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Pojo's Dreamblade Mini of the Day

Whirling Knifedancer

Reviewed October 02, 2006

Constructed: 3
Sealed: 3.5

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

Whirling Knifedancer

Yeah so welcome back. This guy was supposedly for next week but oh well. A new piece for us comes from Valor, but he isn't of any lineage. It's got 4VV, which actually does matter since the aspect cost could get away with summoning him in the first few turns. He is also in competition with the most expensive piece in the base set. But does he compare with the Scarab Warcharm?? Sadly, no. It has 3 -4/5 which are low for Valor standards, but make it decent in a splashed warband. It also has MultiBlade Crit+1, which, well doesn't cut it for me. Would you rather have the extra 1 or 2 damage, or would you wanna have Advance and Skirmish?? Basically, this is the sad attempt to make Valor weaker and more group attack based and restricting the use of movement blades. If you actually want to use the Crit Valors over the movement based ones, than this mini fits in well. Otherwise, I'd throw in a Warcharm. He might take Samurai's spot though.

Constructed - 2.5/5 - although nice for other aspects, this is the one aspect where it probably won't do. Bloodcut might make use of it.

Sealed - 3.5/5 - more likely to get bigger guys here to use with it.

Artwork - 3/5 - where'd her legs go. looks like some random ninja from Kill Bill


Little tip: If this dude challenges you to a breakdancing contest, decline or forfeit if you like your eyes where they are.

As for how he does in dreamblade, he's really not too shabby. 4VV gets you 3 4|5. Don't you just love it when stats are sequential? I know I do. D&L are a bit on the low side for 4 spawn points, but 3 power is definitely good for that cost. Multiblade Crit 1 may not be the most exciting ability, but if you have a few extra blades just lying around, you could do a lot worse.

However, this piece does have a good bit of competition in the form of Falcon Soldier. One more spawn point, one less aspect cost, one less defense, one more Life point, and Multiblade Crit 2. Both have a converted spawn cost of 6, but obviously knifedancer is easier in a primarily Valor band, while Falcon Soldier is more splashable.

Which to use? Really up to you. This is a really tricky piece because it does have a perfectly good predecessor with only a few differences. If knifedancer had multiblade crit 2, I would tell you to run it hands down... but it doesn't...

Alright, I'll tell you straight up: Both Falcon Soldier and Whirling Knifedancer are pretty mediocre, compared to all that Valor has to offer. For their point costs, they are perfectly acceptable, but they still just are not that interesting. They are filler pieces you run because you want to run a mono-Valor band and don't want to run some of the better beatdown pieces that Passion offers or the movers and shakers of Fear. Run them because you either cannot or refuse to run anything else.

Constructed: 2.5/5 So much promise, so little guarantee.
Limited: 3/5 May as well, but even this rating depends on what else Baxar's War has in store for us.

Rolf the Ruf

Whirling Knifedancer


Power: 3

Defense: 4

Life: 5

Ability: Multiblade -- Crit 1

Reviewed by Rolf the Ruf

Okay, now I'm convinced there's some kind of fiendish conspiracy to give us sneak previews of all the garbage pieces. First, lets start with the sculpt. To be honest, I can't figure it out. Is this guy doing a handstand and wearing a dress with knives coming out of his feet? If so, that's just wierd. All right, onto the stats. You may recall that we already review the Falcon Soldier and basically trashed it. Well this guy is kinda like the Falcon Soldier only worse. Okay, it does have 3 Power instead of 2, but it only gets Crit 1 instead of Crit 2 and its weaker, of course the Falcon Soldier is a 5-drop, so this guy is a little cheaper. All right, whatever -- we're comparing two sucky pieces. I guess the worst thing about this guy is that he is a common, which means we're going to end up with a bunch of them. At least the Falcon Soldier is a rare, so your odds of pulling one is slim.

Constructed: 2/5

Sealed: 1.5/5 (The double aspect hurts a little.)

Artwork 1/5 (Huh?)
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