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Borg Penitent
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Borg Penitent


Reviewed March 14, 2007

Constructed: 2.00
Sealed: 1.50

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


Mod-Log

Boooooorg Penitent. 

This was the first Passion pieces spoiled when Chrysotic Plague was first introduced.  It's this tiny, transparent robot looking like he's praying...Probably for better stats.

This guy is a 4 PP; 1 Power, 1 defense, 2 life.

This sounds a lot like Hammerhead (3P, 3 power, 1 defense, 2life).

So why does he cost more?!  Check out the ability 

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1: Provoke — At the beginning of the opponent's first action phase this turn, if there are local enemies, the opponent must strike during that action phase.

This can change what the opponent is going to do for the turn if you lose initiative; forcing an attack first.  This DEFINATELY helps if the Borg is the only thing the opponent is engaged with.  His stats are pretty much guaranteed to ensure that he'll be dying if he's attacked. 

I haven't used this myself (as I'm not a big fan of passion), going off of the wording.  If you have 1 cell that has engaged enemies and you have Angel of Sunrise and Borg Penitent in the same cell.  You use Provoke, but are able to use something like Zungar Standardbearer or Pearlthorn Castle to get the Borg out of there, they STILL have to go after the Angel, whose stats ensure she'll be pretty much sitting where she's at.  SWEET!

There is definate potential to the Borg, but I think a part of why I don't like him is cost/consequence to get it to work.  I believe if you have the resources to be able to shoot off PROVOKE and save the Borg.  You're probably already winning.

So in that sense, he's a bit like Genteel Husk:  Won't help you in a pinch, but he's there to help you seal the deal.  A 'win-better' piece.

I'll give the little guy a 2 out of 5.  Part of that score comes from me not pulling him in sealed. 

---Mod-Log

Chen Wan Lee

Borg Penitent
Today’s review is the Borg Penitent, a rare Passion figure from Chrysotic Plague, and possibly one of the most controversial rares out there. There are generally two points of view on this miniature:

1) It’s terrible. It has horrible stats for its cost, and unlike Book of
Nothing that is almost as bad stat-wise at nearly the same cost, this miniature doesn’t actually plan on ever doing any damage; it wants to die, giving your opponent a free point.
2) It has potential to be game-turning. Basically, you drop him right
infront of a potential threat and force that figure to attack, denying your opponent of a possible double-shift or striking after shifting. Either way, this totally messes up your opponent’s plans.

I’m probably optimistic in saying this, but I opt for option two, in a way.
While most competitive warbands rely strongly on being able to maximize what can be done in a single action (generally via movement and striking after moving via blade effects), the Borg tries to do the opposite; it forces your opponent to do what he/she doesn’t want to do, effectively minimizing the effectiveness of his or her turn.

The Borg Penitent might be a little ahead of its time, but shows great potential. For now though it’s a fun piece that you could include in your band just for kicks, as it is unlikely to change the game more than another good miniature.

Constructed: 2/5. Just not its time, yet.
Sealed: 1.5/5. I personally won’t pick it since every piece counts alot, but there are worse choices, hence rescuing it from a 1/5.

Art: 1/5. I don’t like it.
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