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Falcon Soldier
Valor


Reviewed September 07, 2006

Constructed: 1.75
Sealed: 2.35

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

FALCON SOLIDER

More Valor pieces for yah today. This week has a few of the more underappreciated rares. How can I say that with no recent reports from tournies? Simple. Me and the King have been playing with them for a while and we have seperated the game-breakers from the fairly average. Fear not though, because they do have their uses.

Now on to Falcon Solider..He is competing with three other 5-drop minis for your warband. Funny how while this guy is the rares, he is the most understated. For his cost, he has 2 power. Its fine although two of its rivals have greater power (3 for Twilight, and 4 for Knight of S&J). Unfortunately, he has horrible "staying power". 4/6 for a 5-drop is like whoa...might as well run Zombie Enforcer for cheaper. Being the weakest of the bunch, his final point of interest is a handy Crit 2 Multi-Blade ability. While not as supported in Valor as Skirmish or Advance, its a nice idea to experiment with this guy as he can help face the mirror matchup. Valor capitalizes on very high "staying power" (ok, my term for a character's stats based on its cost on how likely it is not to be killed). This guy can make useless Skirmishs, Advances, or extra blades into the damage needed to kill off the big guys. A good piece, you decide, cause here's my ratings:

Constructed - 1.5/5 - The other 5-drops are better for doing what Valor does best, which is unrivaled moving abilities. Still a good filler piece.

Sealed - 2.5/5 - He gets a better rating here because odds are you will have to also use Passion or Fear which have higher powers, which makes rolling +2s even easier.

Artwork - 1/5 - Pidgeon Head :o
 

King Sephiroth

"Falcon Soldier"

This week is "Valor Week", as we'll be reviewing 3 Valor pieces that are not only Valor, but also all rare. You will notice that these next pieces aren't exactly "top-of-the-line" though.

We start off with "Falcon Soldier" for this week. Now, what's the basic lay-out for a Valor creature? Well....low power, high defense, normal life, and if blade effects are involved, they will normally be movement abilities.
Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at the Falcon....

With 2 power for 5V, it seems as if it is a normal Valor piece. Where it goes wrong on the other hand, is with the effect and its defense/life.
Firstly, it's effect isn't that of which would be classified a "Valor specific effect". Something like trible-blade "Crit [2]" would normally be found on a Passion creature. In fact, there are only 4 creatures in addition to Passion that have the "Crit [#]" ability; all of which aren't of much help to their selected aspects.

But hey, I'm not complaining about the fact that he has "Crit [2]", I'm just saying that it's a bad sign as he doesn't have much synergy with the rest of his fearless buddies.

Next, we look at his raw stats. This is where everything just goes plain wrong. For a 5V-drop for Valor, 4|6 is actually some pretty horrible statistics. There are 3 other 5V-cost Valor creatures: Twilight Scout, Knight of Tomorrow, and Knight of Strife and Joy. Their defense/life's are
5|7, 7|8, and 6|7 respectively. All of these are considerably better
5|(4-5
can make a difference) than the Falcon, and only one is rarer than a common; KoSaJ.

In conclusion, the Falcon soldier just isn't a great choice for a Valor warband. It just doesn't fit in with all of the other Valor creatures.
Possibly a "Bloodcut" warband, but then again "Falcon Soldier" isn't even "Bloodcut".

Overall Constructed: 1.5/5

Overall Sealed: 2/5

Artwork: 1/5 (Pretty dull if you ask me....)
 


Charninja

Falcon Soldier

Ahh yes. There are two kinds of abilities that are good in this game. Movement abilities, such as Advance and Scare, are probably the major forces for the time being. The other good ability is Crit. Especially when it is multiblade. And even more so when it does more than one extra damage. So yeah. Falcon Soldier definitely has that down pat. 2 power may not be all that much, but combined with one or two other figures to add in some blades, and you can easily wreak some havoc. Stats in general though are a bit low for her cost, and here is what else you could play in Valor for a converted cost of 6:
Knight of Strife and Joy
Knight of Tomorrow
Steelborn Lion
Twilight Scout

Now, most of those are actually quite good, because of their movement abilities, and, truth be told, just about all of them have better stats. Crit 2 IS a good ability, it really is, especially as a multiblade... but frankly... Ms. Hawkhead doesn't really cut it quite so much compared to the competition. Even on defense and life, she loses out to most of those guys, and that just isn't very good for her. If she had 3 power or a few more points in D&L I would recommend her... but compared to the competition, I don't feel she really cuts the mustard.

Constructed: 1.5/5 I mean, come on, crit 2 or Advance/Skirmish?
Limited: 2/5 Hey, gotta do what you can with what you have.
 

king atlantis

Falcon Soldier
5V
p: 2
4/6
multiblade: crit 2
rare

ok, im back. and with a valor piece.
its a girl with a falcon head, who could do some major damage. if you pair her with something that can get a lot of rolls, like noble dragon for instance. her cost could be good for a spawn curve, here 4/6 defence/life is fairly average, and crit 2 is a nice multiblade.but i wouldnt run it. but, meh, ive never won a 1K =-I if your lucky, you could get 4 attack with your attack- but i doubt it. thats my short review.

constructed: 3/5 (average ish...)
limited: 3/5 (same as above)
sculpt: 4/5 (looks cool...)

welp, its short but i think it works...till me' next review, audiue,

~*The King*~
 


Rolf the Ruf

Falcon Soldier

 

5V

P: 2

D/L: 4/6

 

Multi-blade: Crit2

 

Reviewed by Rolf the Ruf

 

Okay, this is a piece I have tried very hard to like, but I keep coming up with more reasons to drop her out of my warbands than I can think of for keeping her. I guess I think a falcon-headed babe with a sword and shield is just kinda cool, but when you look at the numbers, she keeps coming up short. As blade abilities go, crit is middle of the road -- not too bad, not too great. The higher crits (5 or more) can really work as fatty killers. Crit2? Not so much. This is offset by the fact that she has multi-blade. But to really make this payoff, you need to roll lots of dice, and she only contributes 2 to the attack -- pretty weak. So to get her to start working for you, she has to be paired with a fatty. Beyond that, when you look at the Valor group as a whole, you expect to find a nice high Defense number -- this is where Valor really excels. Not so for the Falcon Soldier. She sports numbers more in line with the Passion group, but without the high power number. Her middling cost is low enough to make you want to give her a second look, but in the end, Falcon Girl just doesn't fly.

 

Constructed: 2/5

Sealed: 2/5
Artwork 3/5
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