructed - 3.5/5- It has potential, but the trouble comes with getting this, plus the useful blade effect together in a scoring cell long enough to live until the next spawn phase.

Sealed - 3/5 - Less options for good blade effects, and less optimal ways to protect him.

Artwork - 4/5 - Futuristic Abraham Lincoln...sweet
 


Charninja

Gent

Is it Gent with the G as in "got" or a G as in "Gee"? Oh well, whatever, that's not what this review is about. What we have here is a very nifty li'l Stitched member that's probably going to enjoy being splashed in anywhere.

5M nets you a 3 3|7 uncommon in Gent (however it's pronounced), which does mean it has a fair ammount of competition. Relentless Eviscerator is a nice Regenerating beatstick, while Ego Cannibal can do some really nifty things if it's going against the right enemies. Cyclopean Sprite is a must have thanks to Whisper Gambit, and we all know how popular she is... so yeah, Gent has some competition. Statwise though, he's got it on power, but D&L are a leeettle bit lower than some might like.

Ability though, his ability is kickass.

Edgemaker is a VERY cool ability. Auto-activate any non-combat only blade ability can do a heck of a lot of stuff. Do not that only abilities that work during combat are nerfed here, abilities like Warpstrike are fine. Either way, Whisper Gambit, Advance, Skirmish, Scare, Expel, Venom, Lure, Darkbringer's Terrify, Mangler's Mindstrike, Daze, and Battle Energize are the ones I can think of, and I am sure there will only be more coming out of the woodwork in upcoming sets. Too bad he can't also forcefully activate an opponent's negative blade ability, but I guess there aren't too many competitive bands that use much of those anyway; it would have just been icing on the cake.

Of course, you can still use those blade abilities once combat kicks in. More fer yer money, man.

He does have a few other problems though: Edgemaker only works on a scoring cell, and it only works with a LOCAL ALLY'S blade ability. That's quite the downer. The 2 Spawn point cost will also have you doing a bit of thinking, depending on how your rolls go. If it was any two of the three, he'd be utterly broken, but all three stipulations kinda water him down a lot more than I'd like. His stats are also not what I would want in a scoring cell, but I guess if he's moving with enough buddies, he'll be alright.

All in all, Gent is a very nifty offence unto God, and he's got THE best hat I've ever seen on ANYWHERE. That's worth a few points right there. Just a few though.

Constructed: 3/5 You won't be playing him if you don't have the strategy to utilize him. I'd do some playtesting to test that strategy first though. Not something I would bring to a 1K on a whim.
Limited: 3/5 You may not have a choice, not if you're pulling straight Baxar's War, and you can indeed do worse. The requirements are a major drag though.
 
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