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Chrysalis Spinner
Madness


Reviewed September 18, 2006

Constructed: 3.75
Sealed: 4.25

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


Charninja

Chrysalis Spinner

Oooh. Pretty colors. Heehee!

...

Moving on.

Rather odd seeing a Hiveling in Madness, considering how the rest of them are Fear, but eh, whatever. The bug guy is still pretty cool. 8M puts him in the upper echelon of your spawn curve, but 5 power is definitely pretty good, considering how a lot of figures cost upwards of three or four points and only have 6. 6 Defense is obviously pretty low, but for Madness, hardly unexpected, while 12 life is rather nice.

Then, there is Reincarnate. That means you get two figures for the price of one! Fun! Granted, it has to be a dead figure you are bringing back... and it is only going back to your reserves... so I guess it might not be THAT awesome.

But hey, stat wise, there are NOT many Madness figures that beat him, and second chances ARE good. Oh, and he is very, very pretty... in a creepy etherial bug way...

Constructed: 3.5/5 He is good, and he functions as a beatstick, which Madness kinda need. I personally would not use him outside of Madness though.

Limited: 4/5 You pull him, you play him. Maybe not Dreadmorph Ogre, but that hardly means he won't get a win or two on your scorecard.

9/20/06
 


Rolf the Ruf

Chrysalis Spinner

8M

P: 5

D/L: 6/12

Reincarnate


We begin another week of reviews with a good looking mini. Chrysalis Spinner looks like a transparent fairy. She made number five on my list of best sculpts. Looks really cool when you hold her up to a light. But this cute little nymph is about more than just good looks. At an 8-drop she boasts a 5-die attack, which is pretty sweet. Madness typically features creatures with low Defense but high Life numbers. The Spinner is no exception. Her numbers are not gaudy, but very solid. In fact, all around, this creature is a solid warrior right out of the box, without even considering her ability. Which is what makes her ability the real icing on the cake. Reincarnate allows you to bring one of the other creatures in your graveyard back into your reserves when she is destroyed. So far in this game, this is one of two creatures that can bring back a creature from beyond the grave. For most players who are operating on a budget, this is huge. Generally you have only one of a few key creatures in your warband and when they are gone they are gone. But the necromancer fairy is here to grant your wishes and raise the dead for you. The thing that makes this such a good mini for warbands running Madness is that you would normally expect a creature with an ability like this to be a wuss, forcing you to have to consider using a weak piece just to get a second chance with one of your fatties. Not so! The little butterfly babe is buff and knows how to use it. I put this piece on par with Whirlwind Dervish for Valor... doesn't really fit the normal themes (movement, crit warpstrike, etc.) but too good to overlook.

Constructed: 4/5

Sealed: 4.5/5 (her versatility makes her even better in limited formats)
Artwork 4.5/5 (Fairy Magic!)
 
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