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Murderous Widow
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Murderous Widow

Reviewed March 22, 2007

Constructed: 2.00

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

Chen Wan Lee Murderous Widow
Today’s review is the Murderous Widow, an uncommon Passion figure from Chrysotic Plague. This figure adds to a rather short list of 6-drop Passion figures pre-CP, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she is good. Looking at her stats, she is extremely vulnerable even by Passion standards, and has the lowest survivability of her cost. Her power, however, is off the charts, topping the Skeever Hatchling.

So far so good; she is effectively a glass cannon, like a Bloodthristy Redcap holding an even bigger cleaver. Then you look at her abilities.
Blade: Crit 1. Good. Deathblow resistance. Good. Loner. Oh my goodness…..

Yes, like several other Passion figures like Lone Wolf, Dreamreef Marauder and the like, she is a Loner. And we all know what that means. Loners traditionally have above-average stats in exchange for one of the most self-crippling effects in the game. In this case, her 6 attack still means she can probably kill Scarab Warcharms on a slightly above average roll, but that’s about it. Anything tougher than that becomes significantly hard to kill, making her a weenie/medium creature hunter. Not that Passion needs one, considering how Passion figures usually allow the player to roll an insane number of dice, utterly wiping the cell out anyway.

To make matters worse, she comes in the same set as the Crazed Maenad, another 6-cost Passion miniature. While both of them are difficult to compare pound for pound considering the fact that the Maenad needs support unlike the Widow, the Maenad has Mutation 10, which is downright insane when pulled off with some movement tricks. Change her into something bigger (say, Bloodcut Behemoth, another Loner but with good stats and a nice passive ability to back it up), move that into the next cell, and get ready to fight in that cell after that. The fact is in most cases if I really wanted a 6-cost Passion figure, I’d pick the Maenad over this.

Still, some may believe that she is great tech as a solo piece that can run around killing a huge selection of commonly played miniatures (basically, everything more vulnerable or equal to Scarab Warcharm) and is potentially difficult to kill due to her immunity to deathblows; if you go first, something will probably die. Your opponent will then have to move something into her cell to kill her, effectively biding you some time. Usually, opponents move something big or multiple weenies in to kill her, for fear of failing, in which case you are totally exposed to her striking back on the next turn. This in itself is pretty good. Some would ignore her though, but you can always use that to your advantage and move her around to occupy cells. Plus, there is always a chance you may get lucky – I’ve disrupted a Dreadmorph Ogre with my 4-attack Redcap before, so this might just kill it.

Constructed: 2/5. She didn’t get the 1/5 because she is still fairly usable, but Loner really, really hurts.

Art: 5/5. A girl in a wedding dress with a mask and an axe. Whoever did the concept of this miniature is seriously demented, but heck, its coo
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