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Flame Harrower
Valor


Reviewed October 11, 2006

Constructed: 3
Sealed: 2.5

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


Rolf the Ruf

Flame Harrower
8PP
Power: 5
Defense: 4
Life: 7

Ability: 3: Assault 5

Reviewed by Rolf the Ruf

Today the Human Torch meets the DreamScape. The Flame Harrower is one of the cooler looking minis in the set, looking convincingly like a walking bonfire, wearing some kind of tempered steel armor that doesn't melt. As stats go, his 5-4/7 is not exactly stunning. Even among Passion pieces his defense and life are average at best. Once again, the value in this mini comes down to his ability. For a 3-spawn activation he makes a 5-die attack on target local enemy. I have spoken before on the advantages of spawn abilities. As they go, this one is slightly pricier than most, but 3 points is still on the modest side and helps you to use up those stray points when all of your cheap creatures are gone. The net effect of his ability is that he gets to make up to three 5-die attacks in one turn. Even without the help of Faceless Stalker's rerolls, this gives you a pretty good shot at smashing face on whatever he may be up against. Now to be fair, as much as I like this guy, I have had less than brilliant success actually running him in warbands. My experience with him has been that more often than not, my opponent targets him as soon as he moves into action. Often he ends up toasting marshmallows in my graveyard before he can make his first assault. The ability would be more effective if it was a warpstrike which would prevent him from having to engage. I still think this is a piece worth playing, but he definitely has his drawbacks. Personally I think the designers should have reconsidered this piece and allowed him to self-imolate upon destruction and double his deathblow. That would be awesome.

Constructed: 3/5

Sealed: 2.5/5 (Spawn abilities are always good, but this is offset by his double aspect cost.)

Artwork 4/5 (Flame on!)
 
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